Diet plans. Everyone has one and everyone’s is the best diet plan around. Whether they are referring to their own diet plan they’ve devised for themselves, got it from a magazine, or bought a book from the store, everyone thinks theirs is the ultimate.
But really what makes a diet plan good? Is it the amount of people who find success with it? Is it a good plan if just one person benefits from it? The truth is, there is no cookie cutter diet plan that works for everyone.
Each person is different, we process information differently, feel differently about things, and our bodies are different too. Some of us process carbohydrates, sugars, and calories easily, while others have a hard time. Your diet, whether losing weight, gaining weight, or trying to be healthier overall should be tailored to your body’s needs.
Keep reading to find out more about what a nutrition plan personalized just for you can do for your health goals.
Creating Your Plan
Before you begin personalizing your nutrition plan, you first need to know what your body needs and how much of it. To do this you’ll need to find a certified dietitian or nutritionist.
The best places to find both are your doctor’s office or a local gym. Both will have fliers, pamphlets, and be able to offer recommendations for reputable professionals.
Once you’ve found a dietitian or nutritionist and schedule an appointment, they’ll want to take some time getting to know you. They’ll want to know your lifestyle, eating habits, hobbies, likes and dislikes. All of this will help them to create a personalized nutrition plan that will work for you and your lifestyle.
You will need to make certain lifestyle changes, like eating habits, frequency of exercise, and even sleeping habits. But a professional personal diet plan will ease you into these changes giving you the best chance of success.
Your dietitian will also need to know your height, weight, blood pressure, body fat percentage, and lab work checking for elevated cholesterol. The goal being to ensure you are the healthiest you can be while on your plan.
Staying Focused and On Track
As with any plan you’ll need the support of your friends and family to help you stay focused and on track. While your dietitian, nutritionist, or physical trainer can all help with that, they aren’t with you 24 hours a day. It’s hard to maintain a diet if your family or friends are always inviting you to places you can’t go to or making meals you can’t have.
These challenges are common amongst all diets but can prove to be real problems when trying to stick to a generic store-bought diet plan. With a personalized nutrition plan, however, your dietitian will also meet with your family or close friends to help them support you.
Your family may have to make some changes as well to support you and your healthy lifestyle. Your dietitian can help them make these changes but typically won’t require them to change their life as drastically as yours. Dietitians are able to do this by meeting with and getting to know your friends as family as well. This will help them to fully understand your lifestyle, eating habits, and any obstacles you may face. Plus, it helps keep you honest with your dietitian.
Personalized Diet Plan Misconceptions
There are many misconceptions when it comes to personalized diet plans. For example, some believe that there is no scientific evidence to support personalized diet plans.
Science has been supporting personalized diet plans since the creation of the Recommended Dietary Allowances created in 1941. Since then these allowances have been expanded to include recommendations based on people’s age, gender, and stage of life.
There are many factors that can contribute to your dietary needs. And a lot of those needs can’t be found without lab work. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, and have the blood markers for the disease, then a personalized diet plan can be created to help you lessen the severity of the diabetes.
While there is no one dietary plan for everyone, there is little that anyone can’t benefit from when it comes to a personalized dietary plan. Contact a dietitian today and start living your best healthiest life.