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Finding The Best Diet For You

Updated on January 12, 2013

How to Find the Best New Year Diet for You

The key to any success with the desire to start a new diet for the New Year, whether it is to lose weight or become healthier, is finding a diet that will work for you. Not everyone has the same tastes in food, and the diet chosen must be appealing. So how do you find the best diet for you?

By following these simple suggestions in your diet search, you can avoid diets that will cause the opposite effect you desire. Not every diet will work for everyone, so it is essential to fully understand a diet program before committing to it.

Surf the Internet

Search the Internet for the latest healthy eating diets. Review the eating plans, the types of food required, and even reviews on a particular diet plan. It is important to gather all the information you can on a diet plan so you can make the best decision for you.

The Internet, although a powerful research tool, can also provide lots of bad information. If you notice that the diet plan is too restrictive, or does not include healthy foods in its plan, it is probably a fad diet and should be avoided.

Read Health and Exercise Magazines

Many health and exercise magazines include sample diet plans that you can tailor to your needs. Any diet plan, including a raw food diet, can be tailored to your lifestyle. It may take some planning, but given the fact that you are searching to be healthier, this is already a sign that you are ready to dedicate time each day to planning your meals.

Nowadays, you can view lots of magazines electronically, which is a great way to give you access to information any time you need it. You don’t need to purchase subscriptions, but maybe just an issue here and there that appeal to your dieting and health needs.

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Ensure Diet Includes Macronutrients

When researching for the best diet for your needs, ensure that it includes protein, fat, and carbohydrates. These are the three main macronutrients that should be included in a diet. Any diet plan that claims to be “fat free” or “carb free” is considered a fad diet.

A diet plan that you will be able to follow for a long period of time must include all the nutrients that your body needs for it to maintain its primary functions. If you deprive yourself of essential nutrients, you may set yourself up for other health issues and sabotage your weight loss plan.

Search for an Appetizing Menu

As you review different diet plans that may be appealing to you, review its recommendations. If the recommendations include food that you just don’t like, it will make you feel deprived. When you feel deprived you will tend to forgo on the diet plan; therefore, the diet plan will not work.

Mostly all diet plans have sample recipes. Check out the ingredients and even try some recipes before you decide on a plan. If the meals satisfy your taste buds, you will more likely be able to stick with the diet plan. It should also have a variety of foods to keep you intrigued. If you are eating plain toast with coffee each morning for breakfast, that plan will probably not work.

5 Tips for Keeping Yourself Motivated to Lose Weight

It's so easy to start off strong in your efforts to lose weight, only to let your willpower weaken within a very short space of time. There are many reasons why so many people lose motivation in their weight loss plan; however, with these simple tips you can carry through until you reach your goal weight and beyond.

1) Take Pictures of Yourself

When you begin your weight loss plan, take a picture of yourself in shorts and a body-hugging shirt, or even your swimwear. It has to be a picture that shows your body size and shape clearly. This will give you a clear image of what you look like now at this moment.

In four weeks, take another picture with the same outfit. Compare your first picture and second picture. If you have been honest with your weight loss program, you will definitely see a difference. This is extremely motivating, because you are visually seeing the results. Remember, it’s not about how much you weigh, it’s about your body composition.

2) Track Your Progress

Take your body measurements and your weight at the start of your weight loss plan. Every four weeks, take those measurements again. When you see changes, for the better, in your measurements, you become more motivated to stick to your weight loss plan.

Do not take your measurements every week. Sometimes there may not be enough of a change to keep you motivated. When you see large changes, you are more likely to stay motivated and continue to meet your weight loss goals.

3) Schedule Time for Exercise

Every Sunday, plan out your schedule for the week on a paper or electronic calendar. In your schedule, include time to exercise. Schedule it like an appointment, so you don’t schedule anything else during this time. Seeing this time on your calendar keeps you motivated, because it’s like you have an appointment with yourself.

You are less tempted to miss this appointment to exercise due to the regret you know you will feel later. This way you have no excuse not to do some physical exercise everyday, or at least three times per week, depending on your schedule and goals.

4) Go Shopping

Every four weeks, when you see the improvement that your weight loss efforts are providing, treat yourself to something new. Maybe a new outfit or new exercise clothes. When you purchase clothes as a reward, and you see how differently your clothes fit, or the drop in clothing size, you will be extra motivated to continue on your weight loss plan.

5) Have a Cheat Day

Once a week, have a diet cheat day. Save this day to eat whatever you have been craving or missing. This is especially helpful in the beginning of a weight loss plan. You will feel rewarded and will have your cravings satisfied so you can continue on your weight loss plan the next day.

This is motivational as you will not feel like you are depriving yourself. When you feel deprived, you are more likely to go off your weight loss plan.

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      5 years ago from York, Yorkshire, England

      Thanks I appreciate the vote of confidence!

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      beauty secrets 

      5 years ago from San Diego

      Very informative lens! Nice to see one that is packed full of information on dieting, good job

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