Over the years, millions of pounds profit have been made by companies peddling supposed revolutionary diet plans that can help you lose more weight than you ever imagined.
Favourite examples include the Maple Syrup diet (a delicious mix of water, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and lemon juice!?) and the Chicken Soup diet (eat as much chicken soup as you want throughout the day). Do these diets work? In the short term, yes.
Typically, because of extreme calorie restriction and a lack of solid foods in the body, you will lose weight. If you are carrying a few extra pounds that have been difficult to shed, can you be blamed for testing out these plans? No. Deep down, we all love the prospect of a quick fix, but unfortunately the probability of these fad diets permanently keeping those love handles at bay, are minute at best.
The fundamental flaw in these diet plans, is that they are completely unsustainable. Who can realistically live off chicken soup for the rest of their life? Admittedly, you would become a connoisseur of the meaty broth, and a lucrative career as a professional taster may even await, but apart from lacking some vital nutrition provided by other foods, the toilet situation would be a nightmare! A proper diet plan is one that is healthy, serves your individual needs, and one that can be maintained over a prolonged period of time.
Below are some hints and tips on how to make the best plan for you:
- Identify Your Goals
- Be Realistic With Your Intake
- Tailor Meals Around Your Schedule
- Eat Foods With A High Satiety Value
- Allow Yourself A Cheat Day
- Work With A Fitness Trainer
- Identify Your Goals
The majority of people make a diet plan in order to change their physical appearance in one form or another. What exactly is it you want to do? Lose fat? Add muscle? The first step is to work out what your main aims are. People with specific goals tend to achieve much better results than those with a general plan of ‘getting in better shape’ or ‘get healthy.
Be Realistic With Your Intake
A common mistake made by many changing their diet is to metaphorically dive into the deep end when they can only swim with armbands. Enthusiasm and ambition are applauded, but that word sustainability crops up again, especially when referring to calorie intake. If you are a 16 stone lady who has been consuming 3000 calories of empty carb foods daily, dropping to a nutritious 1200 calorie diet is going to be a shock and will leave you with hunger pangs. Those who resent the changes they make are less likely to incorporate them as a long term lifestyle choice. Rome wasn’t built in a day in the same way that several pounds of fat isn’t incinerated lost in the same time, so take a realistic approach.
Tailor Meals Around Your Schedule
Everyone has their own schedule and as such it is impossible to prescribe a diet plan that can fit for everyone. Those whose bodies are labouring on a building site for eight hours a day, demand a consistent flow of high energy foods to help sustain their exertions. Conversely, those sitting in an office for eight hours a day, do not need high energy foods throughout the day to operate efficiently. Get knowledgeable about different foods and their impact upon your body and combine this information with your schedule to develop a meal plan which serves your needs most effectively. High carbohydrate meals prior to and post resistance workouts etc. or a low carbohydrate dish in the evening if you are just sitting in and watching TV, are just two examples of tailoring intake to your requirements.
Eat Foods With A High Satiety Value
Foods with a high satiety value leave you fuller for longer and eliminate or at the very least reduce cravings for unhealthy snacks. Dishes high in protein will leave you content, as will certain nibbles that contain good fats, such as walnuts.
Allow Yourself A Day Off
If you are strictly adhering to a diet plan, a cheat day can provide welcome psychological relief. One day a week, eat whatever you like. Apart from giving you a break from a diet, a cheat day of gorging on your favourite naughty goodies, can actually have a beneficial effect on the body. Honest!
Work With A Personal Trainer
Devising a diet plan can be a fantastic way to kick start a lifestyle change. Combining a diet plan with a fitness program can have an extremely positive impact on both your mind and body. Despite the best intentions, it can be difficult to get the ball rolling and this is where a Personal Trainer can be an enormous help.