Nutrition: 11 things to consider before starting a diet

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  • Author, Sarah Lienard
  • Paper, BBC good food

Want to try the latest popular diet? Whether it’s intermittent fasting or a low-carb paleo diet, make sure you have all the facts first.

It’s nearly impossible to keep track of all the diets that come in and out of the shadows. Add to that the emergence of healthy eating “gurus” on Instagram and YouTube and it can be even harder to distinguish between informed nutritional advice and fad diets.

Here are 11 key questions to help you determine whether a weight loss plan is right for you, whether it can be effective, and most importantly, whether it is safe to follow.

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1. Are you ready to start your weight loss journey?

It’s important to set yourself up for success. If you’re not in the right frame of mind or have too many competing demands on your time and attention, it’s probably not the right time to diet. Acknowledge this and give yourself space and time to prepare when the time comes.

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