Is Your Weight Loss Diet Sustainable?

Popular diet plans for vibrant health   Okay, you’ve made the decision to lose some weight, maybe a little, maybe a lot.  If you’re typical, you’ve dieted before.  At any given time, nearly 50% of American women and 25% of American men are on a diet.

A survey of 4,000 women by the Society for Women’s Health Research found that, on average, women go on two diets a year with each diet lasting about five weeks.  This means that by the time she’s 70 years old, the typical woman has been on 104 diets and spent a total of 10 years counting calories.  41% of the women surveyed said they felt they were constantly on a diet.

One-fourth of the women in the survey admitted that despite their efforts to lose weight, they didn’t lose anything at all.  The average woman has failed at 10 diets in her lifetime.

There are so many different diets out there that it’s difficult to determine which one is the best for you.

Advertisements on television feature claims to melt the fat off and show before and after pictures of men and women who have been successful.  They all look miserable and desperate in their “before” picture and bubbly and cheerful in their “after” picture.

We all have our own reasons for dieting.  Sometimes it’s to look good or to comfortably fit into our clothes.  Other times it is for health reasons or to have a better self-image.  Whatever the reason, it is important to pick a diet that is both healthy and sustainable.

Regarding sustainability, diets based upon deprivation or “crash” diets may be successful in losing pounds initially but do nothing to achieve a healthy body composition, reduce fat, or establish healthy lifestyle choices and have little chance for sustainability over the long term.  In addition, diets based primarily on deprivation are not healthy.  After all, how long can someone “starve” themselves?

body-compositionscaled   A healthy diet promotes healthy weight loss, for a healthier, leaner body.  It should reduce feelings of hunger and increase satiety and should provide the nourishment your body needs.

If fitness is our goal it’s better to lose inches and retain muscle by “losing the fat”.  A tape measure used around the waist, thighs, and upper arms may be a better and more accurate indication of healthy weight loss and fitness than the bathroom scale.  The fallacy of using weight loss as the major indicator of progress on a diet is indicated by the image shown of two men, identical in height and weight with the same BMI (Body Mass Index).  According to the BMI, both are obese.  Note their body composition however, one with 5% fat and the other with 30% fat.  Remember also that muscle weighs more than fat.

What are some other factors you may wish to consider when choosing a weight/fat loss plan or product?  Is it:  suitable for vegans/vegetarians; low glycemic; gluten free; free from soy; free from dairy or dairy-derived ingredients; free from MSG; free from artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners?  Does it provide the protein and nourishment your body needs?

If it’s time for a diet (or another diet), this product has all of the favorable characteristics needed for a healthy and sustainable fat loss diet.

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