The best diet plan is one that will make you healthier, happier and one you can stick to. It needs to be a life-changer and not a fad that you try for a few days or weeks. If you are unhappy with the way you look, think you are overweight and/ or unattractive, then you need to take action. This doesn’t mean make minor adjustments to the way you eat, it means taking drastic action.
You have probably seen tons of ads for detoxes, cleanses and celebrity fad diets. Marketers will promote cookie diets, baby food diets, green tea cleanses, and other ridiculous sounding plans that are not healthy or organic enough to work long term. Some of these diets can actually make you gain weight.
While it is true that you will lose pounds while on them, as soon as you stop that weight and more will be gained back. This is because if you deprive your system, it goes into starvation mode. With such a drastic reduction in calories, your body believes it is going through a famine. In order to keep you alive, your metabolism will slow down. This means every single calorie you consume will be stored as fat. Remember, while our brains know we are no longer nomadic hunters and gatherers who frequently experience periods of starvation, our bodies have not yet caught up.
How To Find The Best Diet Plan
So how do you pick the best diet plan? Ask yourself if it is healthy, and if it is something you can keep up long term. You want your body to be working for you, not against you. So avoid plans that are essentially crash or fad diets. A diet should have balance, meaning there should be whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and a lean protein source.
Next, come up with goals for yourself but keep them realistic. It is healthy to lose up to 2 pounds per week. Although initially you may lose more, it should level out to 2 pounds or less. Anything more than this on a regular basis (say, after six weeks) will be unhealthy. Also, if you are worried that your will-power might not be up to the task, start with small changes. Consider cutting one unhealthy snack or beverage out of your diet. For example, if you drink one can of soda a day but give that up, you can lose one pound of fat per week. This adds up to 50 pounds of fat over the course of a year. Small changes can add up.
Research different plans to find one that will work well for you. Other tips like keeping a food journal, maintaining an exercise program, and making other healthy lifestyle choices will help as well. You may also want to consider consulting a dietitian or doctor to help with your weight loss plan.
Remember, the best diet plan will be one that you can maintain permanently. It must be safe and healthy, which means fad or crash diets are out. Have reasonable goals, start small, and consult a dietitian if necessary.