As we continue our Project Blissful & MTM Body Dare to Bare 8-Week Weight Loss Challenge, you’re already getting on track with your new plan. Whether you’re just being a little more careful with what you eat or you’re playing the food-tracking game (yourself or via a program), you might still be working out the details of your new program.
I thought a little advice would be useful here for those of you who aren’t quite settled on a day-to-day diet plan–for the next 8 weeks and forever.
So rather than just jumping on board the diet of my choice (or the one your BFF lost all that weight on that one time), it’s important to do your due diligence and decide which one is really right for you.
That’s why I’m asking you to take a look at these things to consider before you take the plunge into your new diet. It could make the difference between one more failed attempt and sweet success.
Above all–remember this.
Regardless of the diet you choose, the only proven way to lose weight and keep it off is by burning more calories than you consume in a single day. It really is that simple. Keep this in mind when evaluating your diet.
Diving into a diet that drastically alters your food intake will cause your weight to roller coaster up and down. This is extremely unhealthy! It can cause stress on your internal organs and upset important processes such as your metabolism and control of insulin.
Sharp changes in diet shock the system, both physically and mentally, and pose a significant challenge in maintaining your weight loss regimen.
Diet in Moderation
- Prominent experts in health and wellness, including most physicians, would agree that the safest and most effective way to lose excess weight is to maintain a balanced diet, exercise on a regular basis and cut calories at a modest pace.
- In order to enable your body to perform at its peak while losing weight, reduce your daily calorie intake by no more than 500 to 1000 calories. This will prevent you from entering a starvation mode that forces your weight to plateau.
- The best strategy is to adjust your food in moderation, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep so that you feel well rested. This way, you’ll shed 1 to 2 pounds per week, which is considered a healthy loss of weight.
- If you wish to become involved in a diet or weight loss program, it’s important to ensure that the program is the right one for you based on your current health needs. When you find one that’s right for you, you’re more likely to enjoy the success you desire.
Here are some critical considerations for any diet:
1. Personal Support. Changing your eating habits when you’re alone makes it extremely easy to backslide and walk away. Find out if the program offers online tracking, support counselors, group accountability, food journals, activity logs, and more to track your progress. With the right tools, you can be your best advocate. (Our DTB Fitness & Weight Loss Challenge is perfect for this, FYI).
- What kind of support system would you like to have?
- Who can help hold you accountable for your goals?
- Is there any kind of group meeting or individual assistance?
2. Personal Goals. Know in advance what your goals are so you can assess the new diet in terms of what you want to accomplish.
- What is the calorie requirement of the diet?
- Is the calorie requirement in line with your physical limits?
- Diets with an intake under 1700 calories should be scrutinized and discussed with a nutritionist at your local healthcare clinic.
3. Supplemental Medications. Educate yourself about any required medications before you take them. Have your family physician look over medications, dietary supplements and weight loss pills before taking them as they could very well cause unfavorable side effects alone or when paired with your existing prescription medications. (We like Bella Vi supplements–but they are definitely not a requirement.)
- Is there a supplement or medication involved?
- What are their common side effects?
- Have you discussed these medications with your physician?
4. Consider the risk factors. This runs parallel to the concern over calorie intake. Any diet that drastically alters or restricts how often or what kind of food you eat should be reviewed by your family physician.
5. Are there any testimonies? Find out if you can contact existing members. Avoid depending on online or paper reviews. Companies sometimes pay ghostwriters and affiliates to generate positive reviews of products they’ve never purchased or used. Feel free to ask in our Project Blissful group too!
6. What’s the overall cost of the service? There are often fees for tests, specialty foods, supplements, personal trainers, membership service, shipping costs, online access, and more.
7. Are the staff and management team qualified? There should never be an issue with obtaining information on the experience and certifications of the individuals who will be working directly with you. These people will be partially responsible for your health and wellness, so know all you can about them.
A new diet can be just the push you need to shed those extra pounds. Take these precautions to heart and follow these strategies to find the perfect diet for you!
What do you look for in a diet plan? Which one are you on? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below.
Angela Atkinson is a Certified Life Coach and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic relationships since 2006, Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed coaching and has certifications in life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. In her life coaching practice, Atkinson’s clients enjoy her personalized approach that allows and encourages them to become the best possible versions of themselves and to succeed in doing what they love most. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online and NarcissismSupportCoach.com.