How to choose the best diet

You’ve reached the point where you decided that you have had enough of not being able to enjoy your life as much as you should because of the “excess baggage” you are carrying around. The question then, with so many diets out there, is “How do I go about choosing the right diet for me?”  The eventual answer to that question will be worth millions, and truth be told, there will probably be as many answers as there are people, because we are all so different. Some of the considerations for choosing a diet are your lifestyle, your personality, your genetic make-up and your community. What follows is a list of some of the more important aspects to consider.

1. Does your diet suit your lifestyle? If you are working full day at an office, you simply do not have the time to go and search for exotic ingredients some of the celebrity diets require. Or you may not have much time available to spend in the kitchen weighing off portions or preparing food. Some of the diets may not fit your budget, while others can be easily accommodated. Do you have the time and the opportunity to attend required weigh in sessions? Make sure that whichever diet you choose, it is practical and easy to execute taking into account your lifestyle.

2. Avoid strict diets. Instead of going on a very strict diet, choose a diet that considers a healthy lifestyle and teaches you how to enjoy healthy, nutritious and appetizing food. One of the most important success factors for your diet is your mindset, so it is essential that your diet trigger positive associations in your mind. In short, you have to enjoy it. Often, when the diet is very strict, and you have made a mistake, it is very easy to feel like a complete failure and abandon the diet in its entirety. Choose a diet that allows you sufficient freedom of choice with regards to food types and regularity of meals to still enjoy your life, and that helps you to get back on track should you have made a mistake.

3. Your eating plan must take into account social engagements. We live in a society that is very food-centric, and where a lot of social interaction revolves around food. It is very difficult to think of any major achievement in your life that is not celebrated around tables of food. Friends and families gather around dinner tables and go out on picnics. It is imperative that your diet considers this and provides you with healthy ways of coping with these social engagements. If you keep on having to excuse yourself from social events, or are unable to participate effectively when you do go, you will end up resenting your new lifestyle and will abandon it at the first opportunity.

4. Choose an eating plan that allows for a reward system. All through our lives we develop favorite types of food, which are then often used as a reward. Our parents even used this system to teach us to eat vegetables, for example by offering desert in return for a clean plate, or by buying us an ice-cream for being on our best behavior. This system is so deeply ingrained in all of us that it would be virtually impossible to free ourselves from all those years of conditioning. Your diet must take this into account and teach you how to reward yourself with more healthy treats or how to incorporate some of your favorites into the diet without compromising the end results.

5. Ensure that your weight loss program suits your personality. It is important to keep in mind that when it comes to dieting, there are no “one size fit all” diets. What works for one person may not work for another. Some programs can be very prescriptive and require you to regularly report back on progress, while other leave you to your own divices. If you are the type of person that does not like to be told what to do, a program like that can be counterproductive. Similarly, if you need a little nudge every now and then to get you moving in the right direction, or if you need plenty of support, the do-it-yourself approach may not work for you at all. Try the different approaches after considering your personality type and see which works best for you.

6. Are you on the right diet for your body? We are all very different and each of our bodies responds in its own way to the different food groups. A number of research articles even suggest that your genetic makeup, blood type or your sex may play a big role in how your body reacts to certain food groups. For some people a diet high in protein can deliver fantastic results, while others may thrive on a Mediterranean type diet. All good diets and programs have certain basic principles in common, but they vary considerably in their application of these principles. While you are on your diet, measure the results and notice how your body reacts to the different food groups. In the process you will get to know your own body, and you will get better and better at optimizing your nutritional program for yourself. The important thing is not to give up trying, and to make sure that any diet you choose is based on solid principles with your health as primary objective.

7. Choose a diet that becomes a lifestyle. We have all been on diets where we lost a few, or even many pounds,  just to put it all back on again (and then some extra) the moment we return to our normal eating habits. The key to losing weight, and keeping it off, is to choose a diet that teaches you how to change you lifestyle in such a way that you do not return to those habits that were, after all, responsible for you becoming overweight in the first place!

8. Ensure that you are on a properly balanced diet. North- American (and that of most other developed nations) diets tend to be higher in carbohydrates and lower in protein than they should be. Your body needs the right mix of fuel to ensure all systems are working correctly. Ensure that your diet contains all of the necessary food groups. These include meat & beans, fat, dairy, fruits & vegetables as well as grains.

9. Don’t skip any meals. Do not choose a diet that expects you to sacrifice any of your three major meals during the day. Healthy diets advocate eating smaller portions more often, in many cases suggesting that up to 6 meals a day may be best. A diet that expects you to skip meals sends danger signals to your body, slows down your metabolism (making it even more difficult to lose weight in the future), affects your overall health and will make it downright impossible for you to stick with the program in the first place.

10. Avoid fad diets. Fad diets are getting more publicity than ever before, thanks to the wonderful communication channels and the global village we live in nowadays.  Just because the testimonials say that a specific fad diet works does not necessarily mean that it is healthy or that the weight will actually stay off. They almost never show the “after the after” picture…Do your homework properly and don’t believe everything you read.

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1 Responses to “How to choose the best diet”

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    Super post

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