Let’s face it, choosing a diet is a daunting task with so many options available out there. So instead, try this philosophy instead. Read through the diets with an open mind. Look for the kinds of diets that have desirable traits that you can stick to. Remember, this is about you and success. If you cannot commit to the diet you select, then you have already failed.
Let’s look at some dieting myths before you make your decision.
Myth #1- Some sugars are worse than other sugars. Fact, sugar is sugar; the carbohydrates in these sugars still spike insulin and increase your blood sugar levels resulting in appetite increase.
Myth #2- Fat is bad. Wrong. Your body requires fat to maintain metabolism and energy. Go for fats from avocados, nuts, and fish and olive oil. Shun red meat, butter and processed foods.
Myth #3- Carbs make you gain weight. This may not be completely true. But acquaint yourself with the glycemic index and select carbs from the lower end of the index. This way you can more easily stick to your selected diet and steadily lose weight.
Myth #4- Low fat foods help you lose weight. It’s calories that help you lose weight. One pound of weight is roughly equivalent to 3,500 calories. So there is room to maneuver on your diet.
Myth #5- Eating in the evening packs on pounds. It’s what you eat like buttered popcorn, snack cakes, potato chips and pizza bite that pack on the pounds. So be aware of what you are consuming.
Next up in selecting a diet that is right for you is going to require some work from you and that work is research. Compare those diets, and review the strategies behind them. Every diet has a list of do’s and don’ts, a food list and a strategy to follow. These are the soup to nuts of a sound diet. Check out the physical requirements that go along with the diet. Honestly, exercise is synonymous with diet instead of the phrase “diet and exercise.”
Look into the menu and select three to four diets to zero in on and research deeper. Do they have the snacks you enjoy or could enjoy? Is your comfort food listed? Do they modify recipes of your favorite foods to include them in this diet? Make a list of the reservations you have, because these are where you make your diet selection.
Lastly, acquaint yourself with the issues diets don’t address. Issues like the amounts of sugars in carbonated beverages, wheat and its damaging effect to diets. Take a strong look at potatoes and the appetite spikes that can result. Many dieters blame the diet when weight doesn’t come off, yet there are many other hidden factors are culprits as well.
Now narrow down your contenders, adjust your pantries accordingly and set a date to begin. With proper research and self-education you should have every expectation of a successful diet. Here’s weight loss to you.