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4 Things You Must Look For in a Fast Weight Loss Program

By Rob Poulos...

Need a diet plan?  You’re not alone; according to statistics, more than 50 percent of Americans diet each year, with an even higher fail rate.  Why?  The reasons are complex, but researchers have it narrowed down to two factors: a too-complicated diet plan and diet restrictions not even Ghandi could follow.  If you’re struggling to find the right diet plan for you, then all hope is not lost–here are some ways to find your dream diet and get slim.

What to Look for in a Fast Weight Loss Program

If you’re looking for a fast weight loss program that will fit your lifestyle, listen up: These tips are the key to your perfect diet!  To get thin, follow these guidelines:

1. Watch out for very low calorie diets.  Very low calorie diets, or VLCDs, are diets typically given to the morbidly obese under strict medical supervision–and that’s a sign you shouldn’t do it.  But how low is too low?  According to nutritionists, anything below 1,200 for women (1,600 calories for men) is the lowest limit you should follow; any lower than this and you may be starving your body of essential nutrients and vitamins that your body needs to stay healthy.  If a diet plan recommends you eat fewer than 1,200 calories per day, drop the plan–it’s not healthy.

2. Watch out for ridiculous claims.  While we all would love to love 20 pounds in a week, this is physically impossible–the maximum amount any healthy adult can lose in a week is 2 pounds of fat.  Furthermore, any diet plan that claims it can zap away fat in an unrealistic amount of time is probably fibbing on the truth, so beware.  Your best bet: Stay away from diets that make ridiculous claims, as they’re probably fad diets in disguise that don’t work as promised.

3. Look for balance.  A healthy, fast weight loss program should contain a balance of micronutrients and macronutrients, as well as an appropriate (but small) amount of calories.  For instance, eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and protein is a balanced approach; eating a diet where you only eat meat and cheese is not.  These types of diets are not only unhealthy, they’re hard to follow–it’s natural for humans to want to eat a variety of foods, not just a couple of foods.

4. It should include some form of physical activity.  Any diet that says you don’t need to exercise, or even discourages it, isn’t a healthy diet: Overwhelming research indicates that physical activity is key to a healthy (and slim) body.  Some forms of exercise, such as weightlifting, can also prevent you from losing too much muscle mass, keeping your metabolism high.  Recommendation: Always choose a weight loss program that recommends physical activity.  Exercises that promote strength training are the best for conserving muscle and your metabolism.

But this isn’t all you should watch for when choosing the right program–finding a program that best fits your lifestyle also counts.  After all, the best diet is the diet you can stick to, not necessarily the diet that helps shed the most fat.  Choose what fits you the best.

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