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Friday, February 10, 2012

8 Tips To Determine a Weight Loss Diet: Review Carefully, And Choose The Correct Diet

Choose a weight loss program that is safe, effective, and practical. That sounds simple enough, right? Wrong! Deciding on a sound way to lose weight is extremely difficult because there are literally thousands of offerings from which to choose. How can you know the correct way? The only approach to deciding how to lose weight is to learn certain principles and stick ruthlessly to them. For instance:

1. The "diet" should consist of a balanced intake of "normal" foods. A plan that advocates excess use of items such as kumquats or cabbage would be best left to rabbits and orangutans.

2. If you insist upon buying a program to help you lose weight, don't just throw a dart at the page when you choose. Investigate the credentials of the creator of the diet. Exercise gurus may have the leading edge on how to build muscle but they are not necessarily adequately trained in the fundamentals of good nutrition. (The last thing you want from your "diet" is to end up worse than you started!)

3. Choose only diets that are practical to follow for the rest of your life. If you rely on pre-packaged foods, evaluate whether this would be a workable plan for the long run. Do you want to eat separately from your family for the rest of your life?

4. Are there proven results from the diet you are considering. Do the purveyors of the program have excellent references (other than themselves)?

5. Stay away from fad diets unless you want to expend all of your efforts to lose water and muscle weight in a short period of time. Just know that you will gain the "weight" back as soon as you stop the "diet".

6. Don't assume that what's good for the goose is good for the gander. If you have a basic underlying disturbance in glucose (sugar) metabolism, you may benefit from a diet that follows the glycemic index. However, this may not be helpful or advisable for you if your problem is "simply" the intake of too many calories and the "burn" of too few of them.

7. Stay away from diets that are excessively low in calories unless it is prescribed by your physician. These diets are potentially dangerous...for example, they may cause gall stones or kidney stones and they may be very dangerous for pre-diabetics.

8. Plan to lose between one and three pounds per week. If you diet to achieve more than that you will be disappointed at best and at risk of endangering your health at worst.

There is only one correct diet. Period!

By Sue Bristol, R.N.

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