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A Diet Plan is No Good If You Can't Stick to It

Posted Apr 11 2009 12:55am

by Maria's Last Diet

A 2005 study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that of the participants in four different diet plans (Atkins, Ornish, Weight Watchers, Zone) only 25% in each plan could stick to that diet so they could benefit from the diet

What can we conclude from this? A diet is no good, it simply won't work unless you can stick to it. If four major diets in a research study couldn't get people to adhere to their diet plans, what can you do?

Well, you can pick a diet to fit in with your particular health needs and with your lifestyle. But then you need to figure out how to stay on that diet. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: this part of the weight loss plan is the non-food part. It requires that you find ways to deal with situations that cause you to go off your diet.

You can make your own study of this. For example:

  • When you cheat, where are you most likely to be?
  • When you cheat, who are you usually with?
  • When you go off your diet, what kind of mood are you usually in?
  • When you go on a diet, when do you tend to give up the most?
  • What do you think are the personal issues that most contribute to your failure as a dieter?
  • Do you think you are involved in emotional eating?
  • Have you developed a way to deal with your feelings other than by overeating?
  • What do you think would help you more than anything else with staying on your weight loss diet plan?
  • Can you set in place a plan to get this weight loss help?

You see how the process would go. This is the kind of thoughtful analysis that will help you stay on whatever diet plan you choose.

The weight loss diet plan is the food part. The you part is up to you.

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