Follow these 5 easy guidelines to make sure your diet
won't fail you!
1. Can you see yourself eating this way for at least 2 years?
The ability for stability of a diet can tell so much about the practicality of it and if it is actually going to work. If it is only possible to maintain it for a week, then that is exactly about how long the weight you lost will stay off. For example if you go on a 5-day juice cleanse and lose 10 pounds, it'll be back within 5-7 days. The most successful diets have to be something practical that you can maintain for years, otherwise your wasting your time and suffering.
2. How many types of macros are you eating?
If your answer isn't ALL (meaning protein carbs, and fats) then throw it out. Any diet that doesn't contain or largely limits one of these is not going to work, at least not long term. Your body is designed to utilize all three nutrients and therefore will become depleted in absence of one resulting in a domino affect of metabolism issues. Trust me, the detrimental affects caused by depletion are not worth the quick few pounds that might come off the first week.
3. You should never be starving. Ever.
You should not be starving yourself to lose weight! Not only is it not good for your body, but it causes so many negative factors. Simply put, If you are miserable you aren't going to continue the pattern you are on and the diet will be once again a short-lived experience. Also when your body is in starvation mode it slows the metabolism because it wants to conserve energy causing you to gain fat more easily when you eat anything. Not worth it!
4. Listen to your weight
A practical and healthy diet consists of losing 1.5-3 lbs a week depending on your size. Anything more than this is a sign that it is unhealthy and is not a long-term plan. Pay attention to this in order to assure that you are doing things right. When you lose weight at a rapid pace you lose a lot of muscle as your body is more likely to eat muscle because it is a more readily available source of energy.
5. Fatigue means something is wrong
Although little bit of tiredness the first week of switching your diet can be expected due to your body adjusting, it should not be extreme or long term. If you feel like simple tasks are exhausting or your moods are off you most likely aren't eating enough and have a drop in blood sugar. Meaning you might need to up your carbohydrate level a little bit or slightly increase your calories. Once again living your life on edge with no energy IS NOT GOING TO LAST!