A lot of people who are trying to lose weight have tried a number of diets. Some may have looked at unusual diets such as the cabbage soup diet, the grapefruit diet, and many people have tried low GI diets and the Atkins diet. Most diets work for some people but one problem with many weight loss diets is that people get bored not being able to include foods they like in their menus.
To make a diet work for you, you need to be interested in it. The best healthy diet plans include a variety of foods and flexibility so you can tailor your weight loss menus to suit your requirements.
A healthy weight loss diet includes weight loss menus that are easy to prepare, can sometimes be prepared in advance, and include a variety of foods which are interesting and contain all the essential nutrients you need.
There are many books and internet sites available which contain excellent menus. Look for ones which show you the calorific value, as low calorie diets are consistently shown to be the most effective. If you concentrate on the calorific value of your weight loss menus and the items you include in your meals, then you have the highest level of flexibility in your meal planning. If your diet plan calls for a lean steak and salad and you don't like steak, all you need to do is to substitute the steak for lean chicken, some fish, or a vegetarian alternative.
Weight loss menus don't need to be boring - you can also, within reason, add some treats sometimes. If you sometimes like a glass of wine or beer then you simply work out the number of calories in it and take out one of the other treats from the plan. Most weight loss diet plans include treats so this shouldn't be too difficult. Obviously there are limits to this - it wouldn't be a great idea to substitute all your menus with wine, the calories might be fine but you wouldn't be getting many nutrients into your body!
If you are trying to lose weight but have other family members to cook for, then you can adapt your weight loss menus to suit others too. For example, they could have extra sauce with their meat, or dressing on their salad. It is especially important to make sure children are getting enough calories and fats in their diet and young children should always be given full-fat milk.
One thing to consider when choosing your menus is that studies show you should have more calories, and carbohydrates earlier in the day and your evening meal should be the lightest. Do not skip one meal from your weight loss menus and load on another, as your food intake should be spread throughout the day.
By following the weight loss menus you prepare, taking a little exercise, staying motivated and interested, and believing you can do it, you will lose weight.