Before getting on a diet plan, consult your doctor or dietitian for advice on what diet is right for you. Not only is it true that some diet plans offer less than advertised, but may be harmful to your health. They may change your life alright, but in ways you may not want.
The common error made by people with overweight problems is choosing standard diet plans. These diet plans are designed to suit everyone to some degree, but they will probably have no, or only an average effect on you. For better result, you will need a diet plan that is designed specifically for your body type, fitness level and health condition.
If you are thinking about getting on a diet plan, you probably have concerns about your weight. While overweight is not a disease in itself, it is the gateway to serious diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, esophageal cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, kidney cancer, congestive heart failure, heart enlargement, stroke, pulmonary embolism, erectile dysfunction, gallbladder disease and others.
The immediate change in your life from getting on a diet plan is freeing your mind of the fear that you could become debilitated, or drop dead at anytime from one or more of the mentioned diseases. With your fear gone, you can now give full attention to your daily tasks, rather than be burdened by split attention; half on the fear of falling sick and dying at anytime, and the other half on your daily tasks, and doing them poorly.
A sensible diet will change your life by reducing your weight, minimizing your chances of contracting an overweight related disease, and enhancing your confidence. When you meet people, you will no longer be worrying about what they are thinking concerning your size and how your clothes fit on you, rather you will be focused on performing your best both professionally and socially.
The other changes in your life from dieting, and actually reducing your weight is that your heart muscles will not be overworked pumping blood through out your body. You will feel light and energize, your body movement will be effortless and nimble in performing your daily tasks; not to mention a renewed interest in your sexual life, and having the physical ability to fully participate in the act.
Excited by these positive changes in their lives, many people begin their diet plan with high expectation only to find a week or two later they don’t have the ability to stick with it. For this reason, it is important that you ease yourself into your diet plan gently. Phase out any old diet plan that is not working, while gradually adopting yourself to the new one. This way you will be able to stick with the new diet plan and get the most out of it.
Avoid a diet plan that requires you to abruptly change your eating habits, forcing you to stop eating your favorite foods for example. Changes like that will cause you to cheat on your diet plan, and eventually defeat the purpose of losing weight and keeping it off.
To guarantee that you actually get the desire results from your diet plan, add regular physical exercise to it. Simply walking 30 minutes a day is a good start. Regular physical exercise helps to speed up your metabolic rate, meaning you burn calories faster during the course of the day long after you have finished your workout.
Physical exercise strengthens your muscles and bones, and protects you from such conditions as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke and some types of cancers. It also triggers the release of the happiness chemical called endorphins to maintain your confidence, keep you mentally alert and with a positive attitude through your day.
A sensible diet plan and regular physical exercise will change your life in positive ways that you can now only dream about, but they can become real if you act now to make diet and exercise part of your daily routine.