There are A LOT of diets out there, but when trying to decide on the diet that is right for you it is also important to consider A LOT of factors!
Since there is so much to contemplate, FitPerez reader Jess wrote dietician Lisa DeFazio for some healthy help, asking:
How do you decide what kind of diet to go on? Instead of limiting different foods is moderation the key for everyone? Also, how many calories should you eat a day if you want to lose weight in a healthy way?
According to Lisa D:
There are so many diets, some good, some very bad. There are many diets that work, and there are some factors to consider when choosing a plan to follow.
First consider your lifestyle. Do you cook and go to the market, or do you eat on the run? Do you have any health issues? I recommend getting a full physical, blood pressure and complete blood work (including a lipid profile, B12, iron, thyroid, blood glucose, etc.) to determine if you have special dietary restrictions.
For example, if you have high cholesterol, you need to cut down on animal products, if your blood glucose is high, you should follow the diabetic guidelines and cut down on sugar. The general rule for weight loss is that women should consume 1200 to 1500 calories per day and men should have about 1600 to 1800 calories per day. Any calorie level below 1200 calories per day is considered a medical weight loss program and you should see a doctor weekly, as you are more vulnerable to complications.
Overall, moderation will work if you have the discipline to stop at one cookie or 5 chips, but not everyone has the discipline to do this! Personally, I do not keep the junk in the house because once I start I want more, so I just avoid it!
For more great dietary advice, shoot Tips@FitPerez.com an email, then check back to see if Lisa answers your question!