We have entered the time of year when many people are looking for a way to get in shape. You often hear the suggestion to “diet plan and exercise,” but what is the most important thing to do?
Studies have consistently shown that dieting without any exercise is going to produce more benefits for weight loss than exercise alone or the alternative, dieting with exercise. Although I’m not advocating skipping exercise, you can’t ignore the benefits of coming up with a diet plan and sticking to it.
You might be surprised to learn that there are so many different opportunities available to go on a diet. Just taking a simple walk down the grocery store aisles will show you a wide range of diet foods with well-known names, such as Atkins, Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.
Although these may have some benefits, they certainly are not for everyone and it is not necessary for you to join one of these plans in order to lose weight. What is important, is to come up with a diet plan that works for you and to stick to it. So what options should you consider?
Where to Begin?
First of all, think about the type of person that you are and the way that you enjoy eating. For example, some of us may choose to stay away from eating meat but others may enjoy eating it regularly. It is important for you to come up with a diet plan that is going to keep your own personal likes and dislikes in mind.
After all, if you try to completely change your diet and do a 180 overnight, it is likely that you are setting yourself up for failure. Instead, create a plan you know your personality can stick to. If you’re someone who has an aversion to change, maybe start your first month with simply drinking more water everyday. Then add in drinking less soda for the next month. Then add something in each month after that. A diet plan is just that. A plan. Plan it out so that it works for you
The Common Calorie Counter
One common option is to cut calories. This can be very effective, and some people have been able to lose a considerable amount of weight on this type of diet plan. It really involves thinking about how many calories you burn on a daily basis and then coming up with a food plan that has fewer calories than that number.
From there, it is really a matter of simple math. It takes 3500 calories to make one pound of body weight, either gain or loss. Cut 500 calories from your daily caloric need and you lose 1 pound per week. If you are a math oriented person, this plan may work great for you.
Another option that many people consider is simply trying to improve the way that they are eating and not necessarily living a life of self deprivation. If you make smarter food choices, it is often going to work out better for you in the long run.
Of course, there is always going to be a certain amount of effort necessary on your part to lose weight. By making healthier choices, however, you are taking a large step in the right direction.
Wrapping It All Together
If you are having difficulty losing weight because you don’t know what diet plan is right for you, it’s time for you to get help. Reading articles like these is a great first step. Enlist the assistance of someone who is qualified to come up with a plan for you.
Not only does it take some of the pressure off, it also helps you to commit to the plan, when you have someone monitoring your efforts. Grab a friend to revisit their own diet plan and keep each other accountable.
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Source: Alternative Health Concepts