Gearing up to start a weight loss program? If you already have your workout program in check and are now wondering what you should be doing on the nutrition side of things, there’s no question that you have plenty of options.
All it takes is one walk through the bookstore or Google search of ‘diet plan’ to see that you have literally thousands of different choices.
So which will work best? Which diet should you use?
Here are a few things to consider.
First you need to understand what the basic requirements of a smart and sound diet approach are. As you might have guessed, a diet that has you eating only 900 calories per day, coming strictly from liquids isn’t going to be a diet you should consider.
You want to always keep health in mind here. Sure, losing weight fast might be great, but it’s not worth sacrificing your health for. If you look great but feel miserable, trust me, you won’t enjoy your body.
So whenever evaluating any diet plan, look for three things:
1. Sufficient calorie intake – no diet should take you below 1200 calories a day for females or 1500 calories per day for males.
2. Sufficient protein – the diet should have you eating at least 0.8 grams/lb. of protein each day to prevent lean muscle tissue loss and loss of strength.
3. Food variety – the diet should also not eliminate entire food groups, but rather, encourage proper food choices from a variety of different sources.
If the diet satisfies these requirements, then you can move on to the next consideration.
Your Personal Preferences
This next consideration is your own personal preferences. As hard as it may be to believe, you do have a say in which diet is best. Let me tell you one thing, the number one factor determining success with weight loss is whether the individual sticks with their diet plan.
You can have the absolute best diet plan in the world, but if you can’t stick to it because you’re so miserable using it, you won’t be seeing results. It’s that simple.
Those who stay with their diet will almost always see better results than those who don’t.
The morale of the story? Don’t force yourself onto a diet you know you won’t enjoy. For instance, if you feel miserable two days into a low carb diet, don’t attempt yet another one.
You don’t have to go low carb to lose fat. There are plenty of higher carb diets out there that are structured in a healthy manner that will assist with weight loss as well.
Always try and find a diet that you feel you could stick with forever. The more of a ‘lifestyle change’ you make this, the better your chances of success will be.
Finally, also try and find a plan that teaches you how to eat right in the future. If the plan you’re considering calls for a lot of ‘ready-made’ meals or snacks that you need to purchase from the diet company itself, this isn’t going to help you learn how to properly manage your weight into the future.
Once you reach your goal, unless you keep eating their food, there’s a good chance you’ll put the weight back on.
Likewise, if a diet has you spending hours in the kitchen each day cooking and you know you’d never do this for the long haul, it’s also not teaching you lifestyle habits you can maintain.
Find a diet that you will be able to stick with, even after reaching your goal body weight. This way, you can easily transition into weight maintenance and enjoy the results of your hard work.
So there you have the info you need to know about which diet is best. There’s no such thing as a ‘best’ diet, but rather, a diet that’s best for you.
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