When you are planning to lose weight and looking for strategies to help you take pounds off, all diet plans aren’t created equally.
There are lots of “miracle” diet plans out there, and they work about as well as the plans that promise instant riches. That is, they don’t.
Here’s what you’ll want to consider when comparing diet plans.
Tips For Comparing Diet Plans For Weight Loss
1) Is It Healthy?
More than anything else, choosing a diet program that is healthy should be your top priority. Losing weight can be stressful for your body, and any diet plan that fails to take into account your pre-existing health conditions, or relies on powerful stimulants is risky. When you’re looking at fad diets or being asked to consume questionable substances that are not scientifically proven in order to lose weight, you’re not making a healthy choice.
Here’s a quick test. Ask yourself if your doctor would approve of this diet plan.
2) Is It Sustainable?
A diet plan that depends on shakes or liquid meals, or asks you to consume only a few types of food, is not sustainable for the long term. It can also be extremely unhealthy if you deprive yourself of certain food groups or nutritional resources. In particular, avoid any diet system that significantly limits the variety of foods you eat over long periods of time. A healthy diet contains a variety of foods.
Pre-packaged diet foods can also contain chemicals that may not be ideal for long-term health. Look for a diet program that emphasises real food.
3) Is the Long Term Monetary Cost Clear?
If your diet plan is going to require pre-packaged food or costly supplements on a permanent basis, be sure you take the cost into account. Also ask yourself if this is the type of lifestyle you want to choose. Losing weight is a good investment – it will save you in the long run in terms of medical bills, but like any investment you should still take the total cost into account before choosing to make the commitment.
4) Does It Require Lifestyle Change?
Any diet plan that pretends you can lose weight and keep it off without changing your lifestyle or eating habits isn’t realistic. You don’t have to sacrifice your enjoyment of food to lose weight, but you do have to make intelligent choice, and perhaps learn some cooking methods that are new to you. A slim, healthy person doesn’t stay that way eating a diet of packaged and fast food, and neither will you, so if that’s your current lifestyle, expect changes. You may enjoy those changes… but they will be necessary.
5) Will You Have The Support You Need?
One of the challenges with losing weight is that when you start to make noticable progress, some people will try to sabotage your efforts. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, some of the people around you resist change, and your weight loss will be a big change. It’s important to have a trustworthy, accurate and supportive ally when losing weight.
6) Will The Weight Stay Off Long Term?
We’ve mentioned lifestyle change already, but any successful diet plan will involve changing your outlook on health, your eating habits, and probably your activities to some degree. That’s because diet plans that work aren’t really about short term changes – they’re about learning how your metabolism can get and stay healthy. Binge dieting, or reoccurring diets, actually tend to cause more weight gain over time. You want to choose a diet plan that will be the last one you need, because once you reach your goal weight, the weight stays off.
Medical Weight Loss Is The Answer
One of the reasons medical weight loss is so effective is that it meets all of the criteria above in a personalized way that takes your own health issues into account. It’s a safe way to lose weight because it is physician-supervised, and you are carefully monitored. You have the support you need and your questions are answered clearly and promptly.
If you’re in Hawaii, find out more about medical weight loss by booking a complimentary consultation today.