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How to choose the best diet

How to choose the best diet

Everyone is searching for the best diet.

To lose weight most people know they must eat a little less and get their bodies moving a little more. Most people are also familiar with at least a few of the popular diets, and many people have tried at least a dozen of them in their attempts at losing weight. Yet most of these dieting people are still fat today, because they have not found the best diet and exercise program that is the perfect fit for their lives and personality.

It is easy to blame yourself when one diet after another fails. You think you are weak, have no will power, and sometimes simply feel taking the weight off will be impossible for you. All of this is understandable, but it is time to wake up and realize that it cannot all be blamed on your own weakness for chocolate donuts or cheese steak.

A huge part of the battle is picking the best diet for you. To burn fat and keep it off in the long term you have to find a plan that you can live with for the rest of your life. Since we all lead very different lives, obviously the correct approach for weight loss is going to be different for us all. That is the problem with most diets: they are too structured to possibly be a lifelong solution for everyone. That is why we see so many different plans with wide numbers of successful participants. There is something for everyone; you just have to find it.

With the plethora of diet suggestions and regimens that are published in books and online, or endorsed by this and that celebrity how do we choose which one best suits us?

There really is no magical or easy diet to lose weight. The goal itself could be a bit of a challenge to some who may be impatient or are not really much into the weight issue yet. However, a possible combination of diet plans could work depending on the effects on the dieter.

The main goal of the best diet plan is to eat less. Therefore, there should be a strong foundation of this on the individual. He needs to digest these things below in order to stick to his plan to diet to lose weight.


Frequently eat lesser amount of food.

Spread your calorie reduction among five meals every day. Eating more frequently than the usual three will help you stay full without the unnecessary, excess calories.


Eat nothing more before you go to sleep.

Allow a few hours; say 2 or 3 before you go to bed, when you will not eat anything more. Although lying down can burn some calories too, a busy stomach processing all the sugar and nutrients will still distribute the energy into the bloodstream. With no outlet for this energy or fats since you are asleep, they get stored.


Go through your bedtime hygiene routines early.

Brushing your teeth early before you sleep could be set as a signal that you will stop eating already since your teeth have just been cleaned.


Say no to sugar.

If you cannot stay away from soft drinks, then might as well go for those sugar-free versions. For those who can stay clear of these beverages, they can just drink water, lots of it.


Stuff on veggies before anything else.

Vegetables usually have lesser calories in them so you cannot eat too much of this and worry about weight gain. It will serve as a filler food if you load yourself up with veggies first before putting your fork on the main course, which could be a haven of calories.


Record your food-slash-calorie intake.

Keeping a record of your daily calorie intake will really help you monitor your weight loss or gain. This will give you an over view if your diet to lose weight is working effectively for you or not.


Get used to bringing home take-out boxes.

Since you won’t be eating everything you’d be ordering when you’re dining out, start getting used to bringing home a take-out box for your leftovers. These can be reheated for your next meals so do not fret.


Put some leisure into eating and learn to savor every bite you make.

Eat slowly at a leisurely pace. This will aid in good metabolism, which aids in weight loss.


Think about calories all the time – breathe them.

Since you are on a diet and you are taking notes of your progress, you must always think about calories. This should be a part of any of your diet affirmations so you can see yourself succeeding at these diets to lose weight.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.