My new year’s resolution for the past three years has been to give up my existence on junk food and get going with a healthy, stable and safe diet. I have tried on numerous occasions during all these years to get to a plan which provided me the correct supplements to keep my body fit and healthy. I am however, going to make the same resolution next year too.
The reasons are aplenty, but in my opinion, the most important amongst them is that I have never been able to home on to one single plan which appealed to my taste and also gave me the required supplements to keep my body in shape.
The internet, the print media, the hoardings, advertisement corners, newspapers supplements etc. are all filled with numerous diet plans which will make you look like Rambo, and make your brain cell zoom into hyperactivity. They claim to be lifelong remedies for all ills. Wow! The truth, however, is far from that.
Remember the Morgan Spurlock story of eating for 30 days straight at a fast food joint and the consequent affect on his health. He filmed the state of his health during and after the 30 day saga and put that documentary as an entry to a film festival. His health got so bad that he got the best documentary award in the Sundance Film Festival for his documentary Super Size Me. He got it in the horror category. Gained 25 pounds in 30 days and got spooked or life.
The lesson is simple, No diet plan is perfect. At least, its not a one-for-all solution. A diet plan which might one day become ideal for me might turn out to be the worst thing that ever happened to you. A diet plan has to be made according to the health statistics of a person. So, what constitutes a safe health plan? Doctors and physicians around the world have grappled with this question for a number of years and almost all have converged to a common set of answers. What differentiates one plan from another is the implementation. They differ in the type, quantity and flavor of food used. The common characteristics of every plan are as follows :-
? It should be nutritious.
? It should provide an equal proportion of all natural elements to the human body.
? It must be timed in a manner that the person using it can adhere to it in the normal course of his activity. A diet plan which requires extreme change in living habits is bound to fail.
? It must have an equal proportion of watery and semi solid constituent.
? Avoid saerated drinks, liquor and red meat in excessive quantity while planning the diet.
? It must not be reward based ie. If you don’t exceed the limit today, you can eat an extra morsel tomorrow types…
? Must have variety.
? Ingredients mentioned in the plan must be available to the person using it. A person living in the tropical region cannot have the luxury of eating the GM diet.
? It must be simple to plan and easy to execute.
This list is not exhaustive, but essentially covers the common set available in almost all diet plans.
Now that sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? All these gems of wisdom are available on almost every website which boasts of weight loss, diet control and fitness. So why is no one happy with his diet? The problem lies in the combination of all these points being available in a single diet plan. The search is on and as I said earlier, I know my next year’s resolution; Find a safe diet plan.