If you walk into any bookstore offline or online you will find an ever expanding collection of books on weight loss diets or programs with catchy titles that promise you everlasting success at creating a new skinny you.
These books are supplemented with an endless stream of magazines full of different types of weight loss diets with highly enticing headlines one cannot resist such as: “Melt Belly Fat Super-Fast”, Lose 7 “waist inches” in 2 Weeks”, “Celebrity Weight Loss Diets”, “Melt off 11 lbs a Week”, “Quick Weight Loss Diets To Help You Shed Pounds and Inches”, Melt The Fat In No Time With Top High Protein Weight Loss Diets, and on and on… And the problem is, that these titles and the gist of the articles change practically every week…
To add to the confusion, Internet is even worse. Popular weight loss diets continuously change, depending on the buzz words of the time.
Overweight people gobble up these diet books, magazines and online programs by the millions. Billions of dollars are spent on these publications. Yet sadly, there are no breakthrough weight loss diets and there are no scientific “secrets” or “miracles” to losing weight.
So how can you sort through this barrage of online information and misinformation and choose a program that will work for you? It is not easy. It is important that you carefully examine the weight loss diets or programs that appeal to you. Take your time and be aware that you may not only be choosing a diet to help you shed pounds but you may also be choosing a new lifestyle that may affect you and your family.
How To Overcome The Weight Loss Diets Dilemma
Before you jump on the dieting bandwagon (online or offline) you need to do a little research to find out the following:
- Has the diet been tried on a large sample (usually hundreds) of overweight people?
- Have the results been compared against the same number of people who were on other weight reducing diets?
- Is the author an expert in the field of nutrition. You definitely should find out more about the author and his or her reputation. Be wary of the programs that are not created or at least supported by qualified professionals such as nutritionists, dietitians and physicians.
- Many weigh loss diets are not balanced nutritionally and for that reason they simply cannot be sustained. Our bodies need a balanced complement of foods from all three food groups (protein, carbohydrates and fats). For example in some of the high protein weight loss diets the intake of carbohydrates is essentially eliminated. Drastically reducing any of the food groups is not sustainable long term and it will be detrimental to your health.
- Is the diet based on recently discovered “secrets” or “miracles”? Remember, there are no “secrets”, there are no “miracles”. Anyone claiming them is not being truthful.
- Is the program flexible and adaptable to individual needs? Every dieter is different. A successful weight loss plan must be adaptable to personal preferences and tastes. Rigid diets have no chance to succeed.
- In recent years it has been shown that weight loss for women may require a different approach than weight loss for men. Did the author address gender differences.
- Is the weight loss diet promising you fast results that deep down even you suspect such results are not achievable. Trust your gut. Now, don’t take me wrong there are some quick weight loss diets and solutions for emergency situations. You have to know what you are looking for. Are you looking for a quick fix or is it more of a permanent solution?
- Is the weight loss diet based on common sense approach of healthy food choices. The food choices should be suitable for the whole family with only some modifications. We are all so busy today, juggling work and family responsibilities that we simply do not have time to prepare two completely different meals, one for the dieter and one for the family.
- The program guidelines and tools must be simple and easy to follow. There should not be any second guessing. If you are looking for an online program, the materials should be easy to download. They should be easy to read and follow.
- If you are purchasing a weight loss diet online, make sure that the diet has at least 30 day unconditional money back guarantee. Having a guarantee allows you to examine the program thoroughly. If you are not happy with it, return it and get your money back.
- The last point I want to make about online diets is in regard to support, guidance and follow-ups by the team that designed the plan. This is a very important point. Any good dieting program will have support and follow up. Many also offer support forums where one can meet other dieters with the same problems and where you can exchange ideas, vent, ask for help, exchange recipes and so on.
In conclusion, the best weight loss diets are the ones that are effective and ones that will lead you to lose weight permanently. Weight loss is not about “suffering”. None of the diets should leave you hungry, deprive you of essential nutrients, which over time, you will miss and crave. Any dieting program that leaves you hungry and craving is not going going to help you, but on the contrary, it will cause you to fail. Lastly, weight loss recipes must be flexible, affordable, easy to prepare and yummy.
If you research the weight loss diets you are interested in and pick the one that resonates the best with you, chances are that you will succeed. I’d love to hear your experiences with some of the weight loss diets you found online. Please make sure to leave a comment below.