The beginning of the year is traditionally associated with losing weight and trying to counteract the indulgence of the holiday season. If you’re thinking of dieting, or you’re keen to shape up, it’s well worth checking out this fascinating infographic before you make any drastic changes to your diet.
One of the main dangers people face when they’re trying to lose weight or improve their health is falling foul to fad diets. Fad diets usually produce rapid weight loss by cutting calorie content dramatically or leaving out food groups. Although weight loss can be impressive, it’s crucial to be aware of the long-term implications. Over 94% of people who lose weight on fad diets gain it again within 5 years, and there’s a risk of missing out on essential nutrients. Restricting your diet can also trigger emotional responses, which can make you feel unhappy or on edge. Some fad diets and eating plans can also be very expensive.
Rather than resorting to diet trends, health experts recommend adopting a balanced, nutritional diet, which fits in with your lifestyle and your health status. Examples of diets that are proven to boost health include the Mediterranean diet, which includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grain foods, healthy fats and a focus on fresh food, rather than processed products. Another option is DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which is beneficial for those at risk of high blood pressure. This plan encourages daily consumption of fruit and vegetables, lean meat and fish, whole grains and healthy oils and fats.
It can be difficult to stick to dietary goals and targets. Thankfully, the infographic below has got some great tips, including meal planning, using healthy eating apps, monitoring progress and accessing support through friends, a weight loss group or health experts.
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