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Choosing a Diet That's Right for You

June 2, 2017

Last time we examined the evidence of how people came to the conclusions of picking a program (diet) that was right for them. This time we will further break these diets down so you can make wiser decisions the first time and avoid the pitfalls that a lot of people starting out tend to make.

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2. You often feel hungry. 3. You cannot eat what you want.

Now let us break this down. I will start off by saying that moderation is the key in any diet and too much of any one thing can be counterproductive. After the three points are examined we will look further at the advantages and disadvantages of this particular approach.

The first point mentioned was that if too many carbs are eaten the rest will be stored as fat. Well, in reality too much of any macronutrient (proteins, carbs, and fats) will make you fat! The idea here is not to limit them totally as in the high protein diet but to cycle them. In other words eat the majority of them in the daytime and as bedtime approaches slowly cut back and eat foods that are a little more rich in protein. So if you go to bed at 11:00PM start to cut back around 7:00PM. But remember, you can still eat, not starve!

The second point we looked at stated that you will often feel hungry. The truth of the matter is you probably will at first. But remember that anything involving restriction will generally make you feel that way the first few weeks if we are really honest with ourselves. If you ate the same amount of any kind of food that you were eating you wouldn't lose weight peroid. The way around this is to eat more frequently, smaller meals spaced out throughout the day. Try and get in the 4-6 range. That way you will not feel as hungry and this also helps to speed up your metabolism. The body will not be as likely to think it's starving itself and store the food as fat.

Point number three stresses you cannot eat what you want. Again, any kind of program will have certain foods that you will not be permitted to eat in excess. It's a matter of getting your priorities straight. Look at both options, as well as any other diets you come across and decide what would be better suited for you. If you are a vegetarian for example you would be more likely to eat more grains and things so the higher carb diet would probably be more ideal.

Here are some of the advantages to this approach. 1. Breads, cereals, pastas and the like aren't as heavy on your stomach therefore you will be more likely to be active. They don't take as much blood to digest them. 2. You will be less likely to binge on sweets etc. because your body will have more of a steady supply of sugar. 3. If cholesterol is a concern this is the diet for you!

In summary ask yourself these questions:

  • What foods do I like more and how was I raised?
  • What is my time like as far cycling carbs later at night?
  • Will being a little more hungry bother me or can I handle it for awhile?
  • What is my will power like?
  • How does my family eat?
  • What is my schedual like as far as preparing meals?
  • Have I been known to binge on sweets in the past?
  • And finally, does the overall approach and explanation of this diet appeal to me?

Keep these and other related questions planted firmly in your mind as next time we will examine the ever popular high protein low carbohydrate diet. 

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