An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year. Yet, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 72% of adults aged 20 years and older are either overweight or obese. So how is it possible with so many people going on a diet each year that the rate of overweight and obese adults continues to climb?

What if I told you, dieting to lose weight can actually put you at increased risk for future weight gain. The truth is, many trending diets focus primarily on weight loss rather than on nutrition and health. Yet each year, people are continually interested in popular diets trending on social media because they see individuals with dramatic weight loss.

Keto, Whole 30, Paleo, and Intermittent Fasting are just a few of the many popular diets offering a quick fix for losing those unwanted pounds. However, how do you know if these diets are healthy and sustainable?

Join University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Diane Reinhold, as we explore the world of dieting. Learn what foods are recommended by some popular diets, such as Keto, Whole 30, Paleo, and Intermittent Fasting. During this session, we will explore the pros and cons of these diets. We will also look at the reseach and safety of these diets and help you identify potential red flags of any diet plan, allowing you to walk away empowered to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Exploring Current Diet Trends: The Good, the Bad, and the Hard to Maintain will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2021, from 1:00-3:00 PM. This virtual event is free; however, preregistration is requested. The registration deadline is April 20, 2021. For more information on this program, or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact our office at (815) 235-4125, or visit us online at go.illinois.edu/jsw.

Diane Reinhold is a University of Illinois Extension, Nutrition and Wellness Educator and registered dietitian. For more about upcoming programming on nutrition and wellness, visit http://go.illinois.edu/jsw or call 815-235-4125.