What Is The Best Diet Plan For Weight Loss?
Many agree. Diet is vital to healthy living, especially for seniors. Because of other health challenges, older citizens should not complicate their health with excess body weight.
A healthy lifestyle for seniors begins with a diet plan.
Diet has a couple of meanings. The larger idea is simply, what one eats. Diet means the foods we consume.
The second understanding of the word applies to controlling the diet. It means, for most, weight control. It means attempting to lose weight, or at least maintain a certain weight. Those people are said to be ‘on a diet’.
While there are two understandings of the word diet, they are nearly inseparable. When we talk about dieting for weight control, we must address diet, what we eat.
All this is said to point out the ever increasing need to diet. And to maintain a healthy diet.
How Big Is The Need To Diet?
The need for weight loss is not a worldwide issue. Many, in western cultures, simply eat too much and exercise too little. The health consequences of being overweight are overwhelming.
If you were to walk into a Walmart in the United States, and have a look through their modest book section, the following titles would probably be there.
- Diets, Stop and Drop
- The 4×4 Diet, 4 Key Foods, 4 Minute workouts
- The Doctor’s Diet Cookbook
- The Vegan
- The Belly Burner Plan
- Fat Dad, Fat Kid
- The Shed Power Cleanse
- The Prime
Go down a few aisles in the store and find the packaged plans for both Nutrisystem (reviewed here at HealthyLivingAfter60.com) and Jenny Craig.
On the same shelf are the dry powder drinks for SlimFast and otheres. Don’t miss the Atkin’s Diet bars and supplies. Weight Watchers is there as well. All the stuff is on display, right there near the pharmacy at Walmart.
What Does All This Mean?
A whole lot of people are overweight. If it were not so, we wouldn’t see so many people making huge sums of money offering a solution.
But the solution is not that complicated. The solution is simply a balance between intake of calories and the calories burned by physical exercise. That is exactly what all the books and programs are telling us.
The messages are packaged differently, but the message is the same. Eat less, workout more. Some say eat less of this and that, exercise more like this or that. But the message is still, eat less, exercise more.
Some plans package the food and send it ready to eat. Some plans help with accountability of regular weigh-ins. Some plans try to convince the consumer to change consumption habits, while others encourage radical change.
The vegan and vegetarian diets are good example of making big changes.
The Atkins Diet is no different. But it’s focus is on eliminating high carbohydrate foods like breads and pasta. The Atkins diet trade off, allows the dieter to eat all the protein and fat they chose. Eat all the beef and chicken you want.
To help the customer accomplish the recommended eating habits, Atkin’s offers to sell the consumer ‘good’ foods. Products like bars that replace breads and bakery items. An alternative to snacking on chips and other foods.
Try Food Lovers program is popular. The plan has a well produced infomercial currently running on television. The plan helps control intake with small meals, as many as six, spread out over the entire day.
With a schedule of what to eat and when to eat it, the consumer not only eats well, but eats right. The program, offered at their website as well as at Amazon.com, includes recipes and other information along with educational material to make the program easy to manage. Like most plans, it has a money back guarantee.
A Metabolic cooking plan is also available. The emphasis is helping to prepare the proper foods in the proper portions. It includes all the information needed to select the right foods and how to prepare them.
The plan helps the consumer in preparation of simple healthy fat burning foods. They claim the recipes are designed for fat burn. Their tagline states, “You’re not failing at your diet, your diet is failing you.”
What’s best may be the wrong question. The question to ask is, which of these healthy diet food plans works for me?
The word work doesn’t refer to losing weight. It refers to which plan works with your lifestyle.
The most difficult lifestyle to change is the one that has you eating out for most meals. This person eats in restaurants and diners. Some eat fast food regularly. If this is you, the most important advice is to order small portions. Eat green salads with modest amounts of dressing.
Avoid the fatty fried foods of the fast food industry. When those meals are a part of the daily routine, use restraint in portion size. Resist the temptation of all-you-can-eat buffets.
Usually the buffet is visited because there is no portion control. That is a non-starter for those wishing to lose weight. Opt for water, tea or coffee as a beverage. Restrict adult beverages to one. They are full of sugar and the exercise to burn it, is normally not part of the routine.
Those that eat most meals at home and enjoy the task of food preparation, then the Metabolic meal plan may be helpful. The recipes and suggestions for healthy eating still allow for the personal touch of cooking.
If you are one who doesn’t like preparing meals, then all the cook books in the world wouldn’t help with weight loss. You eat out a lot, not because you like it, but that you like cooking even less.
Such a person may be right for a plan like Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig. The portions come to you ready to eat. Heating or microwaving the food may be all that is needed. It probably doesn’t have the title of ‘fine dining’ but it is far superior to fast food.
What Is The Food Like?
From my exposure with the food, I think most will enjoy it. Want to ‘test drive’ Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig? Stop into any Walmart super center and buy a single box. Nutrisystem has five full days of eating for around $45.
If that sounds a little pricey, add up what it cost to eat a meal at a mainstream fast food restaurant. A meal with the beverage is now approaching $9. Doing the math on a Nutrisystem, 5 day plan equals the same $9 The boxed meal plan has all the meals are for the entire day. Unlike the fast food scenario cited which is just one visit, one meal.
Eating healthy with the proper diet is vital to healthy living. Find and use a diet plan that works for you. As you adjust to your new eating plan, don’t forget the second half of healthy living.
Be sure that you are engaged in a healthy exercise program. Walking or swimming have been suggested here on this site.
Whatever your eating habits, find a diet plan that will help you maintain a healthy body weight or aid you in losing weight if that is your need. Healthy living after 60 includes a sensible diet plan that works for your lifestyle.
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