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More than 35 percent of American adults are considered obese, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With so much emphasis put on weight and healthy living, many people turn to “quick-fix” or fad diets that promise rapid weight loss and a new waistline in a short amount of time.

UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences Assistant Professor Amy Goss, Ph.D., says some of the current popular mainstream diets shouldn’t be considered fads at all. Instead, she says they are more of a lifestyle change that can lead to much healthier living.

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