As swimsuit season approaches expert warns about fad diets

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Mon, April 14 2014 at 5:51 PM, Updated: Mon, April 14 2014 at 8:36 PM

Meford, Ore. -- With summer just around the corner there's still time to lose a couple of pounds before heading out to the coast or the lake. But one dietitian is warning people about shedding those winter pounds too quickly.

Clinical Dietitian at Providence Hospital, Christine Briel-Smith, said if a diet promises you'll lose the weight without making sustainable changes to your eating habits, beware. Rapid weight loss is simply unhealthy.

"You slow your metabolism down and when you go back to eating the way you're used to eating you put on more weight than you had before," Briel-Smith said.

And a different kind of weight. Briel-Smith said people who lose weight quickly tend to gain back unhealthy fat around their midsection. This can put them at a higher risk for metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar, which could lead to diabetes.

Instead of falling for quick fixes, she said it's better to make small life style changes. She advised eating more fruits and vegetables and moving more.

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

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