On average, Americans spend close to $80 million a day searching for answers to their weight loss problems. And for just reason, considering the staggering number of people classified as overweight or obese and the recent research which shows exactly how dangerous being overweight can be.
Increased competition and the need to find the answer to the weight loss epidemic has led to many different approaches and product developments. Some of which have been successful others may have been dangerous and failed to deliver results. Either way, with such an abundance of information available it can sometimes become overwhelming and difficult to find precisely what system will work best for you.
What I have looked to do is simplify weight loss diets by type. Simplifying things at the most elementary level ensures that at the very minimum, you have a foundation and solid understanding of what these types of diets are and what they can offer you.
Fixed Menu Diets
A fixed-menu is a list of all of the foods that you will incorporate into your diet. This particular type of list is relatively easy to follow because the foods that you select are entirely based on your interest. Where some people run into problems with this approach is in the fact that the monotony of eating the same foods over time becomes boring and hard to follow away from the home.
This type of diet offers meal plans with a certain number servings of different food groups. Within each group, foods are close to equal in terms of calories and can be swapped as you desire. For example, the “protein” category could include a cup of yogurt or ounce of tuna; each about equal with respect to their nutritional value and calories. If your meal plans calls for two servings of protein for lunch, you could select to eat two cups of yogurt or two ounces of tuna. With this type of diet, you have more of a varietal in terms of your options and it can also be easily followed away from the home.
Prepackaged Meal Diets
Prepackaged meals come pre-made. They are most helpful in helping you to determine appropriate portion sizes. Although helpful, they can be somewhat costly. Before making a purchase be sure to review the nutritional label and determine if the contents best suit your diet and budget. Read the rest of this entry »