A trip to your local bookstore or even a Google search for "diet plans" will yield results beyond your wildest imagination. The sheer amount of books, advice, and information on how to diet, when to diet, where to diet, why to diet, etc. can be overwhelming.
Deciphering all of the information that can, at times, seem to contradict itself is difficult. So let's take a quick look at some of the basic advice from a few top diet plans to try and clear this up. Check out the best and worst advice from:
Reduce your exposure to unhealthy foods and to cues that cause you to eat. You can’t eat what isn't there!
Use exercise poles on your walk to burn more calories.
- You're not cross-country skiing so those poles aren't doing anything for you except making you look goofy. Mix up your gym routine, instead.
YOU: On a Diet
Pick a range for your ideal weight instead of fixating on a particular number. You’ll feel guilt-free when faced with the small fluctuations that occur naturally day-to-day.
Eat the exact same thing for lunch—and breakfast too if you can stand it—every day.
- Isn't this what makes people go OFF of diets? Morning: Breakfast shake. Noon: Lunch shake. Evening: Dinner shake. Add variety and flavor to your diet. It's possible.
Read the ingredients. Don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce.
You must eat vegan.
Really? We must go Vegan? Seems to us that a drastic diet change like that can not only be harmful to one's health, if done improperly, but may prove too difficult and see them giving up the diet altogether. Good call.
The Biggest Loser
Try circuit training. The effective, total-body workouts will help you lose weight and inches, as well as boost your metabolism, strengthen your bones, and may even make you more resistant to stress.
Start your own competition à la Biggest Loser, complete with group meetings and registration fees.
- Do you really see this working? No cameramen. No producers. Charging your friends to lose weight. We're sure there will be a line forming at your door when you propose this idea. (Sarcasm noted.)
French Women Don't Get Fat
Add “petit” and “peu” to your French vocabulary; you can have a little of everything if you stick to small portions.
Buy fresh flowers, or carry a sprig of lavender with you to smell as you pass the tempting aromas floating out of bakeries and restaurants.
- Lavender will keep your mouth from watering sure, but after awhile it could even cause you to start sneezing up a storm. And that's always an attractive look, right?
The Beck Diet Solution
Differentiate between cravings and hunger. If you can tell the difference between wanting to eat and needing to eat, you can cut out unnecessary calories.
Just say, "Oh well."
- Hey, apathy! That's a surefire way to stay on a diet. It takes drive, motivation, and a headstrong attitude. If you're willing to mutter, "Oh well," when things get tough, you haven't got it, kid.
Implement a system of checks and balances for rewarding yourself with the treats you miss the most while dieting. For example, if you long for white bread but couldn’t care less about chocolate cake, enjoy a serving of bread before dinner and skip dessert.
If a restaurant doesn’t have whole-wheat pasta on the menu, bring your own for them to prepare.
- Oh yeah, we're sure chefs just love when patrons bring in their own food. Maybe they will prepare it, but we wouldn't bank on getting any sort of good service.
The Thrive Diet
Eat less processed food. Sticking to whole, fiber-rich foods will help you lose weight.
- Again, what's with these drastic changes? The raw trend came and went like Daewoo Autos.
So while there is some very valid advice floating around in the diet world, it is important to know the difference between good advice and bad advice. What it boils down to is finding a plan that is right for you, studying it, knowing it, adhering to it, and tracking the results.
Source: MSN Health