Diets to Lose Weight
Your nutrition plan is the foundation of your weight loss program. It will provide you with the majority of your results, so it is important to find a diet that works. Even more important is to find a diet that fits your lifestyle.

Even the most effective diet won’t do you any good if you can’t follow it for a period of time. The most effective diet is the one that you will follow.

Diet or lifestyle change?

Your goal is not just to lose weight, but to lose weight and not gain it back. However, these two things often require different plans.

In order to lose weight you will have to follow a slightly more intense plan than you do to maintain your weight. This means watching what you eat and following an exercise program. This is what most of us refer to as a diet to lose weight.

However, once you have achieved the weight loss you want, you can switch to a more moderate diet and exercise plan. A moderate plan will be sufficient to help keep you from gaining weight. This should be a plan that is very easy to follow so that you can stick to it for the rest of your life.

If you find yourself gaining weight it may be necessary to go on a diet again until you are at your ideal weight. At this point you can transition to your maintenance plan again.

Fad diets

There many good diets out there that work for losing weight, but some of the most popular diets are also the worst. These diets are typically very restrictive, often only allowing you to eat 1 or 2 different foods. Examples of this are the grapefruit diet and cabbage soup diet.

There is nothing magical about the foods in these diets. The results come from the fact that you are basically starving yourself. While this will cause you to lose weight over the short term, you will only be able to stay on this diet for a few weeks at most.

Once you go off the diet most people will gain back the weight, and often gain even more than they lost. This cycle of starving yourself and then gaining back the weight is not only ineffective, it is also very unhealthy!

Stay away from these fad diets at all costs. If you know someone who says it will work, don’t trust them!

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