Choosing a new diet can be extremely stressful and confusing. There is so much conflicting information out there and there are so many different options to choose from. The most important thing to take into consideration before choosing a new diet is YOU.
What’s the End Game?
What are you trying to accomplish with your diet? Are you trying to boost your energy, improve digestion, improve or maintain heart health, or are you simply looking to lose weight? Determining your goal is the first step in choosing the diet that’s right for you.
Talk to Your Doctor
Before you start a new diet, you want to consult with your doctor. You want to make sure that you are aware of any medical conditions you may have that could be complicated by the implementation of a new diet. Furthermore, your doctor may be able to point you in the direction of a reputable dietitian who can help you select your diet.
There is no One Size Fits All
There is not a diet that exists that will work for every single person who tries it. Some factors, however, that can help you narrow your selection of diets or tailor a diet to fit your needs include:
- Budget: Not everyone can afford to spend $20.00 on an organic squash every grocery trip, so it’s important to consider your budget before selecting a diet.
- Preferences: If you hate fish, a pescatarian diet probably is not going to be the best route. Even a diet that is geared toward achieving the results you want will not work if you cannot stick to it.
- Health Conditions: Health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or allergies can dictate what diets are available to you.
- Ethnic or Cultural Beliefs: In some instances, religion, culture or tradition can influence what diets are going to be feasible for you.
Ultimately, choosing the right diet requires you to choose a diet that you can stick with. Understanding your body, your health, your preferences and your limitations can go a long way toward helping you choose the diet that’s right for you and improving your quality of life.