With all the diets out there, how do you know which one is for you?

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Atkins Diet, Biggest Loser Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, Eat Right for Your Type, Fat Smash Diet, Thin for Life, South Beach Diet, Slim-Fast Diet, Jenny Craig, The Zone, Nutrisystem Diet, Mediterranean Diet, and so many others. With all of these diets out there, how do you know which one will be the best for you? Or how do you even go about choosing the right one for you?

Each diet claims basically the same thing, “a guarantee for weight loss.” Each diet also includes what to eat and why you need to eat it. But more importantly, each diet gives a long list of what not to eat. The author might give a little bit of information about why eating these foods doesn’t follow their guidelines for the diet, but that’s where the education stops. Most of these diets do not teach lifelong lessons. The lessons they do teach usually last for the duration of the diet, so 8 to 12 weeks. And more often than not, the lessons don’t stick around for too long after the diet is over. These lessons or rules are not intended to stay with you forever, which can explain why a good amount of people will put weight back on after the diet ends.

Rather than picking up the latest fad diet book, why not look at your current eating habits? You should take a really good look at what you are eating, how much you are eating, and when you are eating. Make sure you also look at what you are drinking, because there are usually hidden surprises in your drinks. Once you have done this, rather than making major changes that do not fit into your lifestyle, try making smaller changes that you can live with. It is easier to make one or two small changes at a time and make sure you can live with them. For example, if you aren’t drinking enough water in a day, try to add at least one or two more classes of water a day. Or, if you don’t eat breakfast, try to add something small like a small bowl of cereal or even a piece of fruit.

So, if you want to be healthier or lose weight, make changes to your diet or to your exercise program that you can live with for a very long time. Don’t try to make something fit into your lifestyle, because more than likely it won’t work. Everyone is different and different things work for different people.

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