How many diets can you name? There is an endless list of weight loss programs based on duration, health and nutritional composition. But it is definitely not the same. These diets often take a long time, require lifestyle changes, and can run out of your weekly food budget, so choosing the right diet is not an easy decision and requires time and effort, so make sure the diet you choose is effective. Doing so places yourself on the path to success.
So how do you know if a diet just doesn’t suit you? Before you begin, see if you can answer “yes” to these seven questions:
- Does this diet contain sufficient and balanced calories? This means at least 1,000 calories a day.
- Is there enough protein and not much? At least 0.4 grams per pound of body weight is recommended, but not more than twice that amount.
- Is there enough fat (not much) to feed you? An amount that saves 20 to 35% of your total daily calories.
- Does it contain enough carbohydrates to store protein and your body does not need to burn muscle tissue to get energy and exhaust the liver from storing glycogen? About 100 grams of carbohydrates are needed for a medium-sized person.
- Does it include a balanced and appropriate classification of vitamins and minerals from all food sources in all major food groups?
- Do you serve different foods every day so that you are not bored of this diet and do not stop?
- Does it consist of regular food in stores at a price you can afford?
If your answer to all of the above questions is “yes”, you can start.