Finding the right diet can be a bit confusing because there are so many different diet plans to choose from these days. You can start to determine the diet plan that best fits your specific nutritional needs and schedule opportunities by taking a look at your current weight, your personal nutritional or medicinal requirements, and your work and home schedule requirements.
There is a wide variety of information about what to eat and what not to eat out there and much of it is conflicting. One way to find the right balance and achieve a healthy diet is to avoid diets that call for extreme changes to a person’s normal diet. Extreme diets are hard to maintain and may in fact be detrimental to your health in some circumstances. A lack of balance in the diet is detrimental to the human body, which has a wide variety of different nutritional needs. Eating only one type of food might help a person lose weight quickly, but when they start eating normally again, all of the benefits will quickly disappear.
Extremely low-calorie starvation diets are counterproductive too and will only cause the body to fight every ounce of weight loss, since the human body is designed to protect itself during time of famine. Eventually the person will stop losing weight, start to eat normally again, and the body will put on extra pounds in preparation for the next famine. No carb diets or no fat diets should be avoided because the body always needs some carbohydrates for energy, in balance with protein and fats.
It makes far more sense to try to achieve a balance of healthy carbohydrates along with lean protein and healthy fats. Doctors and nutritionists recommend that about 50% of your daily calorie intake should come from carbohydrates, 20% from protein and 30% from healthy fats. You can get the right amounts of each by eating complex carbohydrates like whole grain, fresh fruit and vegetables. Remember to always try to stay away from processed foods as well. Limit your weight loss goals to a pound or two week in order to maintain a safe, medically recognized rate of weight loss that also preserves your lean body mass. You can lose fifty to a hundred pounds in a year’s time with a healthy and safe diet plan that doesn’t jeopardize your well being.
People who struggle with dieting and have trouble not munching on cookies, cakes, and other carbohydrate snacks might find the Weight Watchers diet program will give them a system of accountability while they are trying to lose weight. The Weight Watchers program has been around for years and still exists today because so many people have had success with it. Weight Watchers can provide a group-focused way of losing weight, with weekly group weigh-in meetings and group progress reports. The program also features a point system that allots a certain number of points to different kinds of foods, and allows a bit of flexibility while still providing dietary balance.
Losing weight through dieting is never a simple or easy process and it does take a little work and a little common sense. Eating healthy foods in the right balance is the smart way to lose weight through dieting and still maintain your overall health. If you stay committed to your goals, you will eventually be successful.