Some say that diets don’t work, but what we choose to put into our bodies is important! Discover how to choose a diet that works for you and your needs.
You’re going to be going on a cruise in a few months. You would like to get in shape before you head out. You’ve never believed in diets but just this once you’re willing to try one out.
This is all well and good but it’s easy to do more harm than good when on a diet. You want to lose weight but you don’t want to hurt yourself doing it. That’s why it’s important to ask yourself questions and get your doctor involved before committing to one.
To help you pick a diet that works, here is a quick guide on everything that that you should consider before you get started.
Get Your Doctor Involved
Nobody will know what your body needs more than your doctor. They have your entire medical history laid out on a clipboard so they will be able to sit down with you and talk about your needs.
They will go over your entire medical history with you and tell you any conditions and medications that may get in the way of your dieting needs. From there they can suggest a few diets that they think will work.
During this talk be sure to bring up any diets that you’re interested in so they can tell you if they will be effective. Once this appointment is over they can refer you to a dietitian who can help you through the rest of your journey if need be.
What Are Your Personal Needs?
There are a lot of diets out there and not all of them will work for you. You can weed out a few diets by considering your personal preferences. Here are a few things to think about.
Diets that You’ve Tried Out
Have you tried a diet before that didn’t work out? Take some time to consider why it didn’t do the job for you.
Perhaps you did like it but it was too hard to work around your daily life. That happens to the best of us. There are some diets, that while effective can leave us emotionally and physically drained and that’s no good.
Sometimes the diet leaves you feeling hungry because they compromise food portions for low-calories. Feeling hungry won’t only make you lose motivation but will also make you feel sick and cranky.
Speaking of motivation, if you lost it halfway through your last diet, perhaps this time you should do one that involves a support group.
There are some plans that cause you to have to buy meal plans and supplements and attend support meetings. If the cost of diet plan is too high you obviously can’t do it.
The best way to judge if it’s going to be too high is to go ahead and set your budget for it. Decide how much you will be willing to spend. This will stop you from dipping into your rent money every month so you can lose weight.
If your funds won’t allow you splurge on a fancy plan at all then turn to your online sources. There are many programs that are either free or are pretty close to it.
One of the main things that you need to consider when looking at diet plans is your medical conditions. For example, there are some plans that are better for diabetics than others.
Next thing is your culture. Are there any requirements or needs that you have to keep in mind regarding that?
Features to Look for
With each plan come different features. If you want to pick one that you don’t mind living with then you will need to look at its flexibility, balance, and taste.
Is it Flexible
One food doesn’t make a healthy diet. You need all of the food groups working together to make your body healthy. So rather than picking a diet that isolates certain food groups, find one that incorporates every single one.
This being said, it should allow you to dip into some friendly indulgence every once in a while but limit foods that you’re not getting any nutrition from such as sugary drinks and alcohol.
Is it Balanced
Again, your diet of choice should be able to give you all the nutrients that you need. It shouldn’t force you to put a hard stop on putting calories in your body, cause you to kick full food groups out of your life, or require a high amount of vitamins and supplements.
If it does, then it will cause nutritional problems down the line that are more serious than a little extra stomach.
Do You Like it?
The diet needs to include foods that you’ll actually eat. If it’s gross or bland to you then you’ll lose motivation for the diet. If you want lifetime weight loss try out the food.
If your reaction is that you can tolerate it then move on to another diet. It needs to be delicious not just tolerable.
Finding a Diet that Works for You
Losing a bit of weight is a worthwhile endeavor but you need to take a lot into consideration if you’re going to find a diet that works for you. You should get your doctor involved and ask yourself plenty of questions. We hope you’re able to use this guide to get started!
If you really want to lose weight you’ll need to add a bit of exercise in your diet. Visit the health tips section of our blog daily for a little bit of fitness inspiration.