Its the beginning of a new year, and now’s the time to get cracking on that diet.
But which one to choose? Well, as most dieticians will tell you, there is no substitute for good, sensible eating & a healthy lifestyle. But lets face it, who can really afford to go to the gym every day. And just how do you fit the recommended 5 portions of fruit & veg into your 3 meals a day?
And in today’s current economic climate, we aren’t just talking about the cost of the fruit and veg, along with the monthly gym membership. We’re also talking about time. We all need to work that little bit longer & harder just to keep our jobs. And I know just how hard it can be to motivate yourself after a 12 hour day into cooking a healthy meal and doing 45mins on the rowing machine – or jogging 5 miles round the block!
And whilst the healthy eating/regular exercise route is probably the best one to choose, lets face it, you don’t see the results straight away. In fact, it’ll probably be a couple of months before you notice any change in your appearance & overall fitness. And that’s where a lot of people fail.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could see the results overnight, or within 2 days of starting a diet. And isn’t it true that if you could see the results that quickly, you’re more likely to continue with the diet as its plain to see that it is working.
Now there are diets out there that can help you see results in a short space of time, but which one is the best? Well, I can’t help you with that and its something that you really need to decide for yourself. I can, however, give you some idea of what you should be looking out for if going for one of these rapid weight loss diets:
1. Cost. If its hundreds of dollars, and there’s no evidence of results or any indication of the type of food you’ll be eating during the diet, I’d steer clear. Make sure the seller gives you some idea of what you’ll have to eat during the diet before buying the diet plan. You could spend $200 on the diet, and then have to spend another $500 on “special” food in order to do it. For that kind of money you may as well pay for Liposuction! I personally would spend no more than $40 for a diet plan.
2. Food. As indicated above, check out what you’ll be eating (or not) during the diet. If you have to spend hundreds on weird & wonderful ingredients then give it a miss. Go for a diet that uses simple, everyday food – it’ll save you money & you may have it all to hand. I’d certainly avoid those diets which make you eat a “super soup” 3 times a day, or replace all your meals with (expensive) shakes!
3. Duration & frequency. How long do you spend on the diet? How often can you do it? A simple rule of thumb is the longer & more frequent you can do it, then the better it’ll be for you. Whilst a 4 or 5 days crash diet may give you the best results, if you can only do it once a month then it may be the case that vital nutrients are being missed as a way of helping you see instant results.
4. Exercise. Can you exercise during the diet – or does the seller provide you with any advice on what exercise you can do whilst on the diet? Another good indication of how carefully designed the diet plan is.
5. Freebies! Do you simply hand over your cash, and that’s it? Or do you get additional support from the seller? If the seller is passing on free advice or diet & exercise plans to you, then they are more likely to care about the buyer, and how well the diet works. After all, word of mouth is the best way to advertise a good product.
So, just remember to watch out for the unhealthy crash diets, and go for an inexpensive plan which offers free advice and a good, balanced diet.