When you are ready to choose your diet or eating plan, there are certain things that you must take into consideration to make sure that you are picking one that will help you to attain the weight loss goals you have and to make sure you are staying healthy. Some diets, as we mentioned, do not contain a balance of nutrition that your body needs, and can therefore make you very ill, and won’t help you to lose weight properly.
- Realistic Expectations: You must realize that losing weight takes time, and depending on how much you have to lose will depend on how long it will take you. You do not want to take on a plan that promises you to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time, as that is most likely going to be a very unhealthy and unsafe option for you. After the initial two or three weeks when weight gain might be up because of water loss, you should be losing around 1-2 pounds a week to maintain healthy weight loss.
- The Right Nutrition: Make sure you look over any diet plans you are considering thoroughly and see what they allow or suggest for you to eat. If it has a balanced- looking diet to it with the right amounts of foods from the food groups, you are probably looking at a plan that is safe. Any of the fad diets that cut out whole food groups, or make you starve yourself or drink strange concoctions are not safe. You also want the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, fiber and make sure you are getting no more than 30 percent of your calories from fat per day.
- Doable for You...or Not? While you are researching different diet plans, make sure it is something that you think would suit you and your lifestyle. If you are a very busy person who is not home a lot, look for a plan that has convenience as well as healthy choices. If you wind up choosing a plan that you don’t stick to for whatever reason, you will wind up failing and you will then most likely go back to your old ways, but now feeling worse than when you started out.
- Calorie Level: Make sure that the plan you choose has you eating enough calories. You essentially want to cut out enough calories so that you can lose those 1-2 pounds a week. You have to weigh this all against you and your activity levels, as how many calories you need each day will vary from person to person depending on how active they are and their weight. You might want to work with a trained health professional to help you decide which is best for you.