Things you should consider before starting a diet

                                What made us, won’t break us. If as a baby, we turned over, crawled, walked and explored our homes, ran after cats, tried to climb on tables, fell off our cribs – and- survived, then we sure can manage to lose the next 15 pounds! It takes will power! Reasons for losing weight can be very private or personal. It can be just wanting to fit into a lehenga for a wedding next month or wanting to change our routines for more long term success – you have to be aware of two important things. If you stick to it, you can accomplish what you set out for. Here are three things you should consider before starting a diet:

                                Firstly, is the diet balanced? Diets that encourage cutting out or severely restricting entire food groups (e.g. carbohydrates) are likely to be unbalanced and difficult to maintain. Any diet that promotes eating mainly one type of food (such as the cabbage soup diet) can lead to several deficiencies. Also, the meals should be spread over three courses – breakfast, lunch and dinner. The snacks also should be included. By the end of your daily diet plan, you should have covered up every nutrient. It should be a good combo of the following food groups such as grains, vegetables, fruits, proteins and dairy products. This is because balance promotes health, consistency and prevention from several chronic diseases. 

                                Secondly, is it sustainable? Can you stick to it for a long period of time. What happens when the diet plan ends? If it isn’t something that you can fit into your life permanently, you're likely to revert back to your old eating habits and weight. Can you make the plan fit around your schedule? If you eat out or travel a lot for work, try to plan in advance how you could work around these. If a plan is too rigid and prescriptive you'll have a hard time following it in the long-term! Also, eat mindfully. Focusing on what you’re eating allows you to evaluate your food, its nutrient contents and you can also re-size your meals to be full until your next meal.

                                Thirdly, is your diet realistic? Diets which ensure dramatic weight loss are unlikely to deliver the quick-fix results you’re after, and even if they do, they may not be desirable.  It's also important to aim for a suitable weight - even if you lose the weight slowly and sensibly, you don't want to risk losing too much and becoming underweight. You have to set small targets – such as two pounds per week. Thus you can pace yourself towards your ideal weight ina relaxed manner. Also, start to adopt more healthful behaviors such as tasting every bite, eliminating interruptions to your meals, and filling your spare time with activities other than eating.

                                Thus, if you want it, you have to be patient. Losing weight is attainable, however, tests your will power.  It takes time to lose weight, meanwhile how do you keep yourself motivated?  One way is to actually realise more reasons to be healthy. Remind yourself the benefits of losing weight – having more energy, feeling good about yourself, getting more sleep, just to name a few.