When it comes to weight loss there is no shortage of diets that claim to help you beat the bulge.
Some plans promise you will lose weight from eliminating fat or carbs from your diet, while others promote the use of supplements.
There are so many options out there it can be overwhelming to know which one is right for you.
Here we offer some helpful tips about how to pick the right weight loss programme.
First you should decide what kind of diet you want to do, as some will be more restrictive than others.
Balanced diets (DASH, Mediterranean, WW, Slimming World) offer flexibility and you can still eat a varied diet and enjoy treats.
These diets are nutritionally balanced and more about making permanent lifestyle changes.
High protein diets such as the Paleo diet aren’t as flexible in terms of foods you can eat, and it can be hard to stick to over a long period of time.
Low carb diets such as the Atkins diet favour fats or proteins over carbs, and may also be hard to stick to long-term.
Low calorie diets such as the Ornish vegan diet is a good option is you are looking to cut out animal products.
There are also plenty of meal replacement diets such as SlimFast and Medifast, but these may be costly in the long run.
Experts also believe adding supplements to your diet, such as Apple Cider Vinegar, can help aid weight loss.
It’s a good idea to involve your doctor before you start your weight loss journey, as your needs may differ from others.
There may be certain medical issues which can affect the way you lose weight safely.
If you have diabetes, heart disease or allergies you will need to seek advice about diet from your doctor.
Other things you should consider include; how much you are willing to give up, what lifestyle changes you’re willing to make and your personal weight loss goals.
Some weight loss programmes such as WW and Slimming World offer support groups, which are very useful for some people.
Price could also play a factor as some plans of more costly than others.
You may have already tried out a few diets in the past which didn’t work, so ask yourself what it was about them that didn’t fit in with your lifestyle, and pick a different one.
For example, if you always felt hungry you might pick a less retractive diet with higher calorie allowance.
It’s worth keeping in mind, although some weight loss plans claim to help you shed weight instantly, a slow and steady approach is easier to maintain in the long-run.
A weight loss of 0.5 to 2 pounds a week is the typical recommendation, according to Mayo Clinic. Long term weight loss depends on how well you can stick to a diet, so choose one you can live with.