If you are anything like the other 56 million Americans who will go on a diet this year, you are most likely searching for the best diet for you.
And unfortunately, the odds are against dieters. It is well known that as high as 95% of diets fail!
The author of Forget Weight Loss Fads Your Diet Won’t Work Anyway shared that by the time a woman is 56, she will have tried 61 diets! And, the average woman spends 31 years of her life dieting. With these stats in mind, it is even more important to choose the best diet for you!
Tips For Choosing The Best Diet For You
Cut through the advertising, promotions, and glammed up pictures
We all get sucked into those amazing before and after weight loss photos! Isn’t it crazy how the unhappy girl loses ten pounds and then looks 20 years younger and ecstatic with absolutely no saggy skin? Stop, breathe, don’t make an emotional purchase and take a moment to research the diet first.
Keep your special dietary restrictions in mind
I guess its time for a quick weight loss confession…. A few years ago, I worked with a woman who was a few years older than me who was svelte, looked amazingly young and had boundless energy. She was a walking Keto billboard. I decided I had to have some of what she was having and ordered five hundred dollars worth of Keto food from a mail service. Two days later, I was literally doubled over in pain. I am extremely dairy intolerant – ugh. Keto is not my diet. Don’t be a “Tanya”. Be mindful of your dietary restrictions when choosing the best diet for you.
Make sure your diet includes foods that make you feel good
Most of us have come to realize things about ourselves and the foods that make us feel good. Some of us feel best when we eat a certain amount of protein every day. I recently did a 100-day round of the Whole30 and learned that I am at my best when I eat a little healthy fat at each meal. Make sure whatever foods make you feel great are incorporated in your new diet.
Does it match my skills and abilities in the kitchen
So many diets expect you to become indentured servants in the kitchen. This can take a huge toll on the perspective dieter especially if they are trying to work and live life. There are a lot of amazing meal services out there that can help but be mindful of what you are getting yourself into.
Learn from your diet mistakes
Before signing up for another diet, take some time to reflect on what went wrong during your past diets. Also, think about what went well and what you liked the most about the other diets. This should give you some meaningful clues to help you determine the best diet for you.
And you can’t forget about your budget
Dieting can be expensive especially if you are trying new recipes, eating organic, or possibly making a completely different meal for the rest of your family. Get a firm grasp of what it will cost to stock yourself with the foods you need to be a successful dieter.