The Best Diet
A good way to assess whether or not a diet is suitable for you is to see how closely it resembles your current nutritional habits. If it includes foods you currently eat and enjoy and doesn't result in you feeling hungry, then it is highly likely that you will be able to stick to it long term. However, if you are having to eat foods you have never eaten before, foods you don't enjoy, or if it makes you feel hungry often, then it is more likely that the results you achieve, if any, will be temporary.
There is always much debate with regards to what characteristics a diet should have if you want to lose weight. My opinion on this topic is discussed in far greater detail elsewhere on this site. However, as far as I'm concerned, sustainability of the diet is far more important than the specifics of the diet.
The same rule applies when it comes to exercise. It is absolutely imperative that you enjoy the exercise you are currently performing and can see yourself doing the exercise program long term. Don't concern yourself with what exercise plans are the best to perform or what time of the day is the most effective for burning fat. Whilst these may have some impact, it is far more important that you enjoy the exercise and make it a regular part of your lifestyle.
There are so many diet and exercise plans currently on the market that are so blatantly wrong for people simply because they are not a long-term approach to weight loss. Plus, what makes matter worse, is that they are often promoted by respected members of our community, like pharmacists, who have had very little training in nutrition or exercise in the first place! This is a similar marketing strategy to 'celebrity endorsement', whereby well-known or highly-respected people are paid (very well) to endorse a particular product.
It seems that people honestly believe that by starving themselves and replacing their breakfast and lunch with shakes that they will be able to lose weight and keep it off. Sure, they will lose weight but you can rest assured that the weight loss they achieve will be very temporary. As soon as they resume their 'normal' eating habits the weight will pile back on. Plus, they will usually put on extra weight as well.
However, as far as the promoters of the diets are concerned this is not a bad thing because it ensures they have repeat customers!
Worse still, these diets do not teach people how to prepare food or eat correctly for permanent weight loss. They have simply given them a 'lazy person's' way to lose weight, which requires little time or effort.
Unfortunately though, that is exactly what people want; a 'lazy way' to lose weight that requires very little time or effort. However, permanent weight loss requires effort and hard work! There are no 'short cuts' or easy ways to get results. If you want to lose weight and keep it off then you must be willing to put in effort! If not, your results will not be sustainable. Plain and simple!
Therefore, when choosing the best diet and exercise plan for you, always ask yourself if you can see yourself following the plan long term. If you can, great, use that program. If, on the other hand, you can't see yourself following the program long term, then don't waste your time by starting the exercise and diet plan in the first place.
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