With so many diets out there, how do you know what to choose to get started. The answer is NONE because you’re embarking on a lifestyle change, not a diet. However, it’s useful to adopt a food plan to get started. As I mentioned my Pre-Planning your Lifestyle Change post, it’s best to choose something that centers around the foods you regularly eat.
Ultimately, the only important factor in choosing a food plan is that you can stick to it. A group of researchers decided to compare several diets that were popular in 2000 to see which was more effective. Their main finding was that no one diet proved better than any other, but that the biggest hurdle people encountered in attempting to lose weight was sticking with the diet long enough to reach a healthy weight. Another study looked at the Atkins Diet and found that its effectiveness dropped precipitously after the first six months.
The bottom line: Commit to a lifestyle change by choosing a plan that you can realistically stick to and implement dietary changes you can live with in the long-run, or you’ll be right back where you started-but even more deflated for having failed yet another time. A lot of people go into weight loss thinking in terms of a diet as a one-off thing, which I talk about in my Start NOW! post. But to be successful, you need to approach it as a lifestyle change.