Tuesday, September 26, 2006

What’s the Best Diet for Me?

Dieting for Success

You should be looking for a diet that is somewhat compatible to your lifestyle. When we say diet, we don’t mean fad diet. The idea is to find a system which includes a well balanced diet and becomes a part of your every day life.

Fad diets and meal replacements involve drastic changes to your daily diet and are very difficult to follow over the long term. This is why they are only temporary solutions. You want permanent weight loss not temporary weight loss.

The diet should include a proper balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat. It should be high in fiber–rich carbohydrates, unsaturated and non hydrogenated oils, and low in refined carbohydrates (sugar, white flour, and starch) and saturated and hydrogenated fats (high-fat meats butter, margarine, shortening, creamy sauces). Read the food labels on all food products before buying them.

Ask these questions before joining a diet or weight loss program:

1. Are the people running the program qualified?

2. Could you see yourself participating in it for a long period of time, or is it impractical to do so?

3. Is it based on real foods or on meal replacements, supplements or food products sold by the organization?

4. Are there any health risks - if so, what are they?

5. Is the program designed for a specific time period or is it based on behavior modification and improved lifestyle.

6. How much does the program or book cost?

7. Does it offer any type of support, or will you be on your own?

8. Does it offer an exercise prescription with specific guidelines?

These are some of the questions you should think about before purchasing or joining any weight loss program. There are many available online.

There are few diet plans that are very good. Before you purchase one, make sure it is practical and offers a good money back guarantee.

By John Tiniakos
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