Most people who read my articles and e-books know me as a science guy who likes to quote studies and apply research to everyday problems such as weight loss, bodybuilding, and other health / fitness related topics. But sometimes you have to step back from the science and look at the big picture to help people back into focus, so they can see the forest for the trees, so to speak.

For most people reading this article, finding an effective diet that works most of the time to have a look as complicated as nuclear physics. It is not, but there are a bewildering number of choices for diets out there. High fat or no fat? High carbohydrate or no carbohydrate? Low protein or high protein? Making matters worse, there are a million variations and combinations of the above diet scenarios to add to the confusion. It seems endless and causes many people to throw their hands frustration and give up. In this article I will try to change all that.

There are some general guidelines, rules of thumb, and ways of viewing a diet program that will allow you to decide, once and for all, if it is the right diet for you. You may not always like what I have to say, and you should be under no illusions this is another quick fix, "lose 100 pounds in 20 days," guide of some sort. However, if you're sick and tired of the confused, tired of the weight off only to put it back on, and tired of wondering how to take the first steps in dealing with the proper diet that will result in permanent weight loss is an article that could change your life ...

Is your diet to keep the "test"?
What is the number one reason why can not a long-term diet, above all else? The number one reason ... Drum roll ... lack of long-term compliance. The numbers do not, lies in the vast majority of people who lose weight regain and often exceed what they lost. You knew that you could not have?

Still, what are you doing to avoid it? Here's another reality check: virtually any diet you pick which follows the basic concept of "burning" more calories you consume - well accepted "calories in calories out" mantra - will cause you to lose weight. To some degree, they all work: Atkins-style, no carb diets, low fat high carbohydrate diets, fad diets in a way - it just does not matter in a short period of time.

If your goal is to quickly lose some weight, then pick one and follow it. I guarantee you will lose a little weight. Studies generally find a commercial weight loss diets will get approximately the same amount of weight off after 6 months to a year. For example, a recent study found the Atkins diet, Slim-Fast plan, weight watchers Pure Points program, and Rosemary Conley eat yourself slim diet, were all equally effective. (1)

Other studies have compared to other popular diets have come to essentially the same conclusions. For example, a study that compared the Atkins diet, the Ornish diet, Weight Watchers, and the Zone Diet, found that as a whole, their ability to take weight off after one year. (2)

Remember what I said about the number one reason why diets do not work, which is not observed. The recent study lead researcher, said:

"Our study found that adherence level rather than diet type was the primary predictor of weight loss" (3)

Translated, it's not which diet they chose per se, but their ability to actually follow a diet that predicted their weight loss success. I can only see the hands that now, but will be when the diet has to be better than others, right? " There are some diets better than others? Absolutely. Some diets are healthier than others, some diets are better preserve muscle mass when dieting is better to curb appetite - there are many differences between diets. However, while most of the popular diets will work given the weight off, what is absolutely clear that dieting is the most important aspect of keeping the weight off long term.

What is a diet?
Nutrition is a short term strategy to lose weight. Long-term weight loss is a lifestyle change in the result. We are concerned with lifelong weight management, not quick fix weight loss here. I do not like the term diet, as it is a short-term attempt to lose weight vs. a change in lifestyle. Do you want to lose weight quickly pile? Heck, I'll give you information about how to do that here and now free.

Author's Bio: 

Obexi is a combination of natural herbs and best natural pills for weight loss approved by US FDA.