There are lots of weight loss programs out there, many of them parade many success stories. So how do you choose the best weight loss program for you? Let’s start at the beginning and understand some basic notions, You need to know the difference between long term diets and short term diets:
Short term diets will not always inform you that they are short term diets but you can identify them with ease. Short term diets are distinguished by very high expectations pressed into a very short amount of time, These diets will tell you that they can make you lose 50 pounds in the first month or two, But they won’t tell you what happens afterwards. Keep in mind that those diets really only work for the first months – mostly because they offer unbalanced meal plans that are far from intended to better your health.
Short term diets are also a lot more extreme, and have many restrictions. They mostly contain instructions like: don’t eat after 6 pm, don’t eat any X, eat only X, eat only two meals a day, etc. These diets are to be avoided. Long term diets are diets you should adapt to and then integrate with you day to day life. This type of diet is a more healthy one, however, it takes longer to see it’s results. You can identify long term diets by judging how realistic the expected results are and how radical you have to be to get these results.
When you are not asked to do very unordinary things to keep up with the diet, It probably means it is planned for the long run. When you attempt to select the best program for yourself you need to take several parameters into account, First, be realistic, don’t take on a diet you can’t really succeed with. It is very easy to slip and tell yourself “yes, I can do this and that” and “it can’t be that hard” But when you’re in it for the long run you need to be comfortable with your diet.
After you select a realistic diet you need to think of the Will Power Factor. The will power factor is very simple: the more will power you need, the closer your next fall is. Don’t try to prove yourself by doing something very hard, just do what you know will come easy and comfortably to you. The next thing is selecting the meal plan, Meal plans are the backbone of any diet, so you need to select it very carefully. Most weight loss programs come with a built in meal plan which fits the program best. So you may want to select a program according to the meal plan.
Same as when selecting a diet program, try to select meal plan that is right for you, Don’t get a meal plan that requires you to cook a lot if you don’t have the time for it, Don’t get a meal plan which requires expensive ingredients if you don’t want to invest a lot of money. You get the point, get the meal plan that fits you.
There is a lot more to learn of dieting psychology, You can read all about it here.