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November 11, 2007 at 4:47 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Picking A Diet And Sticking To It


Picking a diet and sticking to it

Picking a diet and sticking to it is something that has got to work for you.Picking a diet should provide what a body needs.Picking a diet should as easy as possible for you to follow.Picking a diet will usually reveal the type of personality you have, too.

Before you pick a diet, consider these questions

Who will be affected by your decision?

  • If you live in a family, chances are they will be on the diet with you.You need to choose a diet that will be accepted by everyone or you'll have unnecessary arguments along the way, which will probably encourage you to abandon the diet.
  • Do you prefer to create your own menu choices?
  • If you feel strongly about this independence, you need to find a diet that will help you keep to your tendencies when it comes to menu planning.
  • Do you need accountability and structure?
  • If so, you need to pick a diet that gives you specific menu choices?If you want pre-planned menus, you need to pick a diet that provides plenty of choices so you don't get tired of the same old thing all the time.
  • Is there one particular food or food group that you dislike?
  • If so, be sure to stay away from those diets that concentrate on one food or one food group.
  • Do you enjoy cooking?
  • If not, be sure the diet you pick doesn't require a lot of cooking.Perhaps pre-made foods would best fit your schedule.
  • How much are you willing to spend or how much can you afford to spend?
  • This is a big consideration when picking a diet.If you can't afford a plan or menu ideas, it's best to keep looking until you find a diet that will fall into your price range.
  • How's your health?
  • If you have health concerns that need to be addressed in your food choices, you need to pick a diet that will make food choices easier to live with.
  • Do you have food allergies?
  • Picking a diet and sticking to it means you will have to stay on it for a while, if not forever.Can you live with the decision you just made?
  • Even though it can technically be called a diet, it's a lifestyle change.If your choice of a diet is one you can't live with, chances are you'll regain weight as soon as you grow tired of it.Pick a diet you can live with.Literally.
  • How do you like to count calories?
  • If you don't like to be bothered with journaling or counting calories, you need to pick a diet that doesn't require those time-consuming actions.
  • Do you want a diet that you can receive support and guidance?
  • If you need reassurance and encouragement from professional motivators, you need to consider a diet that will meet that need for you; otherwise, your discouragement will make you abandon the diet.

The most common dietary suggestions

We've all heard about the Food Pyramid when we were in elementary school.Granted, there are some heath concerns that some people should tend to, but generally speaking, the Food Pyramid will meet our needs.The Food Pyramid recommends 6-11 daily servings of grains (breads, cereals, pasta, rice), 3-5 daily servings of vegetables, 3-4 daily servings of dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt), 2-4 daily servings of fruits, 2-3 daily servings of protein (beans, eggs, fish, meant, nuts), and minimal daily servings of fats, oils, sweets).

One final thought

Every recommendation in this article is one that you, and only you, can make.This is one area of your life that you truly have complete control over.Go ahead - make the decision.


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