Looking for a healthy diet plan? There are lots of diets out there - but how do you know if they are healthy? How do you know if they are safe?
Maybe you've had a bad experience with diets before. Or maybe you've known someone who has damaged their health with a poor diet. There are lots of unhealthy programs that can cause serious health issues.
Some aren't so bad - but they will slow your metabolism so the weight comes back on - and more - when the diet is over. So you're smart to look for a healthy weight loss program.
With that in mind here are 3 signs of a healthy, balanced diet. Keep these things in mind when looking at diets and you're guaranteed to find a healthy, safe plan that fits your lifestyle:
#1 A Healthy Diet Plan is Balanced
Look for a good balance - a diet that includes a wide variety of foods, proteins and carbs, fruits and vegetables.
Avoid plans that cut out entire food groups. Avoid programs that are too low in calories. Avoid diets that have you exercising for hours on end.
For example, you need protein in your diet. If your diet is ultra low calorie and lacks protein, your body may start burning your lean muscle tissue for energy. This will slow your metabolism and make it harder to lose weight in the future.
Basically anything that seems out of balance is probably not healthy. It doesn't matter what fancy explanation they dream up to explain why you're doing it - if it's not balanced, steer clear of it.
#2 A Healthy Diet Offers Steady Weight Loss
While we'd all like to lose 10 pounds by tomorrow (ok, maybe 20 pounds), this just isn't physically possible. Diets that promise you insane, unbelievable results may be fun to imagine - but they just aren't realistic. And they may go to some unhealthy extremes to deliver on those promises.
I once knew a girl who lost 30 pounds in 3 weeks - but she had to eat nothing but green apples and spirulina to do it. Not good.
A healthy diet will give you steady progress - from about 2 - 5 pounds per week depending on your activity level and how much weight you've got to lose.
Anything more than that and you're probably just losing water weight or lean muscle tissue.
#3 Steer Clear of Diet Pills
While there may be some diet pills that involve 'natural' ingredients, the majority of diet pills are sketchy - and even dangerous. Remember Phen-Phen? It's just not worthwhile to take a chance with your health like that.
Unfortunately, a slim body doesn't come in a pill. You have to actually do the work. And if you insist on taking pills - if you can't pronounce the ingredients in the diet pill, don't take it!
So those are 3 tips to help you find a healthy diet plan. Another thing that may help you is to look for several expert recommendations like those from physicians, personal trainers or other health experts. And if the diet was created by a doctor, all the better.
Or look for longevity. A diet program that has years of experience with lots of client testimonials obviously has something to it.
Remember that a healthy diet plan is balanced, offers a steady weight loss and does NOT include pills. Take your time and choose a diet you can feel great about trying.
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