Sunday, October 4, 2009

Get Skinny Quick-More Tips to FInd the Best Diet for You

In the last post, we were learning about how to find the right diet so that you can get skinny quick, well quick!

There is a lot of conflicting information out there. I hope that this and the precious post will help you be make the best decision so you can achieve your weight loss goals.

Let's discover more about dieting and dieting plans.

10 Tips for Finding the Best Diet That Works for You

With so many weight loss diets to choose from, how do you decide?
By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature

With so many weight loss diets to choose from, how do you decide?

The Perfect Weight Loss Diet for You

Once you know how to determine whether a weight loss diet is healthy, you'll need to narrow your choice down to one that suits your own lifestyle.

"Evaluate the tenets of the plan to be sure it matches the way you like to eat and exercise," says Gidus, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

It's also important to choose a diet plan that won't leave you feeling hungry. Look for plans that promote foods that are high in water and are fiber-rich, like soups, fruits, and vegetables. These foods fill you up and reduce food cravings to help you stick to your diet plan without feeling deprived.

"The dynamic duo of fiber and water have the ability to fill you up on fewer calories, and when combined with lean protein such as chicken, beans, and fish, can keep cravings at bay and leave you feeling energized for hours," says weight management consultant Dawn Jackson Blatner, MS, RD.

Here's a checklist to help you find the perfect diet for you:

1. Does It Match My Eating Style?

If the plan encourages six meals daily and you struggle to eat two, chances are you won't last on the diet, no matter how healthy it is. Look for a diet that matches the way you like to eat, and ask yourself:

  • Can this diet accommodate my travel or dining-out patterns?
  • Does it have a family-friendly approach that everyone in the household can follow?
  • Does it require special preparation and cooking?
  • Can I stick to the timing and/or recommended number of meals/snacks?

2. Does It Match My Exercise Level?

Some plans encourage lots of exercise; others simply get you moving. If you're a sedentary person, plans that include hours at the gym might sound good -- but, in reality, won't last long. Select a program that has an exercise component you can do on a regular basis, and advance slowly. Find a plan that encourages physical activity that you enjoy and is doable, whether that's dancing, gardening, walking, or just cleaning the house.

"Exercise does not have to be structured [or] require special equipment or memberships," says Rodriguez. "It simply needs to be anything that increases whole-body movement."

3. Can I Live With It Forever?

"When considering any diet, ask yourself, 'Is this something I'd be willing to do every day for the rest of my life?' If not, don't bother, because as soon as you go back to what you were doing before, the weight will come back," says May.

4. Does It Include Foods I Like, Can Prepare, and Can Afford?

Are there foods or beverages you're asked to eat in combination or in quantities that are unrealistic for the long term? "Some plans require meal replacement drinks that may work for some people on the run, and others may prefer to eat food instead of drinking," says Gidus.

Plans that require unusual foods or hours in the kitchen may work for someone who has lots of time and money, but may not for you. Blatner suggests doing the 'two T' test: Make sure the recipes look tasty, and are time-saving.

There is much more to this article. I will share more with you in the next issue!

Monique Hawkins
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