Choosing the Right Diet

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When choosing the right diet for you it is important that you consider many different factors.  In this, you will need to ask yourself a number of important questions. Moreover, you’ll need to think before you answer.  Answering automatically won’t do you any favors.  Instead, you’ll need to take the time to take in the question and understand the realistic and practical answer.

Questions to Ask Yourself About a Diet You’re Considering

There are many different factors to think about when choosing the right diet.  After all, nutrition and its goals are complex.  It’s not just a matter of swallowing a nutrition pill that will help you achieve all your goals while gaining all the nutrients you need.  You need to factor reality into the mix. 

Ask yourself the following questions to help yourself to be more confident in choosing the right diet:

The below information will show you what to look out for in a diet. 

What to Consider When Choosing a Diet

Make sure that your diet contains all the essential nutrients for good health. Using the Food Guide Pyramid or Choose My Plate (from the USDA) and the Nutrition Facts Label that is found on most processed food products can help you to improve your nutrition choices

This official guidance from the USDA shows you the kinds and amounts of food that you need each day for good health. The Nutrition Facts Label will help you select foods that meet your daily nutritional needs. Though these may not be perfect and fully customized nutrition recommendations, they can help to put you on the right track.  From there, you can adjust your diet to better suit your own unique nutrition goals.

Helpful Steps to a Diet Based on Good Nutrition

The basic steps to good nutrition come from a diet that:

Why Rapid Results Aren’t Everything

So, you ask, how do people lose 20 pounds in one month or 300 pounds in one year as is claimed in published testimonials for certain diets or products? The answer is that most of such rapid weight loss is not fat. It is lean tissue – muscle (it takes fewer than 1,000 calories to burn a pound of muscle) and to a certain degree it will be water weight loss and excess waste stored in the colon.  Regardless of what is lost to achieve those results, this type of extreme dieting often results in extreme weight rebounds as well as was clearly demonstrated among the winners of The Biggest Loser.

Therefore, while choosing the right diet, it’s very important to look at many more factors aside from the speed of weight loss.  Yes, you want to reach your goal sooner rather than later.  That said, it’s important not to try to lose so quickly that you only end up seeing the pounds again shortly afterward.