You've made the decision and you want to lose weight or tone up. Alongside any exercise you are going to do, you need to find and choose a suitable diet plan for you. How do you go about it?
When you're looking to lose a bit of weight or tone up, it helps to take a good look at what's involved with losing weight and what ways you can use in order to achieve your weight loss before you commit yourself.
Many people start on a new plan then quickly get discouraged when it's too difficult to maintain. Blaming themselves for a lack of willpower or no time, often the problem may lie with the diet plan as it is too difficult to maintain or hard to adhere to.
Before you dive into a new diet, why not check to see if any of the following red flags show up :
You know the sort of thing - "lose 20 pounds in two weeks". Anything that claims to lose more than two to three pounds per week is unhealthy and unsustainable.
A typical woman needs around 1800-2000 calories per day, men around 2300-2500. A plan that goes much below 1200-1500 per day is going to be very restrictive.
If a plan severely limits which foods you can eat, it will be difficult to sustain - you'll quickly get bored and head for the supermarket for something more interesting.
Eating should be enjoyable. Banning all pleasurable food will simply make you miserable.
There is always an alternative. You can either do the research yourself for a few hours, or if you really have no clue still, then get professional help.
If you're working it out for yourself, a dose of common sense will go a long way. Stick to a basic plan that includes:
If this does seem to daunting for you the sort of professional help you could seek include :
So you've sorted out in your own mind that you want to diet, now all you need to do is to identify which one you should choose and which ones to avoid.
There are such a wide variety of diets available that it might be quite a struggle to determine which of them will work and which won't. For example you may find that although restricting the foods you're eating may help you lose weight, the lack of calories will leave you light headed, constantly hungry and medically you could actually be doing yourself more harm than good.
For this reason, it is absolutely essential that prior to embarking upon any change in diet or lifestyle, you get the medical advice and nutritional information that ensures you are on the right diet plan and eating the right foods and the right quantities of those foods for your individual needs.
In our opinion, it comes down to 4 key steps that you need to think about.
How does a diet fit in with what you do, the hours you work or whether you can cook or not! If you work long hours, then maybe extra exercise will prove difficult, don't cook and anything requiring complex recipes could be difficult (unless you eat Weight Watchers all the time). This is common sense, if you are truthful about your own circumstances.
How much weight do you want to lose? Half a pound a week is relatively easy, but if you are looking for 1 - 2 pounds a week then you will need to up the exercise you do.
Research, research and more research. You need to learn more about all the plans to start with, then in depth knowledge of your chosen plan to ensure it works for you and that you can follow it accurately.
This is about positive thinking. Imagine how you will feel when you've lost the weight and got fitter. What could you do, new clothes, new fitness clubs, take up a new sport. Write them down and put them up prominently to help motivate you! The fridge is always a good place to prevent you from snacking.