How to Choose the Best Diet for You

Choosing a diet is just like choosing what clothes to wear. While many choices might look great and make you feel good, there is probably one option that is the best fit for you. Choosing a diet is all about picking the option that fits your lifestyle and needs. While celebrity diets and the fad eating habit of the moment might seem trendy and perfect, it is important to remember that there is only one you. Don’t try to replicate someone else’s success. Instead, do your research and piece together ideas from lots of informed sources in order to craft a diet that fits you and puts you on a permanent path towards wellness.

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Know Your Goals

The first step in picking a diet is to consider the health goals you want to achieve. This might seem obvious, but often people focus all of their efforts on building a diet, without giving any consideration to what they want to actually get out of the diet. Do you want to lose weight, address a health problem, gain muscle, or gain weight? While we typically think of a diet as a temporary solution to a health problem, diets should actually be thought of as a long term commitment to a way of eating. By understanding what you want to achieve you can best select the foods you need to incorporate into your diet. Start from the end and work backwards in order to achieve the goal you want.

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Set your limits

It is also important to be realistic and to know your limits. While you might want to live the paleo lifestyle, if you know you will totally unable to resist bread, you should consider picking a different diet. Failing in a diet can be a terrible experience that can turn people off from healthy living all together. Know yourself and craft a diet that fits into your lifestyle. While switching to a new diet is by no means an easy proposition, it shouldn’t cause you daily misery and angst. Connected to that point, it is ok to start slowly and work up to the diet you ultimately want. Build up to your diet goal by slowly cutting out bad foods and incorporating healthier ones. That is how you will change not just your meals, but also your life.

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Assess Your Deficiencies

Take a look at your current diet to see what macro and micro nutrients you might be deficient in. Deficiencies can turn into long term health problems, so try and build a diet that is wholesome and makes sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. This idea is especially important for those individuals who want to diet to lose weight. Take care to make sure when you try and cut calories, that you are not cutting out all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

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Wrap Up

Choosing a diet is ultimately about a lot more than just meals. Supplementing your new diet with exercise is crucial and will help you reach any health goals much faster. Finally, remember that food should be joyous. No one should have angst or be upset when they are sitting down for a meal. Be sure to build a diet that provides both physical and mental happiness.

 

When assessing your nutrient deficiencies, remember that it is very difficult to get all of the proper nutrients from food sources. Supplements can help to fill these gaps and make you feel a lot better. Check out the customized nutritional solutions that WellPath offers.

About Michael Weinberg

Michael Weinberg is a writer on The Path Editorial Team. He is a graduate of Tufts University. He is interested in how nutrition affects athletic performance and competes in triathlons and obstacle runs.