by Lisa Sitwell December 22, 2020 2 min read

What you eat has a very real impact on your health. For many people, one of the most impactful things they can do to improve their overall health is to find the right diet and stick with it. That's often easier said than done though. Not all diets work for everyone, so how do you choose the one that's right for you?

Consider Time and Money

Changing your diet requires you to invest time and money on your meals. This is especially important to consider if you intend to stick with your diet. The more significant the change you make to your typical eating habits, the more time you'll need to spend on planning your adjustments. Making a meal plan takes an upfront investment of your time, but it pays off when you're following it. Similarly, the money you'll be spending on food may seem like a costly investment, but it pays off down the road in improved health.

Consult With a Doctor

If you have specific dietary needs, you may find it beneficial to consult with a doctor before choosing a diet. The doctor should be versed in any conditions you have that warrant consideration, as well as an understanding of the relevant dietary needs or restrictions. Consider starting with your general practitioner. They should have a good understanding of your health history, so they may have valuable insight. If you need more specialized advice, ask them if they know of any specialists they can refer you to. It's a good idea to check their reviews before you schedule your appointment. More than 80% of healthcare consumers rely on reviews online before choosing a doctor. Reviews can give you an idea of whether or not that doctor may be a good fit.

Make Sure It's Sustainable

In order for your diet to have a lasting effect, it needs to be sustainable. That means you need to avoid choosing fad diets that you'll discontinue after a time. Commit to a lifelong dietary change that focuses on your health. You will likely find that you feel better after you adjust to it. Remember, if you don't take time for your health now, you'll take time to be sick later.

If you are what you eat, it makes sense to want to choose the best food to consume. To choose the right diet for you, you'll need to invest time and money on your meals. You may find it helpful to consult with a doctor for guidance. If you want it to be truly effective, make sure it's sustainable. This will help you make lasting changes that should have a positive impact on your health.

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