Choosing the right diet plan
Article by Matt Davis
You’ve decided that you need to go on a diet. But what is the right diet plan for me?
Whether you’re looking at merely losing a few pounds or 100 pounds, there are certain things that you must take into consideration to be sure that you are picking the right one. You need the right one to help you attain the weight loss goals you have and to ensure that you are staying healthy. Unfortunately, diets are not a one-size-fits-all. Some diets do not contain a balance of the nutrition that your body needs. This can make you very ill and won’t help you lose weight properly.
Have realistic expectations:
Understand that losing weight will take time. Obviously, how much weight you want to lose will determines how long it will take. Be cautious here. You do not want to choose a plan the promise you lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. This type of plan is most likely going to be very unhealthy and an unsafe option for you. After the initial water loss weight, you should safely lose around 1 to 2 pounds a week to remain healthy.
Is this the right diet plan for you?
When you are researching your different diet plans, make sure that your selection is one that you think would suit you and your lifestyle. For instance, if you are a very busy person who’s not home very often, you should choose a plan that has built inconvenience as well as healthy choices. Unfortunately, if you end up selecting a plan that you don’t stick to for whatever reason, you will only end up failing and return to your old ways. The difference now is that you’ll be feeling worse than you did when you started your diet plan.
If you select a plan that uses calorie counting as a basis, make sure that you are eating enough calories to remain healthy and active. You only want to cut out enough calories that you can lose one to 2 pounds a week. Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules for this either. Many things into her into the calculation of calories needed. Just how many calories you need each day will depend on your activity level and your starting weight.
The right nutrition:
Make sure to review any diet plans you are considering thoroughly and see what they allow or suggest for you to eat. Any of the fad diets that make you starve yourself or drink strange concoctions is not safe. Depending on the diet of your choice, you want the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and fats. The percentages of each will depend on your diet choice. For instance, low-carb diets such as Atkins, Primal, Paleo, and Ketogenic have slightly different food requirements.
Research is now showing that low fat, high carbohydrate diets are detrimental to your health.
The right diet plan conclusion:
When deciding upon a diet plan, it’s always wise to speak to your healthcare professional. They are aware of your general health conditions and if applicable, medications. You should also discuss what types and how much of exercise you should do as your diet progress.
This discussion with them should reinforce to you that you have chosen the right diet plan.