Now that the coldest time of the year is behind us, and the first warm rays of the sun shine through the windows, it is time to figure out how your business is going.
Do you quickly achieve your goals in training for weight loss and easily adhere to a certain diet? Or maybe you are disappointed because you don’t see the results?
In any case, most likely you are trying to cope with the same thing that many of us are called to fight at this time of year: diet! This word has long made us involuntarily roll our eyes and cross our arms, because for someone a “diet” is really just the type of diet that he or she adheres to.
But today we’ll not talk about this, but how to choose the right diet for weight loss. To say that you are on a diet is as if to scream to the whole world, thus making it clear that you have succumbed to prudent calculation of calories and restriction in diet in the name of weight loss, better health, or both!
How to choose a diet for weight loss?
There are a million diets on the market today, most of which have fashionable names:
- Paleo diet
- Mediterranean diet
- Vegetarian diet
- Vegan diet
- Keto or Ketogenic Diet
- Buckwheat diet
- Zone or Zone Power System
- IIFYM diet
- Raw diet
- Gluten free diet
- Fasting IF Diet
- Atkins Diet
- Low Carb High Fat Diet
- Low-carb, low-fat diet
- Carbohydrate-free diet and many more
* Each of these diets implies a restriction on the use of certain foods or macronutrients in order to improve physical fitness, improve health for people who are interested in this, and sometimes even for ideological reasons.
So how to understand how to choose the diet that will work just for you, and which diets should not be looked closely?
Understand your goals
Before plunging headlong into finding out the effectiveness of a particular diet, let's figure it out - on the basis of what can we say whether it works?
When you evaluate your successes or failures, do you look at indicators of overall weight loss or changes in body complexion? Do you rely on the readings of your floor scales, or do you measure yourself in girth, compare photographs “Before” and “After”, conduct tests for the percentage of fat content? Or maybe you are using a diet not for weight loss, but vice versa - to gain muscle mass, increase self-confidence or improve overall health?
“If you don’t know what you want to achieve with the diet, then it’s impossible to find out if it works.”
Before you evaluate your diet and decide which diet to choose for losing weight, think about which of the above goals are most important to you (yes, they can all be important, but choose one or two of them). Remember them while you figure out how your dietary choices can influence your progress.
And you can also notice that you lost a few centimeters in the waist, but added to the muscle mass, although the overall indicator on your scales has not changed. In the end, the muscles weigh more than fat, so the total weight may even increase, despite the fact that the overall percentage of body fat is reduced.
Diets That Don't Work
Although you are likely to see astounding results in the initial phase of your diet, any nutrition plan that over-limits your calories or eliminates whole macronutrients and food groups can interfere with and ultimately undermine your long-term workout plans.
The same can be said about plans that do not allow you to eat a wide variety of products, forcing you to be malnourished and experience unbearable ruthless hunger.
Diets that work
In fact, any diet that you can stick to in the long run will be right for you. If you can observe it, you will surely get results that will help you focus on classes. Adequate calories and a rich selection of foods make it easier to follow any diet. Therefore, if your current nutrition plan does not provide you with such assistants, change it or choose another one.
In general, focus less on which diets are trending now, and pay more attention to your well-being as a reaction to a particular diet. The fact that everyone around you prefers a diet does not make it the right choice for you. Try to eat foods that you like, which energize and do not keep you in a constant state of hunger.
In the process of finding which products "work" for you, you will make a rough list with the understanding of what is the best choice for you and what is not a good option. Thus, you can find exactly what you need and help get the body of your dreams.
Is there an “ideal” diet?
All people have different strengths and weaknesses, goals, genetics, so there is no one-of-a-kind ideal solution. A diet that works for you and will be one that you can sustainably adhere to, and the results of which you are satisfied with.
“Develop your body, give up harmful foods, make small changes to your diet: these are the real keys to a healthy diet and good physical shape.”
Whether you are reviewing your current diet or choosing a new one, here are a few basic questions you should ask yourself:
- Is your goal specific and achievable?
- Diet allows you to eat those foods that you like?
- Diet nourishes you with energy and you feel good?
- Could you stick to this diet for many years?
- Can you eat this diet on regular days, and even on long trips?
- Do you notice the results?
- Do you like food
- Do you have someone who motivates you to stay on a diet?
- Do you notice small changes in your body?
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you might need to rethink your goals by focusing on less global, more accessible milestones or change your mindset. Try to leave the thought that you are doing something extraordinary when you go on a diet and think more about the right choice of foods: give preference to those foods that you like, that are suitable for you, and that do not overload your diet with too many calories .
Decide on this - and the results will soon become noticeable.