There are thousands of diets around, and the growth of the weight loss market rose to 70.3 billion dollars in 2018. Wow! Everywhere you look, there is some mention of dieting, whether on the TV, magazine ads, internet ads, etc., but despite these statistics, people are still struggling to lose weight. The weight-loss new year’s resolutions fall by the wayside by the end of February, and the gyms start to empty. In the era of the Coronavirus, people are becoming more aware of their health, and that losing weight and getting fitter is an essential element of a healthy life. So if weight loss is your goal, let me show you how to choose the best diet plan.
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Yes, I agree with you; the diet jungle is confusing. It has everyone confused! There’s the Low-Carb diet, the Keto diet, the Mediterranean diet, the DASH diet, the Vegetarian, the Paleo Diet, The Sirtfood diet etc. All of which can be very confusing but equally work in different ways for different people. However, when looking for a suitable diet plan, the main question you should be asking yourself after making the initial decision to change something is, whether you can adhere to the diet to reach your goals long-term. I emphasize ‘long-term’ here because many dieting techniques deliver short term results.
Choosing the right diet plan is vital because if you don’t enjoy it, you will give up after a week or so. If a diet plan doesn’t fit into your lifestyle or it makes you feel deprived, the chances are that you will give up and this results in a feeling of failure of which you then head back to the drawing board. Let’s take a look at a few examples of different diet plans and lifestyle scenarios.
This diet is an effective way to lose weight for some people but not everyone. One can lose weight on the Keto diet by reducing carbohydrates to approx 20-50 g per day by placing the body in ketosis, which turns the body into a fat-burning furnace. The Keto diet is quite a manageable diet regime for me to follow because I eat minimal starchy carbs, and rarely eat sugary foods. However, this eating regime is going be more challenging for someone that likes eating a lot of bread, pasta, rice, potato etc. as these foods are tabu on this diet. This person will feel the cravings much more (and the Keto-Flu) than someone who eats a low-carb based diet making it more challenging and much easier to give up.
Intermittent Fasting is an effective method as it’s not a diet; it’s a pattern of eating. I do this five days a week and have two days off at the weekends. When Intermittent Fasting, one goes without food (FAST) for a certain amount of time which is usually between 12 and 16 hours then the feeding time has a 4, 6 or eight hour time window.
Intermittent fasting has some great benefits not just for weight loss because there are many health benefits that it provides and the weight-loss does follow so this plan may not be for somebody that likes to eat maybe four or five small meals per day or is used to eating four or five meals per day. So, if you’re a person that likes to have breakfast before you go out the door, then intermittent fasting might be challenging because you fast at night and your first meal is between 10 and midday so this eating regime, although it’s effective, it might just not fit into your daily plan. It depends on how your daily structure is planned and on how your work is structured, some people are quite happy not to think about breakfast and start their first meal at midday.
You can see more about Intermittent Fasting in my FREE EBOOK – Get Healthy-Get Lean with Intermittent Fasting.
The Mediterranean diet places emphasis on fruits, veggies, fish, olive oil and other healthy foods. I’m a huge fan of this diet as well as low-carb because it has fewer restrictions and doesn’t make one feel deprived. It has a high majority of wholesome foods that are high in water and rich in fibre. This diet helps to keep one full and reduce any crazy cravings. I eat a lot of fish and olive oil, so I incorporate this eating pattern within my intermittent fasting plan. However, many people don’t have the time to cook veggies and fish for lunch, and it can also be quite costly. If you are busy, busy person who travels a lot, this may be challenging too.
The best diet for you to lose weight LONG-TERM is the diet that you can enjoy and sustain That’s it, that’s the bottom line. It’s all about sustainability. Additionally, having the right mindset is the first step as one needs to make a firm decision about starting and following goals through. Making a firm decision is the first step to weight loss and thereafter, finding the right plan FOR YOU is as equally important. Along with dieting, it’s vital to assess your other lifestyle habits such as sleep, exercise and stress. Losing weight is not just about the food we eat; it covers an array of other lifestyle aspects too. Nutritional completeness is crucial, as well. Our body needs essential nutrients to function.
Choose a sensible diet that you can start to see immediate (realistic) results. Many people give up on their diets because they are not willing to wait a few months to see the results. Losing 10kg in one week is not realistic, nor is it safe. Choose your diet plan carefully and strategically, and this may help you stay on track to reaching your goals. The body needs 21 days to form a new habit, so decide to stick with ANY diet programme for 21 days no matter what. The first week is always the hardest!
There is nothing better or more motivating than being part of a community of likeminded people to help you stay on track. Supporting others means they encourage you as well. There many Facebook Groups that one can join and programs that help to support and make one accountable. Programs such as NOOM offer support, recipes and an own personal goal coach, all of which may help you to stay on track and reach your goals.
Check out my YouTube Video on tips of how to choose the best diet.
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