Looking and feeling great is important – we all know that. Just as we know that we should eat a healthy diet and exercise. Sometimes however, it can be difficult to motivate ourselves to start that healthy eating plan, or put our sneakers on and go for that jog around the park. If you find it difficult to follow the healthy eating pattern recommended in the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines For Americans, you’re certainly not alone. In 2017, CBS News reported that bad eating habits were responsible for nearly half of US deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
There are some great things you can do to kick-start a healthier eating regime. For example, swapping super-indulgent snacks for something healthy yet still delicious can help. If you are really serious about eating healthily though, it may be worthwhile taking time to think hard about what plan is right for you.
What Kind of Eating Plans Are Out There?
There are countless healthy eating regimes for losing weight, maintaining a healthy weight or, generally, looking and feeling better. For example, the Zone diet, created by Dr. Sears is a hormonal balancing and anti-inflammatory diet which may enhance health and improve energy levels and mental clarity. There are also advocates of low-carb diets, intermittent fasting and traditional calorie control eating plans. It’s important for your motivation to choose one that will work for you.
What Will Work Best for Me?
Start your new health regime by sitting down for ten minutes. Use this time to think about your motivation. Why do you want to start eating healthily? Do you want to lose weight or do you have other, more specific, health concerns such as high cholesterol. Also, consider your current eating habits. If you’ve tried and failed to lose weight before, try to determine the reason. Do you eat for comfort when things aren’t going so great? Take some time to look at different eating plans to see which one you could get most out of.
Also think about the kind of plan that would be the easiest for you to maintain.
Here are a few questions to consider to help you out:
Would you prefer portion control?
Could you cope with an intermittent fasting regime?
Do you want to take a “go it alone” approach, or would the support of a group help?
If you’d like support, have a look at groups that meet in your local area. Members can encourage each other when things get tough.
Despite our best intentions, it can be difficult to stay motivated to maintain a healthy diet. If you think seriously about your motivation and eating habits and choose a plan that fits you best, there’s a much better chance that you’ll succeed in reaching any weight loss or health goals.