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Does your weight loss plan fit your Needs?
copyright 2006 by Greg Landry, M.S.





In order for a weight loss plan to be successful, we need to undergo permanent changes in our eating and physical activity habits. Basically, we need to find a plan which fits our specific needs. Here are a few questions we should ask ourselves when creating the perfect weight loss plan:

Does our weight loss plan include foods from all of the major food groups? A well balanced diet should include fruit, vegetables, grains (preferably whole grains), low fat dairy, lean protein (poultry, fish, legumes), nuts, and seeds. Also make sure that you include foods that you have always enjoyed. It is much more difficult to stick to a diet plan when you are forced to eliminate your favorite dishes completely. Therefore, you should include your favorite foods but consume them with portion control in mind. Also be certain that the foods in your diet are easily accessible. Donít create yourself a diet made up of foods that you can rarely purchase because that will only result in failure. Another important factor to consider is your budget. Make sure that your diet plan is affordable; you certainly donít want to quit mid-way because of financial problems.

Another very important part of choosing the best weight loss plan is to make sure that you include an adequate amount of nutrients and calories to help you lose weight safely and effectively. You definitely donít want to short your body the essential nutrients it needs to function properly. And last but not least, be sure that physical activity is an important part of your plan. Without exercise your chances of loosing unwanted pounds is slim to none. Exercise speeds up your bodily functions, including your metabolism, which will clearly result in faster weight loss.




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