Dieting is very personal business. Finding the right one that works in your lifestyle and is based on solid nutrition and fitness is no easy task — just ask any dieter how many diets they have tried before finding the right one.
Aside from being a calorie-controlled plan rich with nutritious foods that includes an exercise component, the best diet plan for you is one that can take you the distance — it’s a journey, not a sprint. Not just for two months, but a template for long-term healthy eating. After all, what good is it if you can’t stick with the plan long term and ultimately regain the lost weight?
A few factors to consider when evaluating plans:
- Does it offer support? Studies show that being connected and having support is one of the key elements to success but you may have your own support and not need online, telephone, or in- person cheerleaders.
- Are prepackaged meals and snacks appealing and tasty, or would you prefer to prepare your own food? Some dieters prefer a wider variety rather than a quick shake or a bar for breakfast. Keep in mind that at some point, you need to prepare your own meals, read nutrition labels, and take responsibility for your food choices.
- Also consider the cost of the program. Prepackaged meals and snacks can be very costly. Prepackaged food plans could be a great jump start to teach you about portions but ultimately, most dieters are faced with preparing their own meals.
- Is the plan based on healthy foods with an adequate amount of calories to ward off hunger and fuel physical activity? Nutrition professionals generally recommend a minimum of 1,200 calories for ladies and 1500 calories for men.
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