Diet and Weight Loss

Low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, South Beach, ketogenic, and Atkins.

You have probably heard of at least one of these diet or eating plans; you may have even tried one or two. Whatever the diet or eating plan you want to try, or have tried, they all provide the same benefits as long as you follow the proper regimen. Even without well-known diets, people will always try whatever they can to reach their weight loss goals. What is important is that you make an educated, informed decision, maintain realistic goals, and follow a plan that is sound and healthy.

Trends in diets change. It used to be common to skip meals in an attempt to lose weight, but more evidence is showing that that may actually cause a person to gain MORE weight because our body is lacking the proper nutrition and trying to overcompensate. What has not changed are the basics of weight loss and healthy eating. Before you set out on a new diet or eating plan, take a look at the few facts and tips below to set you up for success.

  • The heavier you are, the more calories you need to cut out in order to lose weight. There are several calorie counter apps and online tools to help you determine what you need to do to start losing that weight.

  • Check food labels. Paying attention to the dietary information on your grocery items can help you determine if the food will help or hinder your weight loss goals. It can also help you determine if it fits into your healthy eating regimen.

  • Take a before picture. As you progress through your diet, your photo will motivate you to stick with your eating plan. It’s also a great way to see how your body is changing and see the results of your hard work.

  • Say "no" to fast foods. Fast foods are often deep-fried foods and very rarely contain any measurable vegetables. It may take a little extra work, planning, or time, but it is worth it to skip those fast options and find a sit-down restaurant that offers special or customisable menus for different dietary requirements.

  • Watch your snacking. You consume more calories than you realize when you eat between meals. Replace sweets with fruits. Avoid sodas and salty or greasy chips. Anything you put in your body can affect your weight loss goals.

  • Opt for cooking methods that don’t require fat as part of the preparation, such as grilling, roasting, and boiling. Oils can remain on and in foods long after you finish cooking them.

  • Self-discipline is still the key to weight loss. Changing your habits and lifestyle in small, gradual, and sustainable ways will help you attain your weight loss goals.

These tips may not make following a diet easier, but they are tried, true, and tested, and they will make your dieting and weight loss efforts more successful. A healthy body is better able to fight off disease and illness and can use more energy more efficiently; good health and lots of energy are always good motivation.

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