There are many weight loss diet plans available to help you lose weight. The problem seems to be that each week, there is different advice on what actually works when it comes to losing weight. Choosing the right diet plan means having more than just a goal of losing weight. In order for a weight loss plan to be effective, and that means keeping the weight off for good, it means having a plan that works long-term.
The first step in your weight loss journey is to decide how much weight you want to lose. If you have a lot of weight to lose, then it’s a good idea to choose a diet that allows you to eat your favorite foods while still cutting calories and meeting your weight loss goals. Every diet plan needs to include healthy foods for adequate nutrition, and the right combination of foods also allows room to spend calories on treats.
Another consideration is whether or not you want to prepare the food or have it done for you. It is less expensive to buy fresh food to prepare, but if you don’t have time to make your meals, it may be a good idea to consider a program like Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig, two of the most popular programs to help you lose weight. If you need plenty of structure and don’t want to decide what to eat when using a diet plan, programs like this offer a simple answer.
As reported in U.S. News & World Report Health, Weight Watchers is considered the best of the weight loss diet plans, with the HMR Diet following in second place. Weight Watchers works for both short-term and long-term weight loss goals, and it allows you to develop healthy eating habits by eating a wide variety of foods. Again, the type of plan you choose depends on how much structure you want when creating your weight loss plan and how much preparation you have to do.
Remember that eating less is more of a factor than the amount of exercise you do. Exercise is still an important factor in your weight loss plan because the right exercises, like weight training, can help you build muscle. Cardio exercises help you burn fat and get leaner faster.
Nutrition expert Fiona Kirk recently told the Daily Mail that the most important factors to consider when developing a diet plan included lifestyle, health, and age.
“A weight loss diet that works for a single woman in her 20s is unlikely to reap the same results when she is in her 40s and struggling through the early stages of menopause … A diet that is going to encourage post pregnancy weight loss is never going to suit a teenager who wants to stay strong and healthy whilst shedding a few pounds and a diet that sees results for regular exercisers who want to shed a bit of fat around the middle is a million air miles away from the weight loss diet that a stressed executive who regularly jets around the globe should consider.”
Kirk referred to women when discussing weight loss diet plans. Gender is also another issue to consider, as men will need to eat more calories even if they are trying to lose weight, because they have more muscle and a pound of muscle burns more calories than a pound of fat.
Are you trying to lose weight right now? What weight loss diet plans have you considered and what plan are you using now?
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