Obesity is becoming more than just a minor health concern; in many countries it is becoming a very serious epidemic. With all the different diets and exercise fads that abound nowadays it is surprising that millions of people are still battling with dangerous weight gain. However, the problem with all these diets and exercise trends is that they are just that: fads and trends. In order to have a long term effect, these diets need to be sustainable in the long run. Here are a few things to consider when trying to choose a diet that is right for you:
- How much does it cost?
You might say that you can’t put a price on your health and happiness, but realistically speaking, if you don’t have the budget to stick to a certain diet for the time frame that it requires you to stay on it, then you are very likely to lose more money than weight. You will need to look at the diet cost and ensure that it is something that you can afford for a long time, because ideally you will want to stick with it not just until you lose weight, but continue using it to some degree to maintain that weight loss.
- Is it a “fad” diet, or a lifestyle change?
As mentioned in the first point, the pricing is important because you want to try and find a diet that you can continue, and which will not only help you to lose weight, but to keep that weight off. Look for a diet that will give you good long term results. There are many diets that promise you will lose ten pounds in two weeks, and while this may be true, these diets usually mean depriving yourself of the calorie intake you need for normal day to day living. You may lose that ten pounds, but as soon as you start eating “normally” again you will likely gain it back. You will want to find a diet that will help you change your “normal” eating habits so that you don’t slip back into old bad habits and will help you start lifelong healthier eating habits.
- Does the diet allow for some “fun” foods?
Some diets can be very effective… but also very boring. Many of us gain weight because we like to eat. It is one of the good things in life that we can enjoy; we just need to learn to moderate that eating. If a diet is too strict and doesn’t allow for any enjoyable foods, you are very likely to quit it just out of sheer boredom and frustration. Learning how to enjoy your food without overindulging is part of how to lose weight effectively in the long term. Look for a diet that will train you how to do this and will allow you to enjoy yourself on special occasions.
These are few things to look for when trying to find a diet that will work for you.
Stacey Cavalari is a senior content writer for eDrugstore.md, an established U.S. online pharmacy where consumers can purchase medications online.