First I would like to apologize as this article contains strong opinions against a very popular trend right now. Some may find this content offensive, if you do feel free to close this window now. This content was not created to “bash” a product or theory; however, it was created to explain why you may want to do your research before using it. 

A Healthy Way To Lose Weight and Shed Pounds Fast

A Not So Healthy Trend

I am almost done with my Health Coaching Certification, not that I will be teaching any time soon, but I am already putting what I’ve learned to good use. I am trying a more holistic approach to better my health. I am also learning how to do my own research on products and services that claim to improve life or health. I still struggle and I still slip up a bit but I am trying to lose weight with a healthy approach. Last Friday I went to Urgent Care, weighing 140 when I stepped on the scale, the following Tuesday I weighed 138. Not the most impressive but its improvement; healthy progress in a short amount of time.

Are you on a weight loss journey? Can’t find the product right for you? I’ll tell you why, the reason is simple: there is no magical product that will help you lose 40 lbs in a week. – If a product claims to do so, it’s certainly not a healthy choice. Often times we get so consumed in the thought of looking slimmer, we consider doing just about anything to our bodies to attain that goal weight.

Years ago I asked my surgeon about something a few of my coworkers were doing at the time. They were losing weight so fast just by drinking a simple mix of lemon, onions and a few herbs and spices! – I have Ulcerative Colitis, so I never try a diet without consulting my physician first. Honestly, even if you don’t have any kind of illness, I highly suggest consulting a medical professional before trying any products or diets (too). Moving on, I talked to my surgeon and explained the diet and how much weight my coworkers were losing. My surgeon explained the flaws of the diet and how anyone losing weight from it were only dropping water weight, which in my case, because I not only had Ulcerative Colitis, but also had an Ostomy at the time, would be very dangerous. Dehydrating your body to lose a few pounds is not a good or safe way to lose weight and the weight loss is only temporary and your body needs water to survive.

Since that time, quite a few “weight loss trends” have come up, but one seems to be unavoidable: Wraps. People are claiming that wraps can help you lose this massive amount of weight. Before I go into what MDs and evidence say, I want to teach you a little trick. When I asked my surgeon about the “lemon drink” he advised, next time I come across something like that, ask myself (two questions): Does this sound right? Do this sound healthy?

So I’m challenging you to do the same. Ask yourself two questions the next time you approach these kinds of products, drinks or diets claiming you will lose a great deal of weight in a short period of time: Does it sound right? Does it sound healthy? – I’m not telling you to turn it down, but if either answer is no, please do your own research and consult with your physician before trying it.

I decided to dig a little deeper into the world of wraps and do my own research. I found statements from physicians saying “there’s no evidence” the wraps do every/ anything these vendors are claiming, unhealthy, ect. In an article published by WebMD  , a credible source for health news and information, Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi is quoted stating, “Any loss of inches is going to be temporary; wraps cannot take the place of a healthy diet and exercise.” Tanzi continues to say, “They can temporarily make you feel a little thinner, and when you look at the scale the pounds can go down a pound or two. But that’s water weight loss. It’s a temporary phenomenon.” – So why waste time and money investing in something that is not only unhealthy, but temporary?

I spoke with Dr. Felicia Robertson, MD, a board certified family practice physician of Wisconsin. I asked Dr. Robertson what she felt about this trend and she confirmed, “Any weight loss is purely temporary.” Dr. Robertson advises that as long as individuals are aware of, and okay with their “temporary results,” – it can be fine; however, she “would not recommend it as a part of weight loss” and (instead) “would encourage healthy lifestyle choices through”

A Healthy Way To Lose Weight

Traffic Light Eating

The other day, I had a very interesting conversation with my sister. She told me everything she’d given up during her diets in the past as an attempt to lose weight. I explained to my sister a few different things I’d been learning in class, but I stressed one topic in particular: Restriction. – Don’t get me wrong, if you are allergic or unable to tolerate a certain food(s), or for medical reasons are unable to eat certain things, by all means, please disregard. – This is for people who voluntarily cut out their favorite sweets and treats to lose weight, my message (to you) is: You don’t have to. Telling yourself you can’t have something can be the fastest way to fail on a diet. Instead, let’s try this: moderation.

This method is not only a simple, but reasonable way to lose weight. It’s called: Traffic Light Eating. I will discuss Traffic Light Eating in more detail when I finish my course but it’s honestly so simple a child can do it!

Green: Go Foods – Eat as much of these as you would like. They are very hard to overeat and you can incorporate them into every meal. An example of delicious Go Foods would be: – Fruits and Vegetables, Beans, Lean meat and Salmon, ect.

Yellow: Slow Foods – Don’t eat these with every meal, and certainly not everyday. Although delicious, too much of the Yellow foods too often can be unhealthy. An idea of some yellow foods would be: Reduced fat products like dairy, cakes and muffins (reduced fat version), white bread, taco shells, ect.

Red: WHOA Foods – Whoa! Is there a better option? Some refer to these as special occasion foods. These foods are most likely to cause health problems. You don’t want to eat them with every meal or even everyday. Although they are extremely yummy, we may want to find a substitute. Examples of these foods would be: deep fried foods, savory pastry products, processed meat, chocolate and sugary drinks, ect. Of course Traffic Light Eating would be in addition to other lifestyle changes, but it’s certainly in a step in the right direction.

Click here to learn more about Traffic Light Eating


As always, thanks for reading. Before you go:

What do you think about Traffic Light Eating? Simple as it seems? Let me know in the comments below!

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45 thoughts on “A Healthy Way To Lose Weight

  • Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve definitely tried my share of fad diets, gadgets, and pills… but I only ever get success from combining healthy eating and exercising on a consistent basis (which is definitely not easy).

  • Great article! I have noticed that the endless slew of Wraps have been slowly dying down on my social media outlets and they seem to be replaced by more healthy living folks, which is awesome! I love the food color coding as well.

    • That’s good to hear that it’s dying down! Yes (hopefully) it’s just a temporary trend. I’ve been seeing a lot more of it on my timeline (especially people selling them). I hope this article helps. Thanks for reading

  • Good advice. I think a sustainable food plan is the only way to keep the weight off. Healthy eating and exercise. Also, a mentality of being empowered rather than restricted. Thanks for the post!

  • Love this! So true! I’ve had an eating disorder in the past, so I need to be careful about avoiding dieting bandwagons. I know that psychologically, I’m prone to getting out of whack when it comes to food. Instead, I just try to eat HEALTHY, but not militantly in accord to any diet. I know if I stray too far from the road of moderation, I can fall off the deep end. :-/ I really like your traffic light analogy! I’ll definitely be thinking about that next time some red light foods come up. Thanks!!

  • Great post, Shawna.
    I totally agree that there are no magic formulas, no magic tricks, only education and determination to make lifestyle choices and changes.

    I like the Traffic Light Eating plan. Thanks for the download!
    Stopping by from Called to Blog.

    • Thanks for reading! Yes I love Traffic Light Eating! You can sign up for our Newsletter for more tips and free downloads.

  • This is all great advice! I feel like fad diets are like abs exercises. You may want to see results, but it takes consistency to see them. All doing abs exercises will do is bulk up your middle at first until you lose the layer of fat over them. It takes a combination of all things healthy to see results – including eating healthy.

  • I think we like the idea of quick weight loss, but the reality is it happens through exercise and healthy eating. The traffic light approach seems like a really good idea – and it works as a long term diet cause you don’t have to cut out the fun stuff altogether!

  • Agreed that everything in moderation…not just food but everything in life!

  • Chelsey

    I love the idea of this traffic light eating. I unfortunately am one of many that go on diet after diet, with nothing really working. I’m definitely going to try your method and see how it turns out!

    • Let me know if it works for you! You can sign up for my newsletter for more free health tips and tricks.

  • Congrats on your cert. Yes, there are far to many diets / latest ideas when it comes to weight loss and health. What I always say is ” everything in moderation”. It’s ok to have a chocolate bar, as long as you don’t have too many.

  • I think the traffic light mechanism could be a great help to getting on the right track. Thx for your opinion and honesty!

  • Agreeeed!!

  • I always wondered what the deal was with those wraps! Glad to find out! I like your traffic light eating idea. I am always struggling to find the balance between moderation and overindulgence.

  • I certainly do not believe in any fad diets, miracle cures or weight loss hype. Nothing but sensible, non processed and good foods in moderation works.
    Thanks for a great post.

  • This is a great post!! The way I look at it- a good and healthy way to lose weight has to be a way of life you can keep up long term and keep going. It can’t be something you only do for a time. That is why I love the advocare 24 day challenge because it is the way I eat and drink and live. The only difference is I only do the cleanse during the 24 day challenge every 3 months.

  • Great advice! Not heard of those wraps though … but i find that as soon as I say I “can’t” have something it’s all I want ! So one day at a time !

  • Tuli

    Great read

  • Ren

    Great post and very informative.

  • This is such a sensible approach! Any critical examination would tell a person that you’re not going to drop massive weight in a super short of time.

  • I never understood how people can expect loosing weights while not changing their habits. It seems just logical that you will not loose a pound if you still eat tacos, pizzas and drink coke !
    I like the idea of the traffic lights !

  • Great post. There are so many fads and diets out there it makes your head spin.

  • Shola

    I agree that restriction is asking for trouble. Speaking from experience. Interestingly enough I recently lost 30 lbs by cutting meat out of my diet. I didn’t make the change due to weight. I simply did not want to continue to support the slaughter of animals for my benefit.

    The weight loss was a dramatic suprise as I did not weight myself until after 2.5 months of abstaining from meat.


  • Awsome post. Will coming back to use some of the tips

  • I totally agree about the wraps. Until I see the science to support it, I am not doing it. And I am a firm believe in moderation as well. This is something that I am currently working on. I have lost 30 lbs and have another 80 lbs to go until my goal weight. I find that when I give in to a moment of temptation, I completely derail. So now I am attempting to give in a little and try not to be so strict with myself. This is helping and I am still losing! And I love the idea of the stoplight!

  • That’s a great idea and could make the lose weight journey fun and easy to follow. Your article is useful and so on point.

  • I’m on a quest to lose weight. A lot of weight. I’ve lost 35 pounds in four months. It is so slow going that it is almost discouraging. However, I am determined, no matter how long it takes.

  • very good warning article that a lot of people need to hear!

  • I love the idea. I am having a hard time losing those last extra kilos. I will incorporate it in my schedule

  • Nice post, thank you – it gives me the encouragement to keep going with my plan to lose weight.

  • Great post, Shawntel! I really like that you are giving the reality of “trend diets.” My motto when it comes to loosing weight: choose a healthy lifestyle over quick fixes. I also really liked the idea of traffic light eating (I am going to try this out).

  • Traffic light eating is a good way to approach weight loss. I think I run a lot of red lights…but I’m working on it!

  • Nice tips, will surely share with all my friends….

  • Hey Shawn… It was really helpful. I am overwight but never tried this kind of regime. Will try 🙂
    thanks for sharing

  • Very nice post – this is really handy for anyone wanting to loose weight. xx

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