We’ve all been there, looking at the number on the scale, feeling depressed and ashamed of our own bodies, browsing around trying to find a proven way to lose weight that is easy to follow and delivers the results we dream of.
But why is it so difficult? why so many people complain about their lack of results when following one diet or another? If you do exactly what successful dieters do, shouldn’t you lose weight as well?
Your body is unique, and even though we have many things in common as human beings, the way we lose weight is not necessarily one of them.
Before you can lose weight successfully it is important that you find what I call Your Perfect Diet, that one that fits your unique circumstances including your lifestyle, current weight and limitations.
For example, you cannot lose weight fast and effectively if you weigh over 300 pounds and choose a weight loss program based on running.
Can you learn how to run? sure!, is it possible to start running gradually until you make it to your goal? 100%!.
However it will be much more difficult, especially if you are an absolute beginner and your chances of giving up will increase when you realize how hard it gets.
And that is exactly what happens to most people, they give up because they choose a diet based on what works for others instead of what works for them.
That being said, how do you find your perfect diet?
To find your perfect diet, that one that helps you lose weight naturally and delivers fast results to keep you motivated it is necessary that you evaluate yourself honestly and make sure that your diet fits your current circumstances and not the other way around.
The following questions will help you do exactly that.
We will eliminate guesswork and help you find your perfect diet quickly so you can get started and see your desired results in record time. Ready?
1. Does your chosen plan match your eating style?
There are some diets that encourage you to eat a certain amount of times during the day, let’s say 6.
As you can imagine, if you struggle to eat 2 or 3 meals during the day, chances are you won’t last on that diet no matter how healthy it is.
Also keep in mind that when you diet, all your family gets involved so ask yourself if the diet has a family-friendly approach that everyone in your home can follow.
2. Does it match your exercise level?
This is related to what I said at the beginning.
If you are a sedentary person, a diet that includes hours of gym may sound good but will definitely be a challenge not everybody is ready to overcome.
Select a plan that includes a workout plan that you think is doable for you.
And remember, exercising is anything that increases whole-body movement, that means you don’t need memberships or special equipment.
3. Can you live with your diet forever?
This is something you definitely need to take into account.
If you are not willing to follow your selected diet for the rest of your life, don’t even bother, because as soon as you get back to what you were doing before your diet the weight will come back.
4. Does it include foods you like, can prepare and can afford?
Some diet plans require things like meal replacements that may work for some people but not for you.
Other diets require that you spend hours in the kitchen, which is something that only works for people with lots of time available.
Finally, some recipes may be expensive depending on the ingredients so make sure you make a choice that you can afford on the long-run.
5. How quickly will you lose weight?
This is the million dollar question.
Losing weight quickly is possible but keep in mind that any dramatic weight loss at the beginning is mostly water.
Make sure your diet takes this into account and includes a plan for steady and healthy weight loss on the long run as well.
6. Does this diet help you with your bad habits?
This is hard I know, but is absolutely necessary.
It doesn’t matter how hard you work if you don’t give up your bad habits and change your lifestyle for good.
Make sure that your selected diet helps you with this by including a plan to gradually replace your bad habits with healthy ones.
7. Can you still have some of your favorite foods?
You definitely need to be careful here.
For some people, not having their favorite foods is a nightmare that can trigger cravings they find difficult to overcome.
If you are one of them, make sure that your selected diet includes some of your favorite foods in small portions.
However evaluate yourself and be brutally honest regarding your ability to feel good after having just one small bite of your favorite foods instead of a complete portion.
If you think that a small bite will not be enough and you will end up overeating I would recommend you to look for a more restrictive plan.
8. Does it call for small, gradual changes?
Do not make the mistake of thinking that you are ready for big changes when you are just getting started
It is definitely better that you take the baby steps approach and start changing small things first until you are ready for a bigger challenge.
This will definitely increase your chances of success and allows you to lose weight and keep it off forever.
9. Is your selected diet based on supplements?
Do not rely on diets that base their results on supplements and magic pills.
Healthy weight loss plans don’t need to be supplemented in order to work. It is true that some supplements are recommended for better results in some cases like Glucomannan on the Keto Diet.
However it is important to remember that according to nutritionists there is no reason for us not to get all our required nutrients from the foods we eat.
10 Is it structured or flexible?
Some people prefer structured diets that tell them which foods to eat as well as the recommended portions to help them stay on track. However this doesn’t mean that a more flexible diet won’t work.
In fact if you prefer to follow a diet that allows you to make your own food choices that’s perfectly fine as long as you make sure that your selected diet includes a variety of healthy options to choose from.
Well there you have it, by asking these 10 questions to yourself you’ll make sure that your selected diet fits your unique circumstances and helps you achieve your weight loss goals.