Choosing a diet can be frustrating. Especially when you feel like you've tried them all and have not yielded the results you've always hoped for. The fact of the matter is that no diet is made to order for everyone. You must suss out the situation and figure out what you want from a diet, what you are willing to give, and how much time and money you have to invest. Choosing a diet that includes foods you actually enjoy eating is something that you need to take seriously. If the plan is not conducive to your taste buds you will inevitably sneak those foods in and each plan is designed one way and usually one way only. There is not much room for play.
Here are some techniques that may help you choose a diet that is right for you. They are broken into sections of interest and you can choose to answer all of them or some of them to decipher if you are ready to diet, and which one may be the most beneficial.
What will you be comfortable with? Take a look at your eating patters, where do you eat? In fast food restaurants? When do you eat? Late at night? How often do you eat? Do you have many lunch dates for work? Do you socialize with friends by going out to dinner? What kinds of foods do you prefer (sweets, carb, protein, veggies, meats)? Are you willing to substitute food for shakes, or supplements? Do you like to exercise and are you willing to incorporate a plan of exercise into your daily routine? Can you financially afford high cost diet plans, expensive foods and supplements, a gym membership?
What are the things that weaken you and cause you to fall victim to overeating? Is your job such that it is hard to plan meals and bring prepared dishes with you- Do your cravings turn to headaches when you don't have the desired foods? Is your family on a diet with you or do you have to prepare meals for yourself separately when dieting? Consider these things and plan for them,working out fixes along the way. Diets the promise no inconvenient are a lie! Each diet plan requires some time and maintenance and will require a turn inform your normal way of life.
What are the things that you reward yourself for? What are the strong points of your personality when it comes to dieting and life in general? These things need to be used to your advantage. By emphasizing the things that you are good at, you may be able to lessen the stress and help get your body onto a healthier shape faster. Find things you are good at, is it jogging, walking, swimming, shopping for bargains, playing with your kids, cooking, working, etc, and reward yourself for excelling in those areas. If you like to cook stick to a diet that allows home cooked meals. If you like to swim, find a diet that promotes activities such as swimming or other exercise, if you like shopping for bargains, feel good about a diet that requires lots of shopping.
Consider a diet plan that controls calories. Eating the proper number of calories is really the only way to lose weight. You may hear of all the hype regarding the no carb diet plans and have may even seem your friends shed lots of pounds on them. The bottom line is discovering a healthy lifestyle that you can implement forever is the key to long term weight loss. Cutting out food groups is not. You will lower your weight by changing the amount of carbohydrates, protein or fat that you eat, but your heart, health and longevity of weight loss is at risk.
There are ways to control calories. You can count calories, and go with a plan like weight watchers, that makes calorie counting very easy when using their tools, or you can count them yourself, which is more complicated and time consuming. Controlling the number of servings and portion sizes something many diet plans resort to, while others use other systems like the point systems.Watch way has its benefits and quirks, you just must find which one feels more comfortable for you.
Diets that offer unlimited amount of food should be used with caution if at all. Long term weight loss is unlikely when you are not counting calories.
There are so many diets out today that promise and promote so many things- high carb diets, low carb, low fat, no fat, all fat. It can be confusing to know who is telling the truth, who is totally basing their "fact" on studies that have never been promoted by anyone other than themselves, and who really has a handle on weight loss and general health and fitness.
Here is a breakdown of what all this means:
Low Carb - Being a very important energy source carbs are an important, so diets which eliminate them all together are not the best choice if you do not want to go through an initial and maybe permanent sluggish period. Diets claiming that eliminating carbs all together is the key to weight loss tend to be swimming with saturated fat and are often deficient in nutrients. Restrict the amount of fruits and vegetables you can eat while on these diets, even though many of these foods contain phytochemicals that are known to reduce the risk of disease (not to mention the vitamins, minerals, and fiber you will be cutting out of your diet) in many cases is not the healthiest choice you can make for your overall well being. If going with a low-carb diet try to find one that that allows you to have a sufficient amount of low carb vegetables and fruits, while containing 'healthy' fats like fish and nuts.
High Carb - Maintain a routine of exercise is essential when applying a high carb diet. Fat although sometimes shunned in these diets is essential and should be incorporated while eating foods high in iron and calcium. The key to all dieting obviously is to eat a variety of healthy foods. Allow yourself sufficient calories (sufficient being roughly- 1600 cals for an average sized adult, 1200being the lowest you should go unless on a specific plan that is being monitored by your physician.
High Protein - High protein usually yields low carb, so beware of the restrictions here. If you are into working out and weight lifting you may find that high protein diets work best for you, as they aid in the training you are doing with your body. High protein diets that reincorporate and moderate fats and carbohydrates can be a healthy alternative to the low carb high fat diets out there today.
A simple brisk walk around your black for 30 minutes a day will amaze you at how much of a difference it will make in your overall outcome while dieting. Aerobic exercise will burn calories aid in the maintanance of your metabolism by reducing muscle loss. You do not need to follow a strenuous, exercise routine to lose weight- swimming, walking, light jogging, yoga- all of these things will get you on the right track. If you are facing a challenge with obesity, try not to stress your body out with taking on a high impact exercise routine until you have reached a comfortable weight.
If you are interested in increasing your muscle mass try a little weight training- start off slow and light and gradually build up to a harder workout. This will burn less calories per session, but it will increases your metabolism. Weight training is often a great way for heavier adults to get the blood pumping, the heart rate up, and aid in the uncomfort they feel when placed in a highly active aerobic exercise class.
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