Diets and weight-loss are big business, and all of a sudden this nutrition plan or that fitness-and-health regime becomes the focus of media attention.
For those of us who seem to spend our whole lives trying to lose weight, it's a big temptation to try out these new ideas the moment they hit the headlines. Remember, though, that if you need to lose a substantial quantity of weight, you should opt for a healthy weight-loss plan under strict medical supervision.
We are all different and a diet is far more likely to work if it is personalised to take into account bodily needs and lifestyle. And don't overlook the general guidelines for sensible dieting:
Weight loss – particularly the loss of fatty tissue – should be controlled.
A good diet will not make you feel hungry. It's important that you feel positive, relaxed and optimistic about your diet. If the diet is a chore to follow, you're likely to abandon it before it has achieved its goals.
Muscle mass should not be affected.
Weight loss should not happen so abruptly that it results in sagging skin.
The objective is to lose weight, but the maintenance of long-term results is more important than a fast result.
The real focus should be on health rather than simply on what the bathroom scales say.
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