Does it feel like there’s always someone you know who is starting a new diet with promises of weight loss and happiness?
There’s good reason for that. The weight loss industry raked in over $72 billion in 2018.
If you’re considering starting counting calories or following a strict meal plan, here are five questions you should ask yourself first.
1. Is it sustainable and realistic?
This is a big one. What will this diet look like in the long-term for you? What will you do after the “diet” is over? If you don’t see yourself sticking to this diet for the rest of your life, it may not be the diet for you.
The reason being that once the 21 days, 30 days or even 80 days of the diet are over, you’re likely to return to previous eating patterns. You might want to eat all the foods you restricted and missed out on during the diet and end up bingeing.
A diet with a strict meal plan also doesn’t teach you how to choose foods on your own or in different social situations. Everything you eat is dictated by the diet plan.
A realistic diet is one that teaches you sustainable lifestyle changes and you could see yourself following the rest of your life. The best eating pattern for you is one that incorporates your favorite foods and shows you how to follow a balanced eating pattern within your overall lifestyle.