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Choose healthy weight loss plans

Updated on December 2, 2014

There are availability of numerous methods and approaches to lose weight effectively, not all the programs that offer a positive outcome are also geared at promoting good health and wellbeing. It is rather unfortunate that many people opt to undergo dieting programs that require them to starve and compromise their daily nutritive intake. Only a dieting program that does not have a negative effect on a person’s health is worth getting into.

Here are a few guidelines in choosing a safe, healthy, and effective weight loss plan.

Look for programs espousing the three-fold goal


The best dieting programs are designed to accomplish the following goals all at the same time:

  • Suppress the appetite
  • Promote weight loss by decreasing fat deposition
  • Improve a person’s health status

Prior to enrollment in a dieting program, it is important to evaluate a dieting program and determine whether it promotes all three goals simultaneously. When all the above-mentioned objectives are fully incorporated into the approach, there is no risk of compromising the person’s immune response or incurring nutritional imbalance, which could easily lead to the development of various illnesses and health-related issues.

Follow a safe and fast approach to weight loss

For those who aspire to lose as much as 10 pounds in just a week’s time, they should strive to eliminate carbohydrates (starches and sugars) from the diet. This may be a simple approach, but the outcome is fast and effective weight loss. This method has been proven effective so many times in many different settings.

Carbohydrate-rich ingredients are the types of food that stimulate fat storage through the action of the hormone insulin. With lowered insulin levels in the blood circulation, fat cells can easily go out of storage. Instead of using carbohydrates for energy, these fat cells are utilized, leading to marked weight loss in a short period of time. In addition, weight loss is also incurred due to excess fluid loss brought about by the boost in the excretion of water and sodium by the kidney. With this approach, there is no need for the dieter to suffer from hunger. For as long as sugars and starches are eliminated from the meals, the dieter can eat until he or she is full and still shed off excess weight.

Eat meals regularly and do not skip breakfast

Weight loss guidelines that prioritize the health and well-being of dieters reiterate the importance of eating full meals, albeit with reduced serving size. Moreover, nutritionists and health professionals insist that missing meals, especially breakfast, could have dire effects on a person’s health. Missing meals does not promote weight loss as many people believe. Instead, missing meals result in loss of essential nutrients that may lead to the development of additional health problems later on. There are many studies showing evidence that by not skipping meals dieters can lose calories faster and in a more efficient manner. If a person does not miss any major meal during the day, there is no need to sneak in a snack of junk food, anything that has high sugar or fat content. Dieters will not feel as if they are being deprived of anything, and will be even more motivated to pursue the program until the dieting goals are achieved.

Increase daily servings of fruits and vegetables

There are fruits high in sugar, and intake of these food items must be regulated. Nevertheless, all dietary programs that espouse a healthy approach recommend increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in the menu. Fruits and vegetables are some of the most nutritious food items. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, and their fiber content is high. Moreover, seasonal fruits and green and leafy vegetables have low fat content and a low calorie count as well. The raw materials for veggie and fruit dishes are easy to find and prepare. Raw preparations such as salads and juices offer dieters the largest amount of fiber and essential nutrients in one serving.

Engage in regular calorie-burning physical activity

All the effective dietary programs also recommend performance of regular physical activity. There are many health benefits tied to exercise, and dieters can attain their weight loss faster if they supplement their efforts at cutting down on the calories with a few hours of running during the week or daily visits to the gym.

The secret to the successful implementation of an exercise program is to find an activity that the dieter enjoys and finds interesting. If the person who performs the exercise is not motivated then it might be very difficult to sustain the activity, which could lead to the failure of the whole program. For these dieters, attaining weight loss objectives becomes a laborious and frustrating task.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Useful and informative hub, with some very good suggestions and tips!

      Yes the weight loss plan should be sensible so that it can be sustained. Most people leave it halfway and thus fail to achieve their goal.

      Thanks for sharing and voted up!

      Thanks for the follow as well!

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Its getting the appetite for sweets under control. When you get older you crave them. Good informative hub.

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      Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi,

      You have a lot of good advice here. I think people don't realize that they can both diet and exercise, they have 2 lines of attack when they want to lost weight. I lost a lot of weight about 10 yrs. ago and didn't put it back on. I just ate a little less, and exercised a lot more!

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      welcom and thank you for encouragement :)

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi nice to meet you. Your Hub has some good advice. The sugar and starch elimination helps me. Stella

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      Kristen 2 years ago from Wilmington, NC

      Totally agree. I have tried diet and exercise before and was really into it for a week or two and then lost interest. The key is definitely for the program to be sustainable and for that to occur, it has to be interesting for the individual.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good tips. Calorie burning activities are what I need.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      guess i need to increase on eating fruits and veggies. Thanks

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      thank you for this encouragement

      welcome

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      Dr.Anisha.S.K.Deepesh 2 years ago from THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA ,INDIA

      Monia saad,Good read on health. I was eager in reducing my weight; but being a keralite it seemed difficult for me to avoid rice rich with CH for lunch, still I did it as a sacrifice! for a healthy life style.. and once I did it I could easily attain my target and now am so happy to go for a lunch with rice. and regular exercise made it more easy... voted up ..Thank you

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      you are welcom thank you for your encouraging :)

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing this healthy hub.

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      you are welcome thank you for encouragement

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      When I learned that I had Type2 Diabetes I put myself on a daily walking plan and kept a journal of everything I ate. The results were amazing.

      Thanks for your hub. Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing.

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      you are welcom

      wish you all the best

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      There are some good suggestions in this hub. Thanks for sharing them. It's very important to follow a balanced diet that includes nutrients from all food groups.

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      you are welcome

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You are right. No matter what the dieting plan it must not compromise with the nutrient intake. An appropriate exercise program ought to be followed along with a safe weightloss plan.

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      thank you you are welcome :)

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      Melinda Longoria, MSM 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

      This information was so useful to me today! Thank you for sharing. I've voted up & reshared on pinterest. :-) Have a wonerful day! Sincerely, Mel

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      welcome and try the best and healthy plans and i wish you all the best

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      So glad to see that you included improving your health as one of the priorities! Many dieting advice focuses only on losing weight.

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      welcome and this biging sharing advice about weight loss

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is excellent advice for healthy dieting. Crash dieting only hurts ones' health. Thank you for sharing.

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      welcome

      try to have healthy plan and you will see the result

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      frozenink 2 years ago

      I think this right here is not only a list of methods to reduce weight but also a very healthy list. Thanks for sharing. But my problem lies in gaining weight. =(

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      of course that's all

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      OrhanGokkayaTR 2 years ago

      The price is healthy for your pocket hole story.

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      TheHoleStory 2 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      Great ideas for a healthy weight loss. I try to never skip breakfast, however my idea for a good breakfast usually ends up being a sausage biscuit with mustard on it from off of the McDonald's $1.00 menu.

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      you are welcom .be sure the breakfast is very important for our bodies think to be in good health and you will see that your plan work

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      OrhanGokkayaTR 2 years ago

      The article was great, your pictures are making me hungry though. I usually eat a protein bar for breakfast instead, I am not sure how healthy it is but from looking at your "Don't skip breakfast" section it seems like I am not feeding my body enough nutrients. Thanks Saad :)