All about diets and dieting
When most people hear the word 'diet', they think some very restricted eating plan that's going to require you to give up all the foods that you enjoy. 'Bland', 'boring', and 'hungry' are often the terms that come to mind.
Fortunately, diet doesn't have to mean any of these things at all. Think of your 'diet' as your nutrition plan to eating right for life. When you view it in this manner - something that you'll stick with that will allow you to maintain a healthy goal weight over time, you'll be much more likely to enjoy the weight loss process and keep the weight off once you've reached your goal.
It's those who yo-yo on and off crash diets that never have true success with their fat loss goals, so this is what you really want to avoid.
The truth is that the biggest determinant of your success is simply finding a diet plan that you enjoy and that brings you results. Remember that there really is no 'right' or 'wrong' when it comes to a diet. There are definitely smarter and less wise choices, but what's most important is what you enjoy and can stick with.
A diet is only good if you actually follow it, so that must be a top concern.
Let's take a look at a few of the main things that a proper diet plan should take into account.
An Acceptable Calorie Intake
The very first thing a good diet will have is an acceptable calorie intake. While you definitely will need to reduce your calories lower to create the deficit necessary for fat loss, remember that if you take the calorie intake too low, your body will actually start to hold on to its body fat stores.
Instead, aim for one that's calorie reduced, but moderate. 1200-1600 calories per day for females and 1600-2000 calories per day for males is a good place to start. The heavier you are, the more calories you need so be sure to take that into account.
The second thing that you must have in place is enough protein. Out of all three nutrients on a diet plan, protein is the most important so always look at this when assessing a given diet.
Diets that include plenty of lean red meat, chicken and turkey breast, egg whites, low fat dairy products, and fish and seafood will be best. Avoid diets that shun these food items or that heavily restrict them.
Whey protein powder will also be used on some diets and this is a fast and convenient source of protein, but it should never replace real food meals in the plan.
A High Variety Of Fresh Or Frozen Produce
Moving along, good diets will also have you consuming a high amount of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. These foods are very high in fiber content and will supply all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs to function properly.
No diet should ever not include these or it wouldn't be considered sound. These foods are ideal for fat loss since they're not only more filling due to the fiber content, but also low win calorie as well.
The Reduction Of Processed And Convenience Foods
Finally, the last thing that a good diet will do is reduce the amount of processed and convenience food you're eating each day. It's these types of foods that are the biggest contributor to obesity rates in today's world so by focusing on only natural food items that come straight from the ground or sea, you're much better able to foster proper nutrition that will help you maintain a healthy body weight.
While every diet should have allowance for the odd treat now and then, the more of these types of foods you can cut out from the plan, the better.
So there you have some of the main factors that a good diet program will include. It's important that you do take the time to look over a variety of different diets so you can find one that you think you will enjoy, but once you've found that one, make sure that it satisfies these requirements.
If it does, then you can start up on it feeling good that it will lead you to your goal weight.