When dieting, pick a goal

Dr. Nicole Cousineau
Special to Riverview Register

Diet trends come and go almost weekly.  When it comes to choosing a diet most people  try whatever diet their friend is trying.  That friend read about it from someone on the internet and decided to give it a try.  The problem with this method is what works for one person may not work for another.

Every individual is different and that dictates that a person’s diet should be individualized as well.  

First when you are trying a new diet, it is important to pick a goal.  Why are you changing up your diet?  If you need to lose weight or are trying to heal some health issues, if things are done correctly you can meet whatever your goal you set. 

Choosing a diet that is right for you should be done with the help of a professional. 

I know that is not a popular answer, but it is the safest and most efficient method to achieve your goals.  There are so many factors involved in maintaining a healthy diet.  Often when people follow the latest diet trend, they don’t even know how to follow it correctly.  People will pick and choose what parts of the diet they can do and what they can’t.  There is probably a reason why you have to add or remove certain things from your diet.  If you pick and choose you could be adding to the problem and possibly creating health issues.

A simple commitment of making healthier decisions on a daily basis may allow you to meet your goals.  It is easier to start small and allows you to make permanent change.  It could be that eating fast food 1day a week instead of 3 days could create a change.  A simple change for any individual to make is to swap out 1 pop for a water everyday.  Then swap another and another until you are drinking more water than pop and you will see a positive change.

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