With obesity reaching epidemic proportions in the United States, it amazes me that all of the diet doctors and gurus have not stumbled on the simple solution. Fad diets come and go, but one thing remains true: no one diet will work for everyone. Eating habits are as varied as the personalities of people, and any successful diet plan needs to be tailored to those individual needs. I intend to explain how to find the diet plan that will work for you.
First, you need to analyze your dietary style. Consider the types of foods that you consume most often. Are you addicted to carbohydrates? Are most of your meals prepackaged or from a take-out restaurant? Do you tend to overeat at most occasions? Once you have realized what foods your diet is primarily made up of, only then can you select the right diet plan to suit your weight loss needs.
If your current diet is on the carbohydrate-heavy side, a low carbohydrate diet plan like the new Atkins approach may be just what you need. Even small changes like excluding products made with white flour and sugar from your diet may produce the desired weight loss results. For more extensive information about low-carbohydrate dieting, visit www.atkins.com for detailed explanations and guidelines.
If you are a person who is constantly on the go and depends on drive through restaurants for most meals, changing menu items may be the best diet plan for you. Instead of ordering a double cheeseburger, fries, and a large soda, opt instead for salads and bottled water. McDonald’s is just one restaurant that has started catering to a more health concious drive-through society with their tasty variety of salads. See www.mcdonalds.com for salad choices and restaurant locations.
A person that eats a diet high in protein may need to concentrate on reducing the amount of fat that he or she ingests on a daily basis. This may require a change from low carbohydrate dietary staples like beef and pork, to leaner foods like fish, shellfish, and skinless chicken to produce weight loss results.
The snack attacker, that person that munches often between meals and before bedtime requires a different diet plan. This type of eating personality needs to change the type of snacks that they are consuming. Consider replacing chips with vegetables and fresh fruits. If the snack item of choice is candy, simply switch to the sugar free versions. Russell Stover, as well as Hershey, offers many sugar free candy choices that can be found at drug and grocery stores.
If you happen to be a generalized over-eater, then the Weight Watchers plan may be for you. Instead of reducing only one type of food, it may be necessary for you to count overall “points” to achieve your weight loss goals. For more information on this diet plan, see www.weightwatchers.com.
All diet plans become more effective with the inclusion of physical exercise. Consult with your physician before deciding to embark on any diet or exercise plan.