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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.<
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