New Year’s resolutions are generally a great step to starting the year right. Goals related to health tend to top the resolution charts with weight loss, living healthier, or quitting smoking. According to the Brain Statistic Research Institute, 38% of American resolutions relate to weight. However, choosing the wrong diet could be harmful to your health if it isn’t right for your body.
Here are some guide lines to help you choose the best weight loss program for you along with some helpful links to lists of the top diets.
- Choose a diet that fits your personality: If you don’t cook, don’t focus on diet programs that are all about cooking gourmet recipes. If you need constant support, look for local groups and friends who are also interested in a diet. Choosing the right diet to fit in with who you are will help keep you motivated and on task.
- Diets don’t have to be cost restrictive: Many diet plans have huge marketing campaigns behind them asking you to buy new appliances or special equipment. Chances are, if it sounds too good to be true – it is. Try not to give in to gimmicks and assess how a diet fits in to your routine and your overall health. There are many options that are healthy that also won’t break your bank.
- Ask your doctor: Your general practitioner knows your health history and may have valuable input to help with your dieting choice. Consult them in regards to diet plans to be sure they won’t have an adverse effect, especially if you’re taking medications.
- Think about your long term goal: Many diets may help you lose weight for the time you are on the diet only. Keep in mind your goals related to overall weight and health. Try choosing a diet that will include foods you want to continue to enjoy and will be a better fit for you over the long term instead of a “quick fix” diet aimed at losing weight fast over a short period of time.
- Listen to your body: After choosing any diet, take note of how you feel. Sleeplessness, dizziness, aches; are all red flags. Your body still requires necessary vitamins and nutrients. Some diets can leave your body deprived of certain ones. A log or journal is a good way to track your health during any diet.
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