Is The Diet Plan Actually Healthy?
• Do I feel like I'm making a major sacrifice?
• Am I eating food that I enjoy?
• Can I make this decision permanent?
If you answer "no" to any of these questions, then you're not picking out an appropriate diet plan for yourself. Diets can work with your favorite foods, within reason. It's important to appreciate how you feel about yourself and what you eat, because both feelings should be positive feelings.
Red Flags in Dieting Plans
• Does the plan only focus on quick weight loss?
• Is it offering a miraculous result?
• Will it promote a pattern of eating that you cannot sustain for a long period of time?
• Does it avoid entire good groups?
• Are you noticing unhealthy behaviors inherent in adopting the plan: shame, guilt, super foods, body image?
• Is the plan brand loyal or brand specific?
• Who created the program?
• Has a certifying agency like the FDA deemed it "unsafe" for certain populations?
Green Lights For Any Diet Plan
A safe and effective plan will regularly include vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, grains, dairy, and animal proteins. You can choose what you want to eat based on your own preferences or ethical considerations, but balanced diets are exactly that: balanced!
You can visit some examples of balanced plans at my plate.gov or give us a call to set up a free evaluation. 240-630-0298