Picking up a diet from scratch can be really tough, especially if you don’t 100% know what you’re looking for. You have to balance whether or not you’re getting the right nutrition, how much time and effort you spend exercising, and most of all whether or not you’ll be able to manage it with your current schedule. Structured diets help to take that guesswork out by having certain diet aspects already prepared for you. The only real trouble comes from deciding on what kind of structured diet you should be looking at to begin with!
The easiest place to start when you’re looking through structured diets is to look at what you’re having the most trouble managing yourself. If you’re having trouble with nutrition, then maybe consider a diet that comes with a meal plan and set eating schedule that fits with how you already live your life. If you’re comfortable with balancing your meals without issue, then look a little harder at structured diets that include exercise schedules that are close to what you may have already been considering for yourself. The important part is that you find something that works and is balanced with your existing plans. Too much or too little of either leaves your diet lopsided.
Another thing that you’re going to want to consider is how much it’s going to cost. A lot of structured diets, “name brand” diets in particular, often come with a hefty monthly or weekly price tag depending on how the payment and diet plan is structured. Don’t invest a lot of time and money into something that you’re going to be transitioning away from, but still keep in mind that having a strong base to jump start your diet with can be worth it if you’re unsure of where to start.
Most of all you should be looking at what fits in with your current lifestyle the most already. Don’t go with fresh ingredients over prepared meals if you don’t have time to cook them and don’t pick up a hardcore diet with a rigorous and strenuous diet and exercise routine if you’re not comfortable with the level of fitness and effort required just because you heard it has good results. Find a diet that works for you and that you’re comfortable with, then work on finding a way to incorporate those ideals that you’ve learned and come to understand into your own permanent, healthy dietary changes!