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Choosing the right Diet for Weight Loss

Choosing the right Diet for Weight Loss

Obesity is an ever-increasing problem in affluent countries. But if you plan to lose weight and stay slim, there is only one answer. You need to find a healthy way of eating that becomes part of your life for ever, not just as a temporary diet. Along with building extra physical activity into your daily routine, this tried and tested approach is the one that works best.

Quick-fix diets

The main conclusions of research into the success or failure of diet products and weight-loss plans are sobering. They show that, after people stop dieting, most of them regain all the weight they may have lost, while some gain even more.

Glamorous brochures and promises of instant weight loss are undeniably seductive. But miracles do not happen in the real world: fast track diets are impractical and shortsighted. Many take the form of milk shakes, designed to replace one or more meals. The drinks contain a wide range of nutrients. But they have serious drawbacks:

Yo-Yo dieting –Some diets do promote gradual, steady weight-loss. But others promise results within an unrealistically short time. This creates an endless cycle: sudden weight-loss followed by equally fast weight-gain. This ‘on-again, off-again’ approach can be harmful: fluctuating changes in weight put a strain on the heart. One study has shown that changes such as these during adulthood increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. Extreme dieting may also lead to irregular menstruation: this is especially the case in young girls, some of whom take dieting to such excess, they stop menstruating completely.

Joining a club – Reputable slimming groups provide support and advice while you lose weight. The aim of most clubs is to help you to change your eating behavior.

Portion-control – Ready-made calorie-counted meals are popular choices. They are often labeled as ‘diet’ or ‘low-calorie’. But the portion sizes tend to be small: this is usually why they are so low in calories. But you can always give a positive boost to the health values of these meals by accompanying them with the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables from the Five Food Groups

Getting physical- The most effective way to maintain a balanced weight and healthy metabolism is to increase your levels of physical activity. This triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers: these combat stress and also help to energies you.

Use Measurable targets

Here are a few examples of the energy expenditure derived from various activities. They are all measured in Calories-per-hour units: you should check the time you spend on the activity and work out the sum from that:

 In the end, it’s your choice what diet you want to follow. It all comes down to calories…too many and you gain weight, while a safe reduction will help you lose weight. Period. It’s much easier to reduce your calories by making small changes in your current habits than to change your entire lifestyle overnight, as many of these diets require. Oh, and don’t forget to exercise!
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