As we’re in the season of “new year, new you” — thousands of weight loss seekers throw down the nutritional gauntlet and commit to losing weight. Some will resort to ineffective, dangerous diets that are harmful to their bodies.

While so many people have the best intentions to finally take of those nagging excess pounds, only a few will permanently reach their weight loss goals. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, 98 per cent of people who lose weight will gain it back within five years. In other words, only 2 per cent of all weight loss seekers will keep it off.

My goal for this year is to help people take the weight off for good. In order to do so, it is important to identify what works and what does not work. Many fad diets endanger your body, cause temporary weight loss results and eventually result in future weight gain.