We have all seen the multitudes of diet plans on the market today. So how do we choose which one is the best for us in terms of actual weight loss and health. Weight loss and health go hand in hand. If you have one you have the other. Many of the quick weight loss diets on the market today are usually just a temporary fix. You lose weight very quickly and then in a few months you have put all the weight back on and in some case you put more weight on. Most doctors will tell you that these quick weight loss diets are not the way to go. Losing weight in a slower manner is usually better for your long term weight loss and your health.

The United States is number one in the percentage of obese people. And it's really not all that surprising because we have a fast food restaurant and a donut shop on every corner in every town in America. We are a fast paced sociey that is always in a hurry, so fast food is convenient. Consider how fattening a fast food hamburger is. A 1/4 pound single hamburger at Wendy's is 470 calories with 190 of those calories coming from fat. A Whopper from Burger King is a whopping 670 calories with 360 calories from fat. Add a piece of cheese to that Whopper and now you are at 770 calories with 430 calories coming from fat. Add fries and a drink and you are probably over your caloric intake for the day. And guess what, in a few hours you are going to be hungry again. Now you can see why we are the leading nation for obesity in our society. These are scary numbers. And our children are at even a greater risk than we were as kids because of single parent homes or homes where both parents are working. Mom comes home from a hard day at work and she doesn't want to cook so what do they do, yup you guessed it fast food. 75 percent of the children in the United States are overweight or obese. What does all this mean?? It means that our children who should live longer than the previous generation won't.

So what can we do. Find a great diet plan. Cutting of calories from your daily diet is a weight loss plan. In any way that you can. Eat only 2 meals a week from the local fast food joint and you cut hundreds of calories from you diet. Eat only two of your favorite cookies instead of half the package. Add more fruits and vegetables to your daily food intake. Cutting down on red meat and adding fish and poultry are good things to do for weight loss and your health. Cutting 500 calories from your diet a day results in a weight loss of 1 pound a month. Add exercise into the equation and you will lose more than a pound a month. All these things are easy to do if you have the right mind set. There are also weight loss plans out there that are good if you can stick to them and afford them. But in my opinion, and I have been watching what I eat and exercising for a bit over a year now and have lost and kept off 31 pounds, you should take a good multi vitamin to replace things you might not be getting in your diet. A friend of mine who is a hair stylest told me once that she could always tell which of her clients were on a diet, not by the weight they lost but by the condition of their hair. I found this very interesting. She said that those who were dieting had dull and lifeless hair. She then asked me why my hair still looked good. I told her I didn't know why. She was testing me. She said that those who diet and take a multi vitamin had wonderful hair and those that didn't take a multi vitamin had dull hair. Interesting.

One more thing I have found about the whole dieting deal. If you lose weight for a loved one as opposed to doing it for you, you will probably fail. Resentment kicks in and not only will you give up, not lose any weight, but you may end up being mad at the person you were losing weight for in the first place. But if you do it for yourself the motivation is greater and chances are you will succed. Don't give up on yourself, believe you can do it and you will. And wow you will be surprised how good you feel.