Weight Loss Diet
Excess body weight isn’t just a beauty issue. It’s a serious health concern as well and it has been shown to increase the risk of a number of health problems including diabetes, heart disease and even some types of cancer. By getting rid of those pounds, you will thus also improve your overall health and reduce the risk of the previously mentioned conditions.
Which Weight Loss Diet?
Obviously, you will have to make some changes to your diet if you want to lose weight. But which weight loss diet to choose? Popular websites and magazines are full of all sorts of weight loss programmes ranging from low-carb to low-fat and various restrictive diets which foresee avoiding particular foods or food groups. Then, there are also various “super foods” that miraculously burn fat, not to mention the innumerous weight loss products. So if you’re confused, you’re not the only one.
When deciding between the many weight loss diet plans, you should keep in mind that no matter how much you hate them, it’s calories that count rather than particular macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, etc. This means that if you want to lose weight, you need to reduce your daily caloric intake and at the same time, increase your caloric expenditure through increased physical activity. And the last but not the least important, you should stick to the chosen diet even when your reach your target body weight. If you return to your old eating (and exercise) habits, all lost pounds will slowly but surely come back.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Weight Loss Diet
There is no single diet that would work for everyone. If you want to succeed in getting rid of excess pounds and keep them off for good, it is extremely important to pay attention to the following:
- the diet includes the foods you like to eat
- the diet includes a diverse and nutritionally balanced foods from all major groups including fruits and vegetables, legumes, lean meat or other lean sources of proteins, dairy products, seeds and nuts, etc.
- all the foods are easily available in the supermarket and fit your budget
Remember that it’s possible to lose weight through dietary changes alone but it’s a lot easier to achieve results that last if combined with regular exercise. Ideally, you should be physically active at least 30 minutes for most days of the week.