When it comes to weight loss diets, there is no shortage of programs, plans or strategies you can find. What’s more, it might seem like everyone has an opinion about which ones you should try. This can be very overwhelming, making it difficult for you to pick one diet from the ever-growing number of options.
If you feel more confused than ever about which diet to choose and what advice to take, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re on the hunt to find a diet that’s right for you.
- Think about past diets you’ve tried – What did you like about them and what didn’t you like about them? Think about what it was about these diets that ultimately led to them failing to avoid choosing diets that could lead to you repeating the same cycle.
- How do you like to lose weight – Do you prefer to diet on your own or are you happier with a support group? Do you need more structure or do you prefer a diet with fewer restrictions? Knowing what you like is essential for choosing a diet that works for you.
- Know your budget – Find out how much you can afford to spend on your diet and eliminate all diet plans that are beyond your means.
- Do you have a health condition, allergies or follow a lifestyle choice that needs consideration – An existing health condition, allergies or culture or ethnic food requirements or preferences need to be considered when choosing a diet. This will help to make the process of elimination easier.
- Choose a diet that includes foods you like and that is food-flexible – If you’re forced to give up all your favorite foods or the plan is too repetitive or restrictive, you’re likely to tire of it quickly. If your goal is long-term weight loss you need to commit to a plan that you can realistically adopt as a lifestyle.
- Make sure the diet is balanced – Diet plans that drastically cut calories, focus on eating large quantities of certain foods, or that eliminate entire food groups (e.g. carbs) are not only difficult to follow, but they can lead to nutritional problems as well. The best diets are those that include adequate nutrients and calories.
- Your diet plan should include physical activity – Yes, the bulk of your weight loss will come from lowering your calorie consumption, but exercise will help to give your weight loss a boost, provides you with health benefits and goes a long way in helping you to maintain weight loss.
- Involve your doctor in your weight loss efforts – Before you start any weight loss program, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can review your health and find out if any health condition you may have or any medication you may be on can affect your weight. Your doctor can help you find a program that works for your specific goals and needs without sacrificing your health or your safety.