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A few things to take note of before going on a diet.
Remember your last new year’s resolution when you told yourself you’re finally going on a diet? Remember how that lasted only for a week? Even days?
The struggle is real for everyone who’s trying to lose weight and achieve their fitness goals. It’s just too hard to give up pizza and ice cream and french fries and soft drinks and...
And when there’s a sweeping number of diet plans to choose from, it can be a challenge to know which one to follow. So before you say goodbye to your guilty food pleasures and start a healthy diet, take note of these few things:
It’s not the same for all.
Just because a type of diet had good results on your friend does not automatically mean it will have the same results for you. There are different kinds of diets for different kinds of people with different kinds of needs.
If you need to lose weight, for instance, Healthline advises a three-step plan: reduce sugars and starch; eat protein, fat, and vegetables; and lift weights thrice a week. If you need to gain weight, on the other hand, dietician Katherine Zeratsky from the Mayo Clinic has a few tips on how to do it healthfully like eating more nutritious meals frequently, trying out smoothies, and exercising.
Find a plan you can commit to.
The most challenging part of the diet is doing it consistently and committing to it for a long time. Many diet plans fail because they are too difficult to stick to or it does not fit the person doing it. It’s important that the plan that you follow is one that fits your lifestyle.
Your schedule. Do you have the time to prepare meals? Does cooking fit your day-to-day routine?
Your budget. How much are you willing to spend? Can you afford the menu in the plan? Are there cheaper alternatives?
Your eating habits. How many meals do you consume in a day? Do you eat out often? What are the foods you like or don’t like?
THE IDEAL PLATE. Include items from all food groups. Photo via Brenda Godinez on Unsplash.
It must address your health needs.
Some programs have astounding results in terms of weight loss, but might also result in poor nutrition. A good diet plan provides a balance of food from all food groups. If you have special conditions that require a specific type of food, your meal plan must address that as well. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) patients, for example, have difficulty in processing carbohydrates and insulin. So their diet must consist of foods with a low glycemic index and less processed meats.
Include an exercise plan too.
Diet and exercise go together in achieving your desired body. Being physically active helps your body burn the calories you take in. Find a workout routine that you can also stick to, considering your health needs and lifestyle. If you’re just starting, work out twice or thrice a week and slowly increase your frequency. Include in your routine cardiovascular exercise, strength training, core work, and stretching.
WORK IT OUT. Complement your diet with a well-planned workout routine. Photo via Bruce Mars on Unsplash.
It must be scientifically approved.
There are a number of fad diets out there that you should watch out for. These are the ones that are not only ineffective but can also be dangerous for your health. Before you engage, do your research first. It’s still best to consult your doctor before going on a diet.
Achieving a healthy lifestyle can be a real challenge, especially in the beginning. But find a plan that suits your lifestyle perfectly and soon enough, you’re going to thank yourself for taking good care of your body.