Home » Health » Weight Loss

Weight Loss and the Right Diet for You

Jul 6, 2008
Do a search for 'weight loss' or 'diet' on the Internet and you will be amazed by the amount of information that is available. Some plans force you to limit your calorie intake, some your carbohydrate intake, some your fat content. There is Weight Watchers, the Sonoma Diet, Nutri-System, diet pills, the Glycemic Index, liquid diets, the South Beach Diet, and the list goes on and on and on.

How do you determine what will work for you? The only weight loss plan that will work for you is the one that you feel the most comfortable following for a long-term commitment. One that does not have too many restrictions, contains a variety of foods you like to eat, and fits your lifestyle.

Before starting any kind of weight loss program, remember that dieting should never be about deprivation. If it is, you are defeated before you begin. With too many restrictions, you will feel dissatisfied and more inclined to cheat.

Where do you start? For some people, merely cutting back on the amount of food they normally eat is enough to lose weight. For most of us, however, this sort of diet does not work. We must not only limit our food intake but change the bad habits that put the weight on in the first place.

NEVER follow a diet that contains very few calories. This type of dieting produces quick weight loss, but the loss is from water and muscle, not fat. Excessively low calorie diets are very dangerous for the body, causing organs to shut down over time, resulting in eventual death.

Always avoid diet plans based on unrealistic expectations. You will not lose 20 pounds in one week no matter what you do. If a plan makes fantastic promises and sounds unrealistic and unhealthy, it probably is.

Your first priority should be to customize a diet plan that fits you. First rule of thumb, make sure you choose something you can live with, not for a week, but for life. Remember, you will not just be changing the way you eat but the behaviors that caused the weight gain to begin with.

Choose healthy foods, but also foods that you enjoy. Eat balanced meals, incorporating a variety of foods, every three or four hours throughout the day. This will keep your metabolism churning at a steady pace, promoting continual weight loss. No matter what foods you are eating, eat in moderation. Never deprive yourself!

What are healthy foods? Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, low-fat dairy foods, healthy oils, and lots of water. Eat high-sugar and white-flour foods in very small amounts, as they are very unhealthy for your body, but do not completely eliminate them. Take a good multi-vitamin every day.

To speed up your weight loss in a healthy way, try to incorporate some exercise into your daily routine. Exercise revs up your metabolism, increasing the rate of weight loss. Try taking a walk every day, even if it is only for a short while. Walking is a great way to release anxiety, tone up your body, and lose weight.

Losing weight does not have to be painful or difficult. It only requires dedication and the willingness to make some simple changes to your diet and lifestyle. Once you have made those changes, you will begin to feel better, look better, have more energy, and be healthier.
About the Author
Debra Gropp makes money on the Internet by doing everything from paid surveys to working for affiliate programs. Her articles pertain to online income opportunities and health-related issues. To learn more about Debra, click here .
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 134
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources