Four Tips to Decide Which Food Plan is Right for You
You’ve set a goal to lose weight and keep it off. You know you need to find a food plan that will do both. When we talk about lifestyle change for long-term weight maintenance, the foundation has to be a livable food plan that you can stick to for life.
So, how do you make that important choice?
First off, think about your lifestyle and how the food plan will fit within it. Are you a “grab and go” type of individual? If so, a plan with nutritious prepared foods may be your best option. If you have to measure, prepare and blend exotic concoctions three times a day, and keep them refrigerated, that just may not be workable for a busy person. Or do you like to cook and enjoy meals leisurely with family? In that case, a food plan with recipes that the whole family can enjoy will make your life and your weight loss journey easier and more fun.
Second, is there variety? Most people can only stay on a regime with a few food choices for a short period of time. That’s one of the reasons why fad diets or diets that consist primarily of a “magic food” that supposedly melts the fat off, don’t work and don’t produce lasting weight loss. Consistency and persistence are the hallmarks of long term successful weight loss. A food plan with a broad range of choices is one you can stick to.
Third, make sure that there is a phased-in plan to transition you back to a livable, maintenance program once you lose your weight – one that again takes into account your lifestyle, your nutritional needs, and the kind of foods you like to eat.
And finally, remember, the best food plan will only work if you follow it!