Navigation Links
The Best Diet? That Depends on You
Date:5/13/2010

From the multitude of weight-loss plans, pick one tailored to your traits

THURSDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- You know you need to lose weight. And you know you're ready, whcih is more than half the battle. But you still have to pick from a seemingly endless array of weight-loss plans.

How to decide?

Experts who counsel overweight patients say there are two keys:

  • Know yourself. That means being honest about what you will and won't do, long-term.
  • Evaluate and pick the diet that best suits you, watching out for key phrases or promises that are probably too good to be true.

Choosing a weight-loss plan that's going to work "takes some self-reflection," said Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a registered dietitian who directs wellness coaching at the Cleveland Clinic and is a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

"Are you an online type who likes to chat?" she said. "Or do you want a formal meeting?"

Some people find that plans that offer prepared meals help them stick to the plan because it takes the whole portion-control task out of their hands, said Suzanne Farrell, a registered dietitian in Denver who also is an association spokeswoman.

As far as accountability, Jamieson-Petonic said, it's important to figure out if you'll do all right by weighing yourself at home -- and can be honest about it -- or if you would do better by going somewhere where your weight would be charted by someone else.

"Think about and analyze how you currently eat," said Judy Rodriguez, a professor of nutrition at the University of North Florida and author of The Diet Selector, in which she rates diets based on long-term flexibility and other factors.

"We are all unique in our food preferences, values, lifestyle, etc., so it seems like trying to 'fit' yourself into someone else's plan is likely to have only short-term benefits, if any," Rodriguez said.

Once you know what features you need in a weight-loss plan, look closely at the plans that seem to fit. And be sure that ones you are interested in are scientifically sound, Farrell said.

Key factors to look for, she said, include:

  • Does the plan include a variety of foods?
  • Does it include high-fiber foods?
  • Does it educate you on the value of foods that are low in saturated fat?
  • Does it tell you about "good" fats, such as olive oil?

In addition, Farrell said, "look for a plan that emphasizes physical activity and encourages eating regularly throughout the day."

And watch out for claims and promises that sound too good to be true, Farrell added. A common one, she noted, is rapid weight loss. "It should be no greater than two pounds a week," she said.

She's also skeptical of plans that say no exercise is needed. Weight loss means a lifestyle change, she said, and maintaining the loss is best done by keeping an eye on food intake and on staying active.

Another red flag, Farrell said, is a plan that totally eliminates foods or food groups.

But whatever plan you choose, focus on making small changes to your eating and activity habits, Rodriguez said. Look at what you currently eat and then figure out how you could make small healthy changes.

Just substitute low-fat crackers for the doughnut you usually eat, she said.

"Do this for one to two weeks, then go back and make another small change," Farrell said. "Keep doing this. Continuing self-improvement is a great thing."

Then do the same for physical activity, she said. Try tracking the steps you take in a day with a pedometer, and then increase them.

The bottom line? The experts agreed that if your diet plan is suited to you, chances are you'll follow it longer, take the weight off at a slow but steady pace and maintain the loss.

More information

The American Dietetic Association has more on healthy eating.



SOURCES: Suzanne Farrell, R.D., Denver; Judith C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., R.D., professor, nutrition, Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Fla.; Amy Jamieson-Petonic, R.D., director, wellness coaching, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. The importance of attractiveness depends on where you live
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... , ... As a former television executive, owner Tal Rabinowitz knows how stressful ... decompress, Rabinowitz found herself drawn to a casual meditation class while working at NBC ... implementing a 20-minute-per-day meditation practice with her team. After her tenure at NBC, she ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... Leadership Series at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on April 5-7. The series ... behaviors and create new habits. The workshops cover a broad range of topics, ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 12, 2016 , ... Fisher House Foundation Chairman and CEO Kenneth Fisher joined ... Support Alliance president Scott Bensing, and Peggy Kearns Director, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System ... This will be the first Fisher House in Nevada, and will provide free ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... Vail knee specialist ... Physician Leaders to Know in 2016 . The list consists of physicians establishing, leading ... to establish this list. , An Ambulatory Surgery Center, also known as an ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... San Ramon, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... tissue donation in northern California and Nevada, announced a partnership with San Ramon Regional ... be transferred to the hospital’s facilities as a way to accommodate a more certain ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016 ... Diagnostics in Personalized Medicine and Cancer Therapy. - ... High-Growth Diagnostic Testing Markets. - Key Diagnostic Testing ... - Molecular Diagnostics in Genetic Testing. - Molecular ... Markets. - Over-the-Counter Diagnostic Products World Markets. ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Calif., Feb. 11, 2016 PRO-DEX, INC. (NasdaqCM: PDEX) ... ended December 31, 2015. The Company also filed its Quarterly ... year 2016 with the Securities and Exchange Commission today. ... 31, 2015 --> --> ... increased $2.6 million, or 95%, to $5.4 million from $2.8 ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... has committed to provide drug disposal kiosks in ... as part of a program to combat drug ... organization As You Sow. Conrad MacKerron , Senior ... to unneeded drugs because they lack easily accessible collection and ... Conrad MacKerron , Senior Vice President at As You ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: