Thinking of trying a fad diet to get into a bikini? Think again!

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We’ve seen the headlines: Kourtney Kardashian, Miranda Kerr and other celebs miraculously drop their baby weight and look (possibly) even smaller then before they were pregnant. They pose in the tiniest bikinis—how apt because swimsuit season’s here and they tout the latest fad diet.

Don’t listen! Fad diets like Dukan, Master Cleanse, Party Girl, KEN and others may help you drop almost five pounds quickly, but once you’re off them, you can not only gain back the weight you lost, you can add on more pounds. In the end, fad dieting becomes a vicious cycle.

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British Dietician Association consultant Sian Porter told the Daily Mail, “…People often look for a quick fix. They see air-brushed celebrities and aspire to look like that. But if it looks too good to be true, it usually is. We see new health fads and diets every year, but there is no substitute or exercising and a balanced diet.”

Dr. David Katz, founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center and Huffington Post blogger, stated when asked about fad diets, “If it’s not something a parent can share with a child, it is apt to be a very questionable approach.”

So ask yourself this, would you let your child or a friend’s child eat what you’re eating? No, I didn’t think so. We all have a friend who tried a fad diet. She was miserable on it, and made everyone around her miserable too. She lost weight, looked amazeballs for a month, and then the pounds piled on. She ended up heavier than before.

There really isn’t a secret weight loss plan.  You’ve got to eat a balanced diet and eat less calories than you burn. Don’t know where to find tasty but good for you recipes? Then click on over to our Food + Drink Section. There, you’ll find recipes and great healthy suggestions on what to eat.

You also need to exercise to burn off calories. Try parking your car at the farthest point in the mall parking lot. Get off one or two stops before your bus or subway stop and walk. Use the elevator instead of stairs. When you get off work, take a walk. It’ll not only decompress you from work-related stress, it’ll also burn calories.

Another suggestion would be to try spas that offer exercise classes.  Here are two examples of spas that offer exercise classes in addition to traditional spa treatments:

1. The Exhale Spa in Midtown Manhattan offers yoga and core fusion classes.

2. Thinking about trying Pilates, the Spa at the Standard Hotel in Miami has a variety of fitness classes, including Pilates, Yoga and Boot Camp.

3. The VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho includes the use of their fitness center if you use one of their services. This month you can get their 60 minute Spa Sampler package for $99 (including tip!).

To find more spas in your nabe, check out Spa Week’s Spa Directory.

Don’t forget to reward yourself for your good behavior. You could give yourself a goal. Something like for every 5 pounds you lose, you treat yourself to a massage, facial or body wrap.

It’s really important to acknowledge and celebrate each milestone you make when you lose weight. What better way to honor yourself and your commitment to living a healthy lifestyle than by treating yourself to a healing and luxurious spa treatment.

PJ Gach is Managing Editor Spa Week Daily, and Social Media Manager of SpaWeek.com

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