Thinking About Going On A Diet? Ask Yourself These Questions Before You Do

Jun 03, 2018 | 1 year ago | Read Time: 4 minutes | By iKnowledge Team

From the Keto Diet to Whole 30, there is a slew of diet plans that we encounter every day. If you are about to embark on your own fitness journey it is important to not fall prey to the trap of fad and crash diets and instead focus on getting your fitness goals in order and approach this in a realistic and healthy way. Here are the questions you should ask yourself before you take the decision to adopt any diet plan into your lifestyle.

What are my fitness goals?

The first step you should take before even considering what kind of diet regimen to follow is to jot down your fitness goals. Your entire diet plan, including your exercise regimen and what you will eat will depend on your goals, whether it is to lose weight, tone your muscles, develop strength or simply maintain a healthy lifestyle. With the increasing importance given to social media and the “ideal body” we often push ourselves to have unrealistic body and fitness expectations which doesn’t only harm us physically but also takes a toll on our mental health by impacting our self-confidence and outlook.

Your fitness journey is likely to be most effective if you set shorter achievable goals that stem from positive reinforcement for your body. Fad diets that promise you short term results are likely to be click bait, and will ruin your relationship with your body and food. So, your first step on your fitness journey would be sit down and list your short and long-term fitness goals, considering your personal limitations without expecting too much from your body.

Is my diet safe?

One of the most important questions to ask yourself before incorporating any diet tips in your lifestyle is the safety of the same. If a diet worked for your neighbour or your co-worker simply doesn’t mean the plan will be right for you. Before adopting a diet make sure you have thoroughly assessed your dietary and nutritional needs and medical limitations as cutting out certain foods could have a critical impact on your body. It might be a good idea to consult your General Practitioner and inform him/her about the diet you want to pursue to ensure that your body is equipped to handle the same medically. This is especially important for people who have any medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart diseases, or any history with eating disorders. It is critical to your health and safety to ensure your doctor knows about your change in diet and lifestyle so he/she can provide this information to your health insurance provider. Often if you adopt a diet which offers your body poor nutrition you will encounter an increase in fatigue and lower ability to concentrate which will affect your ability at work and at home.

Additionally, often it is important to see whether there is scientific evidence to support why your diet plan will work. A lot of times it might be best to consult a qualified dietician who can help you achieve fitness goals in a healthy manner. However, dieticians or nutritionists can often charge hefty fees and could be out of budget for many. In such a case, it is helpful to consider the background and qualifications of the person who has designed the diet to determine whether it will lead to legitimate results.

Am I being realistic?

When embarking on your diet and setting your fitness goals we can often get carried away and set unrealistic goals. Although overnight results would be great for anyone pursuing their fitness journey, it is not sustainable. If your goal is to lose weight, often a sustainable goal to have is to lose about 0.5kg very week. Not only is the target achievable, but also ensures your weight loss is sustainable over a period.

Additionally, also be realistic of cutting out certain foods from your diet, as a very harsh diet plan might give you short term results but odds are you will not continue to pursue it afterwards if it is not realistic.

Will I be willing to make other lifestyle changes?

If you are embarking on a fitness journey simply adopting a new diet simply doesn’t cut it, in fact you will have to adopt several other lifestyle changes to accompany your new diet, one of the most important being exercise. Depending on whether your goal is to build muscle, lose weight or tone up moderate or high intensity workout, or a combination of the two, at least a few times a week is necessary. Always keep in mind that everyone’s body is different, and you should adopt an exercise regime that suits you, while also helping you reach your goals. Once again here ensure you consult a doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions before adopting any kind of exercise regime to ensure it is safe to do so.

Embarking on a fitness journey no matter what your goal is can be very exciting, however, it is important to remember that getting caught up in fads of diets can often be unsustainable and lead us to set unrealistic expectations. Before adopting any diet in your lifestyle, make sure you also secure your loved ones’ financial future with Aegon Life’s iTerm Plus plan. This way you can make sure you and your family can live a holistic lifestyle without any worries. Go ahead, and get started!

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