The main reason people choose a specific diet program is weight loss. That is a totally normal behavior. But the question I would like to consider before choosing anything is if it is really healthy to take a rigorous diet for a couple of days or weeks, lose weight and after seeing the effect, return to the diet before.
Choosing a diet is now very easy. Pick one, check the comments on a forum regarding the effectiveness and start the work. The catchy part is that there are tons of various diets and lots of them offer extraordinary effects with minimum amount of work. Let me present you my point of view about diets.
There are two types of diets. The first one I call ‘The Instant Effect Diet’. There a lot of different types, let me name a few: the 3 day diet, the military diet, 1000 kcal diet, 500 kcal diet, HCG diet and so on. The main characteristics of these is that they offer fast weight loss. Which in terms of logic, they provide, because in their program you have to reduce the amount of food which makes us fat. In the most rigorous ones, eating is just for survival. Are they healthy – you may ask. You can guess from my writing tone, that they are not really the essence of life. If you are into weight loss, there are better solutions for it. You have to keep in mind that it is a longer path, but I can tell you that the long run is very beneficial.
The second type of diets is connected with lifestyle. ‘I eat traditional food’ – that’s one statement you might hear. ‘I like cheeseburgers’ – that’s another. ‘We don’t eat meat’ – that’s also common. Traditional diet, vegetarian diet, vegan diet, based on the new pyramid of health lifestyle diet, just to name a few. These diets don’t have a weight loss as the main purpose, but in some of them the side effect is losing weight. People on a healthy diet, who exercise, don’t have any issues with their weight.
The diet which I recommend the most is the vegan diet based on the new pyramid of health lifestyle. It contains all the ingredients human beings need and excludes or reduces the products which are neutral or harmful.
If you eat meat don’t panic. The second diet I recommend is based on the new pyramid of health lifestyle diet- there are a lot of changes since the last pyramid of health. Now we know that physical activity and water are very important factors in our diet and they determine our overall health. Meat, eggs, dairy, fish are not excluded in this one.
What I am trying to say is that changing your lifestyle diet is far more beneficial than taking a risky instant effect diet. All diets which I recommend should contain the following factors:
- The preferable beverage is water. I recommend tap water, however if you are not sure about it before drinking, check your local water suppliers for certificates, government approvals etc. Try to avoid sodas, juice from the market, because they all contain a lot of sugar.
- Reduce the amount of sugar. We eat too much of it. It’s in almost every product, not only sweets. If you have a hunger for sweets eat a fruit, dates, figs, raisins. They also contain sugar but apart from that, they also contain vitamins and fiber, which allows our digesting system to get rid of the sugar our bodies don’t need.
- Stay active. Physical activity is very important. You don’t have to be an athlete, just go dig something in the yard, take a walk. Ask your friends if they would like to go outside and have a run. It’s easier to stay motivated when you share your time with someone.
Don’t force yourself to the limit. Taking a healthy road has its bumps and curves. Take small steps and don’t get depressed if you fail. From every failure you can learn something. Only people who don’t do anything don’t fail.