Best Diet – 3 Key Features Your Diet MUST Have For Weight Loss Success

September 11, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

So you’ve made the resolution that THIS is the year you’re going to lose weight and get in the best shape of your life. You’re not going to settle for second best – you’re going to achieve that dream body you’ve always wanted.

Great news – this is actually the best time to make that commitment. Why? Because you can take advantage of the powerful momentum and energy a New Year brings to achieve your weight loss dreams.

But there’s nothing worse than committing to lose weight, only to get lost among the 5 gazillion diets out there. It can get confusing – you may end up wasting a lot of money and effort. You may end up wondering which diet is really the BEST diet for you.

In order to have rapid weight loss success, you have to find the best diet for you (a.k.a. the diet that will speed you towards your dream body at lightning pace). There are millions of diets – but only a few that are best for you and your lifestyle.

The best diet for you will have the 3 key features listed below. Choose your diet with these 3 key features in mind and you’re already halfway to your weight loss dreams.

#1 Proven Success Rate

Are there before and after pictures of people who have lost weight with that particular diet? Are there customer testimonials? Have there been independent studies done on the diet’s success rate?

The diet you choose doesn’t have to have all three of these but try to find at least some kind of proven success rate before choosing that particular program.

Finding a diet with a proven success rate not only lets you know that the diet works but it also helps give you the confidence that the diet will work FOR YOU.

Confidence is one of the most underrated factors in a successful weight loss program. If you’ve tried and failed with diets before you especially need that extra boost of confidence to carry you through the more difficult times in the diet. By reminding yourself that this diet has been proven to work – you’ll be able to keep going and reach your weight loss goals.

A related feature that gets extra points is if the diet has been recommended by an expert or a physician. Again this boosts your confidence that the diet is safe and effective.

#2 Affordable.

Losing weight should not cost you thousands of dollars (unless we’re talking about surgery here and that’s an entirely different article). The best diet will be affordable for the average person.

If the diet costs too much, be very suspicious and look elsewhere. There are too many shady diets out there and as a consumer, it pays to be cautious.

I’ll give you an example of what I mean:

A close friend of mine went to a well-known weight loss clinic in our area and was told she had to pay the yearly fees up front (around $1000 NOT including food). They also told her she had to buy their food in bulk (like $500 for a year’s worth of chocolate). When the chocolate gave her heart palpitations and she had to take it back, they told her it was non-refundable. She was out the money for the chocolate. Plus, she feels she can’t leave the program because she’s paid the yearly fees (which, you guessed it, are also non-refundable).

She unfortunately made the mistake of ignoring her instincts and paying way too much money for a diet program. If you notice you’re being asked for hefty fees right out of the gate, warning lights should be flashing in your mind.

Now on the other hand, the best diet WILL cost you something. It actually is better if you put some cash on the table for your diet program. Why? Because when we invest in something we’re more likely to stick with it. When we invest in something we are more likely to follow through and get the results we want.

For example I did a liver detox several months ago. I’m not really into liver detoxing but I read an article and figured I’d try it.

The detox kit cost me a whopping $50 and when I opened the instructions they told me I had to give up junk food for two weeks. In any other universe I would have laughed and simply forgotten about detoxing my liver. But because I’d shelled out $50, I was invested – I decided that I hopefully wouldn’t starve from lack of junk food over two weeks and suffered through it.

If I’d gotten the detox kit for free there’s no way I would have followed those instructions. But because I was invested, I followed through and now have a healthier liver thanking me for it.

So when searching for the best diet, putting out some money on yourself and your dreams of a better body is actually a healthy thing. Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t have to spend thousands of dollars on it.

#3 Compatible with Your Tastes and Lifestyle

This is THE most crucial step however it’s the one where most people go wrong. When choosing a diet, they simply pick one and go, without considering if it is compatible with their tastes and lifestyle.


For example, if you hate feeling deprived or empty you might want to choose a program that lets you eat many times during the day so you don’t feel hungry. If you get bored easily you want a diet program that gives you tremendous variety and flexibility. If you don’t do a lot of cooking or food preparation, you’ll want to look at a program where the food is pre-made for you.

Diets are like cars – there are hundreds of different models out there, each with their own unique features. And they can get you where you want to go. But your personality might fit better with certain features than others.

Dieting is hard enough. Don’t make it harder on yourself by choosing a diet not compatible with who you are. Setting yourself up for success will also guarantee that you’ll stick it out until you reach your goal.

And one other thing, the best diet will be one that you can get excited about. Choose a diet that you enjoy, that you believe in, that may actually be – gulp – fun.

Emotional excitement will fade in time, yes. But it can give you enough of an emotional push to get you over the initial hump. By that time your first few pounds will have come off and will serve as your continuing motivation.

So those are 3 key considerations when looking for the best diet. Keep them in mind and you will progress in leaps and bounds towards your dream body. Remember, planning now may seem boring – but it’s the key to your future weight loss success.

Vienna Miller is a contributing writer to Weight Loss Reviews – offering reviews of weight loss plans that work.

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Open Your Mind; Not Your Wallet For Weight Loss And Fat Burning

August 21, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

Our world has gone gadget crazy. Losing weight today is more about which machine will help you to get there the fastest instead of getting there in a slow, healthy manner. When the gadgets don’t work, weight loss surgery has taken the number two spot. The key to losing weight has nothing to do with the latest toy or the removal of the stomach, it has to do with remembering one important factor, The weight was not gained overnight!


The majority of people who find themselves overweight rarely weigh themselves on a daily basis. On the other hand, people who are actively trying to lose weight often weigh themselves two to three times a day. It takes a total of a 3500 calorie deficit to lose 1, simple pound. Those 3500 calories are not going to disappear between breakfast and lunch. The scale is not your friend during your weight loss journey, but, a tape measure will be.



Weight loss, especially for women, is a roller coaster of water weight. One day you may see a number that is 5 pounds heavier on the scale and the next day 5 pounds lighter. This fluctuation of weight, in some cases, is the reason people mentally sabotage their diets. They think that the scale is the center of the weight loss world and they rely solely on those numbers. Throw out the scale and invest in a paper or plastic tape measure to judge your weekly success.


The tape measure is not a costly device, it will not keep track of your calories burned or calories eaten. Your heart rate will not be displayed and it will not give you a pat on the back when you choose to eat the whole wheat bread over the processed white bread. It will, however, measure your success correctly and effectively. The inches we lose on our bodies are a real indication of a change in size not the numbers on a scale.


Another big misconception when trying to lose weight is the need for gym equipment in the home. A treadmill is nice, but there is always the open road. An elliptical is fun, but there is always hop scotch. Life is about living and living can not be a part of our lives if we choose to spend all of our time indoors. When trying to lose weight, work 2 to 3 exercise routines a week into your schedule that are outside workouts. They do not have to be jogs or even walks, they can be a game of pick up basketball with your child or a dancing to a favorite song with your spouse. When exercise is fun and there is no expensive machine staring at us, the weight will come off easier and the exercise plan will be more effective because you will stick with it longer.


Losing weight is one of the best and most difficult decisions of a persons life. While it seems simple to choose to eat less and move more, the mainstream media has taken the world by storm convincing us all that we need these expensive pieces of equipment to gauge our success and make our success easier. It was easy to gain the weight and that was the most unhealthy choice of all, I think I will work to get back to where I am healthy.

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Surgical Weight Loss – Understanding The Risks!

August 13, 2009 · Filed Under Weight Loss Surgery · Comment 

We take a closer look at the reasons over-weight people and their families are considering surgery to combat the extra kilos and what are the necessary facts anyone opting for this method of weight loss needs to be aware of so as to be an informed and aware consumer of health care products and services, especially in the modern context.


For those who have watched what they are eating and also tried out various exercise options besides fad diets, pills and gadgets promising weight loss but still find body beautiful eludes them, weight loss surgery may well be the answer to all their woes. But, how far is it safe? Is it a long-term option for weight loss and weight management both? What are the possible side-effects of going under the knife? Who can benefit from it? Are there any restrictions on your lifestyle after you go in for weight loss surgery? How much does it cost? What kind of procedures are followed for weight loss surgery and how can one decide whether one is ready for it or not? Which doctor is best for performing weight loss surgery? Does medical insurance cover weight loss surgery? What is the after-care requirement of weight loss surgery?

All these questions need to be addressed first before one opts for weight loss surgery.

First and foremost, weight loss surgery is a major step to take and only recommended by doctors in a worse-case scenario i.e. when no other options for weight loss exist for the patient and if a patient is fit for surgery and can afford it. Overly fat or really obese people are usually recommended to go in for weight loss surgeries and those at health risks for life-threatening diseases may be given the option of going under the knife as well, to get rid of the excess baggage.

Cutting edge technology has empowered weight loss surgery to be considered a viable option for many overweight persons who have undergone a series of pre-surgery tests, including procedures using advanced medical devices such as roentgenograms, lab tests for chemical, bacteriologic and pathologic determination of imbalances in the human body system apart from using monitoring devices that update the doctor about a person’s exact health condition, including any genetic disorders.

High clinical standards being strictly adhered for all these pre-surgical steps makes it possible for doctors and surgeons to make informed decisions and accurate diagnosis for a patient’s weight problem and to educate them about the best surgical option available to them, within a specific budget and timeline.

Many people may be overly concerned about their appearance and thus aspire to improve on certain body parts but others with excess weigh issues to deal with may actually opt for total body sculpting and weight loss. Weight loss surgery is best considered for the latter case scenario rather than simply cosmetic reasons as it helps people lead longer, healthier more fulfilled ones instead of simply more body/beauty conscious ones.

Thus, people considering weight loss surgery would do well to analyze their true health situation, research the process recommended for them, consult an experienced and qualified bariatric surgeon after getting the nod from their family physician as to the pros and cons of weight loss surgery for themselves.

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