A low fat high protein diet may start you off, then listen to your body.

A low fat high protein diet, low carb low fat, low carb high protein are all terms for various types of eating regimes. I use the word 'regime' because these eating plans all come with a connotation that you have to eat this way forever, making them difficult to maintain...and not necessarily the healthiest choice for you.

You're looking for the best way to lose weight, and these programs all suggest that they might be the way. The emphasis here is on may, they may not suit you at all, and then your body may change...and they might...so how do you know.

A low fat high protein diet may be the best way to lose weight...in the beginning.

Lowering the fat and sugar in your diet (and salt too), as long as you don't go overboard and eliminate all fats and sugars, is often one of the easiest ways to get the weight coming off regularly, and depending how overweight you are, rapidly.

While you're losing weight, try and keep your total grams of fat down to 40, or if you don't do a lot you can go down to 30 grams of fat per day.

This sounds like a lot of fat, but it's only two to two-and-a-half tablespoons, so you need to be careful. If you use a lot of fat in cooking you have to carefully check your labels.

This is where it can get difficult too...protein contains fat! So you need to check how much fat is in those proteins.

Another thing you need to be wary of, is that if you've been eating quite a high fat diet for a while, your taste buds will like the fat...in fact they'll have got so used to it, so it's going to take a while to retrain them and get them accustomed to a low fat high protein diet. Give your taste buds and your bodies time to get used to the new tastes...take it slow. The best way to lose weight is to take it slow, losing and maintenance is easiest with small consistent changes.

The best way to lose weight...what happens next?

One of the reasons that these different eating plans, such as the low fat high protein diet, the low carb low fat and so on, are proving popular is that they have worked for someone...of course, but be prepared to experiment and adjust based on what your body is telling you.

I started low fat, then went low fat low sugar, then low fat low sugar more fruit and vegetables, then low fat low sugar more fruit and vegetables...and concentrated on moving more...then it all changed.

My weight loss had slowed, I couldn't seem to shift it...then I started getting headaches and stomach aches, and severe bloating...what was going on?

I went and saw my doctor and a Chinese medical practitioner. Both of them asked me about my diet, and both suggested that my body might not be likely the amount of carbohydrates, particularly processed ones that I was consuming.

Now, I'd never had problems before, I've always eaten high carbs...but, I also know that the first place to look when you're body's sending you messages of alarm, is to your diet and exercise.

So I started reducing the number of processed carbohydrates in my diet. I started eating breads that were wholegrain, I stopped having high starch foods like white pasta and potatoes at dinner. But I stuck to things like sweetcorn and potatoes.

And I added a little more fat in my diet...from natural foods, avocado, and nuts.

It took about three weeks, over that time the headaches and stomach problems didn't get worse and started to lessen, in three weeks I felt much better and the weight was coming off again.

I don't know for sure if it was the carbohydrates, but just recently I noticed that I was getting headaches and bloating a little more frequently than normal...my processed carbohydrates has gone up a little bit, so I've started pulling back on them...to date it's working well.

Low fat high protein diet, low fat high carb diet, low carb high protein...adjust and adapt.

There are good points in all of these eating plans, and if one of them inspires you to start taking control of what you eat, then go for it, but listen to your body, notice the way you feel, consciously think about whether what you're doing is healthy, are you getting all the nutrients your body needs.

Also expect things to change, not only the way you look, but the way you feel, and that you'll have to adjust based on what works for you and your body...each of us is different, our bodies won't respond in the same way...keep your mind of giving your body what it needs. That's the best way to lose weight and keep it off, it's the best way to stay healthy too.

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