According to Google, whenever a new year like 2015 rolls around, searches for terms like “best diet plans” or “how to lose weight fast” tend to increase, with folks searching for the latest, greatest, and best diet plans to sincerely kick their weight loss efforts into gear. Whether it’s the HCG diet, a juice cleansing fast touted by plenty of online resources, the Dukan diet, Paleo snacking, or some other popular diet plan – overweight people want to use the New Year as motivation to lose weight in earnest.
According to Redbook, a study of several diet plans found the best one to be those that follow the edicts of Weight Watchers in terms of long term weight loss after 12 months, although many of the dieters on various diet plans went off their plans after two years. As reported by the Denver Post, fad diet plans can lead to fast weight loss, however, the key to keeping weight off for good is to plan meals and start off with a diet plan that involves cooking three or four meals at home in order to know exactly what you’re eating. That’s along the same lines that this writer’s fitness trainer said recently, which is quite a feat for a woman who loves Taco Bell’s protein bowls and Chipotle as part of her best diet plans.
Alas, seeing as though I’ve lost weight over the past year – starting at 180 pounds in December 2013, and down to 158 pounds or so in November 2014 and hovering around 158 in January 2015 – let me tell you the real deal on the best diet plans that have worked for me.
First off, make sure your best diet plans include great group training classes, a personal trainer, or some kind of inspiration that allows you to find out the best eating tips from others and helps you experience the community of emotion that shows you you’re not alone. In the past, I mainly exercised alone, running a 5K on the treadmill or using the exercise machines, but a three-month hardship pause from my health club and a big focus on working to pay off debt pulled me away and caused my weight to balloon to 180 pounds more than one year ago. Joining the group exercise classes, combined with continuing my solo workouts, seriously helped me get serious about dropping weight – and I learned that strength training really helps with weight loss.
Another of the best diet plans I learned was when I read the book Wheat Belly, which taught that even triathletes may still have a “beer belly” type of gut – and that’s because the best diet plans involve lessening the gluten in your life, and that the best diet plans involve a change in eating, which is about 80 percent of weight loss – not merely working out. Mara Schiavocampo touts a similar message about the importance of planning your diet in her new book, Thinspired: How I Lost 90 Pounds — My Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Self-Acceptance.
Using the free fitness app called My Fitness Pal helps to encourage me to try to stay within my calorie limit and know how many calories I should eat daily to make my goal weight of around 148 pounds, since I’m five feet, 11-inches tall. Doing so helps us learn that the best diet plans include lots of lean protein, fresh fruits and veggies – which go a lot further in a 1,600-calorie-per-day diet plan than will a Snicker’s bar, although I have fallen off the wagon along the weight loss journey. But I’m back now, with a talk from my trainer encouraging me to give up my non-cooking habit to make it past this plateau and kick my fitness into even better gear. The best diet plans also tend to include plenty of protein, as reported by the Inquisitr, another factor I’ve found helpful to lean out, build good fat-burning muscles, and help me when I’m on the go by being able to grab a protein shake as needed.
In the end, the best diet plans tend to be the ones that you find it easy to stick with year after year — diet plans that you enjoy the best for your specific lifestyle and body, and become the ones that have the healthiest and best fitness effects for your life.
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