Most people go on a diet with the sole purpose to lose weight without really understanding the full implications. Dieting is not for everyone for many reasons. They are restrictive and sometimes imbalanced and if not properly understood, diets may not be safe for many people, especially those who have challenges with heart disease, diabetes, thyroid disorder, obesity, etc. So before you make a decision whether or not to start a diet, take some time to do a health assessment with your primary care physician to determine what your body needs.
People are different, so their need for maintaining a healthy life will also be different. Many diets are generic and do not take into account a person’s overall health. For instance take the popular “low-carb” diet, a.k.a. The Atkins diet, this diet requires a person to eat high portions of protein and very low portions of healthy carbohydrates; unfortunately, this may not be ideal for a person who has high cholesterol. So, if your goal is to lose weight, the key to achieving it is to make a lifestyle change, which includes eating balanced meals that support your body’s needs, as well as exercising.
I know this may sound a little over whelming, but have no fear; the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has given us some help. The USDA has developed a general plan, called MyPyramid which helps us to learn how to balance between food and physical activity, make better food choices, and maintain daily calorie needs (I will go into more detail about MyPyramid in future newsletters).
So don’t wait until January 2009 to set a new goal; start today. It’s never too late to start making a lifestyle change in order to live a healthier life! If you need help with getting started, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our Food Lifestyle Makeovers!