When it comes to diet news, it can be difficult to know where to look for information you can trust. From websites, books and magazines to word of mouth, there are thousands of diets that people are trying in order to lose weight. You can research everything from healthy diets, fad diets, crash diets, and even more drastic measures–such as weight loss surgery and diet pills–online and in bookstores until you are exhausted and hungry!
You can find diet information for every health issue including obesity, diabetes, cancer, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, PCOS, prostate cancer and more. You can even find diet information that promises to enhance your sexual health.
Healthy Diets, Fad Diets and Crash Diets
From the atkins diet, the zone diet, the south beach diet, the raw foods diet, the nutri-systems diet, the weight watchers diet and the jenny craig diet, there seems to be a specific diet for everyone who needs to lose a few pounds or more. What’s next–a live food diet? (It wouldn’t even be too surprising with so many gimmicky diets gaining momentum through the media and the web).
Diet Advice from Your Health Care Provider
Be cautious about starting a new diet without medical advice. Some of today’s popular diets are not healthy or safe. Some diets don’t include enough nutrition. Some diets are okay for short term use, but not for long-term use. Other diets are safe for some people, but not recommended for people who have certain health issues.
A Diet Plan Based on Your Nutritional Needs
To determine which diet plan will work best for you, ask your health care provider or nutritionist which diet will be most effective for you and compatible with any other health issues you may have. Your health care provider can recommend a diet plan and exercise program based on your health history and current condition. With the right diet plan, you can lose weight effectively while maintaining–or even improving–your health while you diet.
Understand Your Diet Plan
After your health care provider recommends a diet plan, be sure to read thoroughly all of the materials your doctor provides. If the diet plan is from a book, be sure to read the book before you start your diet. The diet book will help you to understand how the diet you are starting will help you lose weight. Understanding how diets work can be very motivating as you change your eating habits.
Don’t get discouraged if it takes several weeks for a new diet to work for you. Diets that claim quick weight loss are not usually as effective as they claim. Losing weight quickly is not a healthy way to lose weight—except in extreme cases when obesity is causing a major health risk.
Losing weight can take several weeks or months. Your goal should be to achieve your ideal body weight and maintain it for the rest of your life. Changing your eating and exercise habits for the long term is more important than quick weight loss.