Often people get lost in the idea that losing weight is all about the calorie counts.  While the number of calories you consume does directly affect your ability to lose weight it isn’t the only factor.  You must provide your body with healthy, balanced nutrition in order for it to function properly.  This can be very difficult if you are “picky eater”.  The more difficult it is for you to find foods that you like to eat the harder it is going to be to find a proper balance in your nutrition.  However, a personalized weight loss plan is going to do that for you.

New-york-_Medical-weight-loss-doctorWhen you select your diet center you will want to be sure that they have a dietitian or nutritionist who is going to help you create your own personalized weight loss plan that will be tailored to your individual strengths and struggles.  This personalized weight loss plan will take into account if you are a vegetarian, vegan, or diabetic and will adjust your balance of foods to meet those needs. 

The balance of foods that you eat is extremely important for a number of reasons.  First, when you lack proper nutrition your body can’t function properly.  This imbalance can cause a loss of lean muscle tissue and can cause the body to store fat.  Both of which, are the opposite of your desired effect.  In addition, it can dramatically slow your metabolism making it more difficult to lose weight and fat.   Additionally, when your sugar levels are not balanced they send off a chain reaction in the body that causes you to believe that you are hungry and to crave foods that are high in sugar and fat.  Again, sabotaging your weight loss.  In order to reduce those cravings and avoid that hunger feeling you need to keep that balance in your diet.   

Often times a prepackaged meal plan can be the easiest solution for picky eaters.  Prepackaged meals are going to offer you the convenience of being prepared and planned.  When you select a prepackaged meal plan the work of balancing your diet has been done for you.  This meals are individually portioned to allow for the proper calorie intake and provide nutrition in all the right food groups.  And all your daily percentages are easily and clearly marked on the packaged simply you’re tracking or counting of calories. 

However, if you chose the prepackaged meal plan route you still want to invest in a weight loss dietitian or nutritionist.   They are going to help you look at more than just the food selection available.  Again, balanced nutrition is the ultimate goal we are going for here.  They can make sure that the plan you are selecting does indeed offer you that right balance to help you lose weight faster.  They may also suggest snacks and additives to increase your body’s ability to burn fat.  The right balance will include protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats, and will offer plenty of fiber to help you feel full longer. 

There is also the option of preparing your own meals.  This may be easier if you food allergies as you will be more in control of all the foods that you are consuming.  A nutritionist or dietitian will be able to work with you to plan a weekly meal plan.  This will help to take the guessing out of your meal choices and make it easier to stay on track.  While also giving you a balanced meal plan.  In addition, they will also be able to give you recipes and ideas for substitutions in your own recipes that can make those meals healthier for you and more consistent with your weight loss goals.

Before starting any personalized weight loss plan take the time and consult with your doctor.  Your doctor will make sure that it is a healthy choice for you after reviewing your personal health needs.  Additionally, consult with your weight loss provider.  The more you can keep both your doctor and your weight loss provider worker together on the same page the more successful you are going to be at achieving your weight loss goals.  And the more they will be able to refer you to a personalized meal plan that will meet all your dietary needs and fit easily with your weight loss plans.

Ideally, you want to choose a plan that is well balanced, offers a variety of foods, and allows for healthy snacks.  This plan should work well when combined with your healthy, medically approved weight loss program.  Weight loss is about more than just counting calories.  By choosing a balanced diet, and combining that with exercise, and healthy personalized weight loss plan you are going to achieve your goals.   

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