You could get on a different diet every month (for the rest of your life) and still not try them all. Your choices are literally endless. And with new ones popping up daily, that’s not about to change.
Given that, how do you go about finding the right one? More importantly, how do you know if the plan you’re on is actually working… and if you should stick to it or look for something else?
If you answered fast weight loss, you may be wrong. How can this be? After all, isn’t the point of going on a diet to lose weight? And preferably at a rapid rate?
While that may be true, it doesn’t mean you’re on the right plan. In fact, even if you are dropping pounds at a steady pace, there’s one warning sign (above everything else) that the diet you’re on is wrong for you.
And if you experience this on a regular basis, you should stop what you’re doing immediately because it’s not agreeing with your body.
I’m alluding to low energy levels. If you feel tired on your new diet, you’re either eating the wrong foods, not eating enough, or worse: a combination of both.
Let me explain…
Think of your body like a perfectly engineered automobile. And food as fuel. Now, when you put the right fuel in your car, it runs smoothly and lasts a long time. When you don’t, well… it doesn’t.
Likewise, being on the wrong diet is like putting diesel in a car that burns gasoline (or vice versa). It just won’t run.The same thing happens to some degree with your body.
Having said that, don’t confuse low energy levels with irritability and/or cravings. It’s natural to feel these any time you clean up your eating habits. It’s all part of the detoxification and cleansing process. However, these should either disappear completely or severely diminish after a few weeks.
If they don’t, something’s wrong.
So, now that you know that energy levels are the true benchmark of a proper diet, here’s how you can actually quantify them. And sure, you know whether or not you feel tired. But this little trick will truly inform you that you’re on the right track.
Carry a pedometer with you at all times. If the number of steps you’re taking each day are steadily rising, your diet is working. All that extra body fat you’re carrying is being burned for fuel. And this causes you to move. Furthermore, it comes natural (i.e. you want to get out and about; you don’t have to force yourself to do so).
Now, if you notice that you’re not moving more after a few weeks on your new plan, it’s time to take inventory of your eating habits. Are you eating enough? Are you eating the right foods? How do you feel after meals? Energized or tired and cranky?
By listening to your body (and with a little help from a pedometer) you can ensure you’re on point with your plan. After all, it knows better than anyone else what’s best for you. So, pay close attention and do exactly what it’s telling you.