Archive for February 8th, 2012
Many people all over the world try to lose weight or slim down at some time in their lives. Some cultures are more obsessed with dieting than others. It is estimated that around 45 million people in the USA try some form of dieting each year. Some of them subscribe to trendy, expensive, well marketed diet plans, while many others opt for one of the numerous free diet plans available.
What exactly is a diet?
Strangely enough, everyone has ‘a diet’. It’s simply the normal food and drinks that we consume on a daily basis. Nowadays, when most people refer to being on a diet or dieting, they are usually referring to the activity of eating and drinking according to a controlled plan with the aim of losing weight.
How do I choose a free diet plan?
There are many factors which can affect how successful you are at losing weight, such as: present body weight, age, physical condition, levels of normal physical activity, general health or certain medical conditions you may have.
The best thing about all free diet plans is exactly that – they’re free. You should research several different options and read about various people’s experiences with them. Find out about nutrition; which foods are good for you and which foods can actually help you burn off fat and lose weight.
How do I know it will work for me?
Everyone is an individual and there is no guarantee that a diet plan that works for one person will work equally well for everyone. There is lots of information available free on the internet about healthy eating, nutrition and losing weight, so take a little time to investigate. You can also learn about the many different types of food which can actually help protect against heart disease and similar health disorders.
The good thing is that you can always try several and see which one suits you best in terms of convenience, results, and how well it fits into your normal lifestyle.
Is there one plan that is better than the others?
There is little scientific evidence that shows that any one free diet plan is better than the others overall, so choose one, try it, observe the results and remember, you can always change it for another or even create your own.
Trying or experimenting with a variety of different free diet plans simply requires your patience and commitment. Try to be realistic in your weight loss goals. Slow and steady is more manageable than trying to ditch it all in just one month. Try to avoid being too ambitious about how fast you want to lose that excess weight.
Is there anything else I should do?
Don’t forget – regular exercise can also play a big part in helping you reduce your weight to your desired level. There are just as many fat burning activities as there are free diet plans. So think about increasing your level of physical activity to boost the effects of your diet and help burn off even more calories.
If you’re serious about losing weight, shedding those pounds and becoming healthier, then there are lots of options available to help you. But one thing is for sure; investing money in expensive exercise equipment or classes will be wasted unless you have the basic building block of any weight loss program – a healthy diet plan.
Why is it so important?
You know the old saying; you are what you eat – it’s never been truer than for the millions of people trying to lose weight each year. Your body is like a well tuned car engine – the quality of the ‘fuel’ you put into it determines what you get out of it. If you put in rubbish your body will struggle to achieve its optimal state. With a healthy diet plan you don’t have to stop eating. Quite the contrary; you can still eat a lot – but you need to change the type of food that you are eating. The difference is staggering!
Ok, so what do I do now?
So now that we’ve established why it’s so important, how do you go about it? How much weight you are planning to lose, your lifestyle at the moment, your age, physical condition and the period of time you’d like to lose the weight all contribute to determining which healthy diet plan will be best for you.
But let’s start with the basics; first off, you need to plan your daily food intake. Yes, plan it! Just like anything else in life, if you want to control your weight, you have to control what you eat. It’s that simple. Planning your meals and the healthy snacks you eat between them is essential if you want to succeed in losing that weight.
There are many healthy diet plans available; each one of them is slightly different and some may be more effective for you than others. It’s a case of experimenting and refining as you learn more and more about healthy eating. Remember, what you put in you body has a lot to do with how successful you’ll be losing weight.
It’s essential to learn something about basic food groups like carbohydrates (both simple and complex), proteins and high energy foods. With a little knowledge you’ll soon be able to adapt any healthy diet plan to fit your own needs exactly.
Start with small changes to your diet, by just counting the calories that you’re consuming in a typical day. Become an expert at reading the labels on food products in the supermarket to see what they really contain. Make sure that you’re drinking enough water each day; this is more important than you may think.
More people are successful at losing weight – and keeping it off – when they set out to do it over a reasonable length of time. It’s much easier to incorporate changes into your diet and also any changes in your lifestyle to support your healthy diet plan.
Eating healthy and including regular exercise should become your commitment for life, not just some short term novelty.