3 Things to Consider When Selecting an Eating Plan

I’ve come to believe that there is no one eating plan that is the best for everyone all of the time.

I do think that there are several eating plans out there that, if followed correctly and if coupled with the correct types of exercise, will lead to weight loss. So rather than tell you what eating plan you should be following, I’d like to give you 3 factors to consider when you are evaluating an eating plan.

  • Does it Contain Sound Nutrition Principals – in other words, is it a gimmicky plan or fad diet where you eat nothing but bananas for two days, then cabbage soup for three days, or some other such nonsense.
  • Is There Real Proof that it Works – you want an eating plan that real people have used successfully. If you’re looking at a full page ad in the back of a tabloid that promises 30 pounds gone in 30 days and has testimonials from names like Bob S or Nancy B (no last names, only initials), be careful! And remember that pictures don’t necessarily prove anything. A big diet company got in trouble when a fitness model they hired for before and after pictures got caught putting weight on FOR HER BEFORE PICTURE!
  • Does it Fit Your Personal Beliefs and Needs – This is vital! If you absolutely cannot stand to eat a lot of meat, than choosing Atkins would not do you any good. If you can’t stand to be hungry, than it would be a mistake to choose a plan that limits you to 3 small meals and no snacks over the course of a day. Choose wisely!

There are several good plans out there that will help you, but the key is to choose the one that works best for you. Following these 3 factors will help you get pointed in the right direction.


8 Responses to “3 Things to Consider When Selecting an Eating Plan”

  1. waistloss Says:

    I’m cutting back on my carbs and trying to eat 5 times a day.

  2. Kery Says:

    Those are very good suggestions, especially #1 and #3, I think. It’s already hard enough to find the inner strength and committment to completely overhaul a bad lifestyle for a good one, so if on top of it we have to cope with plans that don’t really fit us, it makes it even harder. Perhaps it is even a harbinger of failure.

  3. Graham Foster Says:

    I think this is great post and it really hits the ail on the head.

    1. I have this theory it seems the only way to sell a diet program is to make it so wacky everyone gives it a try … I once brought a book called the fast fod diet (oh brother a diet of burgers and fries like that is going to work!)

    2. I personally think an diet plan should be prepared to offer a thirty day money back guarantee like do with my plans for example my lose10poundsin2weeks plan as might have guessed t the domain of the same name has a 90 day trail period. Based on the incredibly low return rate it must work!

    3. I think this is your best point as if a diet involves a radical change of thinking such if you are a vegatarian eating meat iti s doomed from day one. I think this is probably the reason most people fail wih a diet the change is so radical you feel like you can’t enjoy life any more and just obsess with what your eating. I am not a fan of any diet that involves weighing food and calculating number of points or calories (it makes you focus on bad stuff which makes the diet an even bigger deal)

    Graham Foster

  4. loseweightwithme Says:

    WAISTLOSS — those 2 changes alone will take you a long way towards your goals!

    KERY — I agree with your points. I tend to think that #3 is the most important.

    GRAHAM — I think you hit a major point when you say “the reason most people fail wih a diet the change is so radical you feel like you can’t enjoy life any more”.

    Thanks to all for stopping by and commenting.



  5. thedietpulpit Says:

    Awesome information (as always) and a good outline for how to chose an eating plan that is healthy and reliable. I like number 3 the best too — our message on The Diet Pulpit is the ONE diet that is right for YOU – which is basically making the same point. Everyone is different – chosing an eating plan that is right for you, or putting together your own, or taking bits and pieces from healthy plans to form a new combo — whatever you choose – if it’s working and you’re happy – stick with it – and you’ll get healthy and loose weight. Health and Happiness, Lady Rose

  6. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hi, Lady Rose — thanks for stopping by and commenting!



  7. Fitness Fanatics Says:

    This is where I struggle the most – nutrition- its not that I eat bad, I just want to eat anything! I try planning and eating a variety, but sometimes I just get bored! I think once you get to that lower BF it gets harder to lose more also..at least thats where I am at now.


  8. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hi, Angie — thanks for stoppin by and leaving a comment!



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