There are so many different types of diet and weight loss program available that it can be hard to make the right decision.
Which one is best for you? Well, this will depend on both your goals and your preferences.
Just because a friend of your lost weight using one program does not necessarily mean that it will work for you.
With this in mind though, there are definitely ways to tell if a weight loss program is going to be dodgy. Here are some things to look out for:
#1: Its too restrictive
A diet that is too restrictive is highly unlikely to result in the long-term results you want.
While you may lose weight to begin your body will soon start to fight against the weight loss, this is because your metabolism will slow in an attempt to cling onto its fat reserves.
You may also find that restricting your calories or food intake could also leave you lacking in nutrients and energy too, which will result in your body breaking down muscle mass for energy.
This loss of muscle mass will also lead to a further drop in your metabolism.
Finally, overly restrictive diets are simply not fun.
Having to cut out so many foods, especially the ones you love will leave you unhappy and fearful of what effects these foods will have on your body.
Surely there has to be a better way of achieving your weight loss goals than starving yourself?
#2: Its over reliant on meal-replacement
While the occasional meal-replacement shake could help your weight loss efforts, if you are skipping meals daily to consume them then something is wrong.
To lose weight long-term you need to learn how to plan and prepare healthy meals, and to listen to your own hunger signals.
Also, if you do buy into the meal-replacement craze, make sure to read the labels of the products.
Many do not have the necessary nutrients required for good health, so consuming them instead of real food can leave you lacking in these vitamins and nutrients.
#3: It restricts carbs
Believe it or not but your body needs carbs. They are essential for various bodily functions, as well as being your bodies main source of energy.
I would never recommend cutting carbs entirely from your diet. But I would recommend looking at the types of carbs you consume. There are good and bad types of carbs.
Good carbs are complex carbs, as they have been minimally processed.
Examples of good carbs:
- Fresh fruit
- Non-starchy vegetables
- Whole grains
Examples of bad carbs:
- White bread, white rice and white pasta
- Processed foods
- White potatoes
#4: It claims you wont have to exercise
I would never suggest signing up to a diet or weight loss program that does not require exercise.
The health benefits of exercise should ensure you at least do a little every day. Even once you reach your weight loss goals.
Hopefully these few thoughts have given you an idea of what not to look for in a weight loss program, now it is time for you to find one that works for you.
You may need to try a few to find one that is suitable, but remember you have to give them each a little time to check if they work. It is no good changing after just a few days.