Choosing the Right Diet

If you are one of those people who tend to quit on their diet way too easily, it could be that there are some things you are just not doing to make it work for you, rather than the way you see it as the diet not being right for you. Most diets have their plus points as well as the minus ones, so what you need to do is figure out if this or that program is predominantly right for you before you get started or even pay your money and sign up for it.

This handy guide will help you to choose a better match of diet for your needs.

Decide What You Want

choosing the right dietFirst of all, you need to decide for yourself what you want a diet to do for you and what you expect out of it. It's no good just choosing a dieting program on the strength of a clever piece of advertising.

Remember, TV and magazine commercials are there for one reason only and that is to sell you stuff. They may not tell you everything you need, although they will tell you what you want to hear!

If you want a diet to contain real food and not processed meals, then choose a plan that does that and not something like Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig, even if they sound great. If you don't like processed food, you will not like their diets!

If you must have a diet meal delivery dieting program but want better meals, then opt for the more expensive Bistro MD or eDiets who ship fresh frozen or chill stored meals that are made from fresh ingredients.

Set a Goal for How Much Weight You Want to Lose

This step is important because it gives you a clear target to aim for. Make sure you set that goal high enough to be meaningful but low enough to be attainable. Its no good expecting to lose a hundred pounds in a month, it just won't happen!

Remember that the experts agree the safest and most natural rate of weight loss is one to two pounds per week. Use that as your guideline to set your goal inside a realistic time frame and you will have a realistic target to shoot for.

Make a Short List of Diets

You need to do a little window shopping first, so make a list of potential diets that you like the look of and then read up on some reviews that you will find online. Don't just read one review per program. Shoot for three or four because many just turn out to be sales pitches designed to make you want them and sign up without telling you the whole story.

You have to find the reviews that actually tell you what the diet is, what it does, what the meals are like, the benefits as well as the downsides. A good, rounded and objective review is preferable, although these are harder to find. But go looking for them anyway because it's worth the extra effort to know all that you need to know about any system you may later consider as a possible choice.

Once you have a list of possibilities, whittle that list down to three or four strong contenders for your money! Then make your final choice by taking the best one that not only looks like it will do all you need it to do, but best fits your needs.

Ask Questions About Your Chosen Diet

As a last thing to do before you sign up with the diet that you have decided is the right one for you, get onto their customer service people and ask some questions to make sure they match what you have read about in the reviews. You can ask things like:

  • What is the diet's success rate?
  • How many people sign up for the diet every month?
  • How much sodium is in the meals?
  • What, if any, preservatives / artificial additives are in the meals?
  • Is there any monosodium glutamate (MSG) in any of the meals?
  • Is there any aspartame (artificial sweetener) in any of the desserts or sweet snacks?
  • What is the ratio of protein, carbohydrates and fat in the meals?
  • Do you need to buy any additional foods to compliment the diet?

Try and think up some pertinent question of your own and don't be afraid to ask and assert yourself by making it quite clear to the support person that your signing up depends on them answering truthfully your questions. Don't give them a hard time or they'll be less helpful, but be affable and polite but firm.

Once you are completely satisfied that this diet is ringing all the right bells for you, then you can happily go and sign up for it. When you are happy that you have done all you could to ensure you are getting the right food choices for your needs, then it's much more likely you will stick with this winning diet and see it through to a happy and successful conclusion.