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Tips on How to Choose a Diet That Works For You

Shopping For a Diet?

If you made a resolution to lose weight in 2008 (that rhymes and sounds like a cheer – yay), it might just help to pick a diet plan since just trying to "eat healthy" might not provide enough structure. For success, you need to find a diet that fits you. The first question you should ask yourself when selecting a plan is will the diet work for you. Ask yourself if the eating plan is something you could adhere to for the rest of your life. If giving up apples forever seems like hogwash, then the Atkins diet is clearly not for you. It is not that you will be dieting forever, but diets really do need to be complete lifestyle changes if you are going to be able to keep the weight off after you have lost the pounds.

Another question to ask is if the "diet" fits your budget. If you have to spend money to attend motivational sessions or buy prepared foods, you may start to resent the fact that the diet is eating a hole in your pocket book. This in turn will set you up for failure. So avoid plans that require you buy branded food. It is cheaper to make your own meals, plus more sustainable in the long run.

When looking at different diets keep in the forefront of your mind that to lose weight, in a healthy manner, you need to eat fewer calories than you expend. The amount of calories you burn throughout the day needs to be more than the amount of calories you eat. There is no magic pill, cream, or salve that will take the weight off for you. Another detail to remember is that you shouldn't lose more than two pounds a week. The slower the weight comes off, the easier it is to keep off. To put it bluntly, avoid fad diets that promise dropping ten pounds in a week. You might lose extreme weight with their plan, but chances are high you will be losing only water weight and muscle. You don't want to lose muscle since it fires up your metabolism (helps you burn more calories a day); you want to lose fat.

Looking for some specific diet tips? Check out these helpful tips for your journey into "lifestyle change."


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katulinek katulinek 9 years
I hate the word diet, I think more important is to eat healthy
Historygal3 Historygal3 9 years
Programs that ask you to buy prepared food are actually the most sucessful programs for keeping weight off long term and for many people they are actually cheaper. Sure its cheaper to make everything from scratch, but its not realistic for most people, so they won't do it. And what electropoptart described is a diet. Diet= The usual food and drink of a person or animal.
theboyslover theboyslover 9 years
I wish to not "diet" either. I agree with electropoptart.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
DON'T DIET...that's my LIFE resolution. I swear, all you need to do is change the way you eat. Just eat fruits, veggies, lean meat, fish, grains in moderation and everything will be fine. Just eat till you're 80% full...drink plenty of water and exercise daily. If you do this everyday, it will become habit. I did it once and lost 70 lbs. I gained half back do to getting with my boyfriend who quit smoking for me and started to eat a lot. But I'm working my way into eating like a HUMAN again, not a trash can, so to speak.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Perfect timing... Just yesterday I found myself having a handful of Doritos on my couch thinking, what am I doing I planned to eat healthy in '08. Actually I just want to lose a few pounds. After reading this I realized "eating healthy" doesn't give much structure. I mean to think of never giving into a craving "ever" especially when PMSing seems almost impossible. (at least for me) So I realized just trying to keep track of my calories and how much I burn when working out is my best bet, while sticking to good foods but not overly obsessive. I think it's okay to have some chocolate here and there or maybe some chips, just not often and in a small portion. No eating the whole bag ladies...
bluesuze bluesuze 9 years
There are alot of good diets out there, but I had great success with Weight Watchers. I lost 40 pounds last year. It has taught me how to eat healthy. Now that I don't have to lose any more weight, I still use alot of the concepts I learned there.
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