With plenty of dieting plan options to choose from, it can without a doubt make it more difficult to choose the most effective “meal plan”.
Should you do Paleo?
Should you do low Carb?
Should you go vegan?
Should you go non fat?
Regardless of WHAT nutrition plan that you end up selecting, note that people have had success doing multiple plans, for similar reasons.
Even though each of these different type of dieting strategies have a different philosophy base, they actually have more in common than they differ, which make them each effective in their own respect.
Here are 3 things that effective dieting plans have in common:
1.) Each effective diet requires you to be more mindful of what and how you eat.
Simply being aware of what you are eating causes you to be more conscious of what you are putting into your body. This doesn’t require some special type of diet.
You will be amazed at how much subconscious eating that the majority of people do on a daily basis. Whether eating while you are at your computer, eating and driving, or snacking on some ships while your favorite show is on Netflix, your body is on autopilot. Because of this, awareness is inhibited.
Great diets help you to practice eating intentionally and promote awareness.
2.) Have you ever heard of a diet that tells you to eat more processed foods?
I didn’t think so.
Almost all diets encourage you to minimize processed food. This is a basic necessity if you are trying to just feel better overall, outside of the scope of just losing weight.
While I don’t need to go into too much detail about the effect processed foods can have on your health physiologically, it is worth noting in the long-term the effects can be detrimental.
All good diets encourage you to eat more, less-processed foods and more whole foods and a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, and to drink plenty of water.
While macronutrient portions might vary per diet in terms of protein, carbohydrate, and fats to take in, effective diets never instruct you to intentionally increase processed foods.
3.) Lifestyle Change Happens
As you start to make the dieting adjustments and see the results from good eating, you naturally tend to expand your focus to other lifestyle changes such as exercise.
As you start to pay more attention to your eating, you become more aware of your physical activity and start to find ways to incorporate more into your life.
Whether following the low carb, fasting, low fat, the best results happen when done in conjunction with proper exercise and or training.
No matter the diet, effective dieting plans encourage that you exercise at the same time as eating well.
Notice that these 3 things do not fall into a certain dieting “philosophy” so to speak. They are simple practice that anyone who is looking to improve their eating can do on a normal basis.
So whether or not you are looking to start a new diet plan, understand that these 3 practices are things you can do before committing to any dieting plan to live a better, healthier life.
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