Planning the Right Diet – The Dos and Don’ts

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Planning the Right Diet – The Dos and Don’ts
With almost half of the American population being overweight, everybody is looking for a successful way to slim down. Any healthy, successful weight loss strategy needs to include a successful diet plan. Diets have a bad reputation for being unhealthy and simply unsuccessful. The reasoning behind this is that most people don’t properly plan the right diet for them. There are a few simple steps to follow that will help ensure that your diet plan will not only be effective, but that it will be something you can stick to long after the weight comes off.

Choose the Right Diet
While there are hundreds of fad diets on the market, they aren’t all effective. It’s important to make sure that the food in the diet is something that you will eat. It’s easy to say that you will live on nothing but lettuce and spinach for a month, but when it comes down to it, there’s no way you’re going to stick to that. Try consulting your doctor. Not only will he be able to tell you what diets to stay away from, he will probably recommend a diet that’s just right for your specific needs.

Pick a Partner
Get your husband, wife, sister, brother, roommate, or that creepy guy at the coffee shop to diet with you. No matter who it is, they will provide moral support and a sense of competition. Not many people can back down from competition. Are you going to let them lose more weight than you? I didn’t think so.

Start Slowly
Shocking your system is no way to stick to a diet. If you’ve been cramming food in your face for years, how do you think you’ll react when it just stops? Try changing little things over time. Switch from whole milk to 1 percent. Have a salad for lunch once a week. Replace your butter with a low-fat version and your white bread with wheat. Next week, add another change or two. Before you know it, you’ll be eating healthy and loving it.

Nothing is Off-Limits
When we tell ourselves we can’t have something, it makes us want it more. The same goes for banned food groups. When you slip up and give into temptation, you feel like you’ve ruined your diet completely. Start by reducing the portion sizes and frequency of the bad foods you crave. Over time you will find that you don’t think about them that often and you will simply consider them little indulgences.

Smaller Portions
You don’t have to swear off restaurants forever. That simply isn’t realistic. This applies to your favorite fatty dishes too. Don’t prohibit yourself from eating it altogether, simply cut the portion size down. Portion sizes have ballooned over the years. You can get everything you need from half of an entrée at any restaurant. Try sharing it with someone.

Stop disappointing yourself and taking your body on these crazy diet roller coasters. With a little discipline and planning, you can get yourself on a simple, successful diet that will quickly become more of a habit than a punishment. Not only will this enable you to lose weight, but it will also help ensure that you keep it off when you continue the healthy habits that are now simply your lifestyle.

Dominic Garder likes to lead a healthy lifestyle. He is a contributing writer at
This information was provided to me from These diet tips are ones I’ve followed throughout my journey this past 18 months and have helped.