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5 ways to identify your diet is healthy or requires a makeover
Are you following the right diet plan? This is one concern that often plagues our minds while following a diet regime. However, you may not be following the right diet plan in some cases. Your diet may not be healthy enough and may require a prompt makeover to ensure that you get back on track health wise. How can you identify whether your diet is healthy or requires a makeover? Here are some signs that firmly indicate that your diet needs a fast makeover.
Constant fluctuations in weight
Your diet plan may help you lose a bit of weight all of a sudden and this might just bring about renewed determination with regard to following your diet plan. However, if your body has stopped responding to the diet, you may just be witnessing fluctuations in weight and the lost weight may sometimes come back. If you are not getting the desired results, your diet needs a prompt makeover. Fad dieting can help you lose loads of calories but they only return after a period of time. Frequent weight changes are a surefire indicator of the wrong diet plan being followed.
Constant cravings and urge to cheat on the plan
If you end up cheating on your diet plan a little more than desired, your diet plan is not working for sure. An effective diet plan keeps you full and satisfied without recurring hunger pangs and cravings. Your diet plan should only aim at reducing or eliminating items that you can live without and moderate the rest. A diet is a lifestyle change and if you still have cravings and hunger pangs, you may be on the wrong track!
You lack ample energy and strength each day
Your diet plan should ideally give you increased energy and strength. If you are short on energy on a regular basis and feel quite weak, you should instantly change your diet plan. A balanced and healthy diet will always make you stronger and more energetic. If it is the other way round, be sure that your diet plan needs a rapid makeover. If you are skeptical about preparing balanced meals, you can make use of the recognized diet services. For instance, Nutrisystem excels in delivering balanced and portion controlled meals. You can also diet in a safe and healthy manner, as their meals are low fat, low glycemic, low sodium, low carb and low calorific.
You do not follow the recommendations of the USDA
Perfectly following all the recommendations of the USDA will never be possible unless each and every meal portion is accurately measured to the last detail. This is not possible from a practical perspective. However, your diet plan should at least be in sync with these recommendations especially with regard to the multiple nutrients required by your body from each food group. Many diet plans thrive on cutting out essential food groups and this causes damages and problems in the future.
Is tiredness your daily companion? If it is, this may be a sign that your diet plan may not be working. Crashes in overall energy lead to such tiredness and sluggishness. If fatigue overwhelms you all day, you may not be catching up on the right nutrition. You may be consuming the wrong foods at the wrong times. You may not be paying attention to spikes and changes in blood sugar levels and may not be consuming healthy snacks as well.
These signs are a clear indicator of the fact that your diet requires a makeover!
Jessica Robert passionately blogs about weight loss ideas and diet tips. Her blog displays helpful articles on easy dieting methods and weight loss ideas.
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