Diet plans, books and programs – Do they really work? (TIPS and LINKS)

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For those of you who have no clue about diets and who are simply confused whether to try dieting on your own or choosing a diet plan – THIS ARTICLE IS FOR YOU! I have been through this and I am more than willing to share my opinion on this topic with you.

So, in essence what are these diet plans and programs about? Most of them give you a weekly food planning with a menu attached, which you are supposed to follow it a strict manner in order to see the results. Many of you think that sticking to them will get you there where you want to be – slim and sexy, all healthy and fruity… Well here is what I would recommend you: DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME ON THEM!

You’re probably eager to know why I think so. Let’s start with the beginning, so we’ll first look at the diet books.

Can you give me a typical heading for a diet book? Does it usually sound like: “EXTREME MAKEOVER JUST IN 40 DAYS” or “LOSE 10KG (24Ibs) IN JUST 3 WEEKS”…Sounds familiar to you, right? Now tell me how can someone develop solid healthy food habits in 40 days or 3 weeks or 1 month? How is that possible? You’re puzzled, right?

Now here is another thing: How can losing this huge amount of weight even be healthy in this short period of time? Whenever you look at a heading like that, doesn’t it make you think that it is FIRST: Unrealistic, SECOND: Unhealthy!?

It becomes obvious that the publisher of the book is willing to generate as many sales as possible, and the last thing he worries about is your health and if it is actually working for you. These catchy and attractive titles are nothing more than just a commercial tool – something to grab your attention and make you pay for it. Just imagine a book title that would sound like this: “LOSE 10KG (24Ibs) IN JUST ONE YEAR” or “CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND LOOK IN THE LONG RUN” – yes, doesn’t sound very attractive, I know. Do me a favor, don’t buy these books and don’t be fooled by them.

Most of them offer difficult food plans which are not going to work for you in the long run. You are not going to stick to a 40 day food plan for the rest of your life, and you’re definitely not going to follow it completely – so what’s the purpose of it? NONE. Moreover, I can assure you that even if you try to stick to that weekly food planning and lose those 10kg (24 Ibs) in 3 weeks, you’re probably going to get right back to your old food habits which is going to make you gain your weight back.

Now if that is clear, let’s move on to the diet plans and programs which you can easily access online. My opinion about them is nearly the same as about the diet books. Here are the reasons why:

1. Many of them concentrate on certain types of foods only and as I already mentioned – the main  principle of eating healthy is eating DIFFERENT kinds of foods.

2. Most of them give you a daily menu of what you have to cook and eat – AND THIS IS WHERE THE MOST INTERESTING PART KICKS IN. Here, let me break it down for you. Let’s see a typical daily menu of a typical weight loss program:

Ok, DAY 1:

Breakfast: Dried fruit compote with Tea and Lemon, Whole-wheat toast with apricot jam and skinny milk;

Lunch: Zucchini soup or green Gazpacho, one peach and one whole-wheat toast;

Dinner: Tilapia with summer vegetables or Grilled Sirloin with a peppercorn crust, steamed broccoli with brown rice and strawberry yoghurt;

Now I’m wondering: Is the author of this diet plan freakin’ serious? Does he expect me to go to the supermarket every single day to buy tilapia, sirloin and dried fruit compote (OH, and where am I supposed to get my summer veggies in January BTW?)? Or does he expect me to spend 2 hours in the kitchen before each meal cooking my Gazpacho or coating my Sirloin? – I have a life!

Luckily I have Chefs education which at least gives me an idea of how to prepare these dishes. But what about the rest of you? Are you going to run to the butcher to buy fresh filet mignon or codfish in order to prepare your lunch? I don’t think so. The author of this amazing diet plan has only revealed the first 2 days of his food program – to get the rest you need to pay $9.99 (OH NO, THANK YOU!).

Now you know why I don’t like these food programs. They only make you think about food 10 times more than you actually have to. You have to check these super complicated food plans, plan your groceries at the supermarket and allocate a big part of your monthly budget for buying fresh Tilapia and organic octopus! Oh yea and don’t forget to buy another fridge cause you may require some extra storage space with your new diet…

I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN DO THIS ALL ON YOUR OWN! Don’t know what to eat for dinner? Just chop some veggies, mix them with some plain yogurt and you’re good to go! I’m gonna post a few very easy recipes that might be helpful, but you should remember for yourself : YOU should change your eating habits and nobody can do it for you. Don’t set yourself into the limits of a diet plan or book – explore your own capabilities! Try to mix healthy foods together and see what you get – you are absolutely CAPABLE of that!

You know your daily calorie intake in order to lose weight! If you still don’t know, click here: https://galinabella.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/first-steps-into-a-healthy-diet/

All you need to do is download a mobile app (there are millions of them) that shows you how many calories, carbohydrates and fats does every type of food have. Such apps are for free and very easy to use. Try “CalorieCounter” for instance.

If you’re not into mobile technologies, just find a good website that will show you how many cals does each type of food have. This is a really good one: http://caloriecount.about.com

And now you’re free to explore! Don’t complicate yourself, since being on a diet is complicated enough! You already know which foods you have to exclude, and I am going to mention more as we go. Give yourself some freedom of choice, calculate wisely and enjoy life – a diet is not a torture – it is a way to make you more responsible for what you eat and how you eat – and a diet plan is not gonna teach you that!

If you’re still not convinced, I recommend sticking to a diet program that is more general in terms of foods. Chose a program that doesn’t give you a strict menu but only the common foods you have to avoid and some common rules you have to follow.

Allright guys – YOU CAN DO IT! STAY CALM AND KEEP READING!

And PLEASE, if you have any comments/remarks/questions DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK! I want to know your opinion 😉

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