How to choose the right diet

One look at a bookshelf or website and you’ll quickly learn that there are literally thousands of choices when it comes to diets.

Some are traditional, some are new, and some are a combination of both.

Which diet is right for you? How do you know that the diet you embark on will be healthy? Low-fat? Low-carb? Detoxification? Raw foods?

The first thing you will need to do is check with your doctor or a dietician to explore the options available to you. He or she will want to do a physical unless you’ve had a recent one, and will discuss your particular health needs as it relates to a diet.

One thing to keep in mind, regardless of which diet you pick, is the nutritional value. Dropping 30 or 40 pounds won’t matter if you aren’t eating healthy along the way. A crash diet only starves your body of needed nutrients. So eat healthy when you diet.

Don’t expect overnight miracles. Taking off weight takes time, commitment, and planning. It requires a change in lifestyle. You may not be accustomed to exercise or eating healthy foods, but it’s a must if you’re going to lose weight and keep it off. The idea isn’t to starve yourself—it’s to become healthy.

If you eat well, exercise, get rest, and eat moderate portions, weight loss should be the result. Keep a before-and-after log of the foods you eat. Compare. You’ll see a vast difference in the way you treated your body before your diet, and during.

Getting rest is another key issue. Our bodies aren’t machines that operate endlessly. We have to have rest in order to work and go about our daily lives. With a hectic, stressful schedule, rest is a crucial part of dieting. Resting isn’t being lazy. It’s what our bodies are meant to do when we’re tired and stressed. Even if you don’t want to sleep long hours or nap through the day, just sitting in a comfortable chair or lying down with closed eyes in a quiet room can do wonders for you.

Try to eat natural foods when you can. Try to eat healthy snacks. Drink more water. Cut out sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. If you lose weight but fill your body with poisons, you’ve defeated the purpose of trying to live a healthier life.

Tammy Ruggles

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