Five Ways to Determine if a Weight Loss Program is Right for You Healthy Life Advice

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Five Ways to Determine if a Weight Loss Program is Right for You

Five Ways to Determine if a Weight Loss Program is Right for You

With the constant onslaught of messages from the media about the latest fad diet and that perfect weight loss plan, it can be hard to know which way to turn. It seems like every day, someone new is promising some kind of weight loss miracle the one plan you have been waiting for all of these years. How do you know which plans are worth trying and which plans are just a waste of your time? The truth is that there is only one person who knows the perfect diet plan for you and that it YOU. When you find the right diet for you, you will be able to stick with it and succeed. So, learn to drown out the background noise and evaluate diets on their merit specifically for you.

The first thing you need to consider is the food that the diet requires you to eat. Do you like it? Will you eat it? Some people are tempted to think that if they choose a diet that relies heavily on food they dont like, they will skip meals and lose even more weight. That plan is one destined to fail. If you dont like the food on a diet, you may be able to make it through a few days of skipped meals and skimpy portions, but youll soon find yourself making a run for the fast food drive thru or gorging on chocolate bars to make up for the eating you have missed. Instead, look for a diet that matches your style of eating and lets you have some variety. For instance, if you are a vegetarian, the Atkins Diet is probably not your cup of tea, and a dyed-in-the-wool meat and potato person is not going to be happy on a raw food diet. Remember, youre not trying to punish yourself youre trying to find a new, healthy lifestyle you can live with.

Next, find out what kind of activity is required to maintain the diet, and decide if you can commit to it. Some diets dont want you to exercise at all during the first few weeks, which is enough to put a fitness buff over the edge. Alternatively, if a diet requires you to exercise for an hour a day, and you havent been off the couch in months, you need something with a slower start.

The third thing to ask yourself is if you have enough time for the diet. The menus for some diets require you to do some pretty extensive meal planning and make you spend a lot of time in the kitchen chopping and cooking. When youre working 40+ hours a week, raising a family and are used to depending on the local delivery service, this addition to your schedule may be enough to lead you to diet failure. If you like to cook, these kinds of plans are fine. If you need to diet on the go, consider a diet that relies heavily on prepared and packaged food.

One question that people often neglect to ask themselves is whether or not they can afford a diet plan. Diets that involve eating packaged meals for every meal can be extremely expensive, and protein only diets can take a serious bite out of your budget as well. The object is to make you, not your pocketbook, thinner, so choose a plan that fits your budget.

Last but not least, ask yourself if you are really ready to diet. If you can look at the diet as an exciting step towards a new life, you are probably ready to make the commitment and get it done. If you are dreading day one, binging the night before, then maybe you are not in the diet frame of mind yet. Set yourself up for success but dieting when you are inspired to stick with it.

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