Many people prefer to have a set of rules to follow when dieting. Others may crave the emotional support from attending counseling sessions or meetings. Diet products, books, and services have become a billion-dollar industry, so there are obviously many people looking for help with weight control.
Before you jump on the latest diet bandwagon, remember that organized diet plans and programs can only result in weight loss if you burn more calories than you consume.
No dietary supplements, exercise devices, combinations of foods, or specific patterns of eating will change this fact.
Some examples of popular diet plans include the Atkins diet, The South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Body for Life, Dr. Andrew Weil’s diet plan, and the Ornish diet. All of these diets have their promoters, and all of them have been successful for some people.
Because eating habits and preferences differ widely among individuals,before you decide on a diet plan, ask yourself if the plan sounds realistic to you. If the plan involves exact calculating of portions and calorie counting, are you up to the task? If you’re forbidden to eat certain foods, will you develop cravings for them?
Do you feel that you will feel comfortable sticking to the diet guidelines? Will the diet’s requirements fit easily into your daily schedule? Finally, consider that once you’ve lost the weight, you may regain the weight if you return to your previous eating habits, so any weight-loss plan should be something you can live with for a long time.
For more on comparing diet plans, please read the Comparing Popular Weight Loss Diets article.
Remember that the most successful weight loss comes from dietary changes and healthy food choices that will stay with you over time, not from diets that leave you feeling deprived or result in binge-eating episodes.