“The best things in life are free, ” says the famous song, but if so, why do we keep on paying for stuff?
Diet plans come in all shapes and forms. Some are books, other are membership clubs where you have to go to scheduled meetings, and there are online programs which you download to your computer or use while surfing the web.
And, there are all sorts of Free Diet Plans which are widely publicized and which anyone can use. One of the most famous examples reviewed on this site is the GM diet which is freely accessible online.
It’s nice having stuff for free. You feel like you’ve beaten the system and got away with something you shouldn’t. It’s nice to get your money’s worth… without having to spend any money to get it (-:
However, there is a price to pay for using a free weight loss plan and while it may not amount to dollars and cents, it is still something that you need to consider before deciding to use such a program. The truth of the matter is that many “free” diet plans have certain problems and issues that you need to be aware of before you begin using them. Some of these problems may affect you while others may not. Just make sure you know about these issues beforehand:
Unknown Sources and Creators
Many diets have no known creators. They just sprang into being out of thin air and no one has admitted to creating them. Why is that? Perhaps because some of these diets aren’t really that good.
In some cases, the origin of the diet has become pure myth. For instance, the Israeli Army diet is told to have been created by the Israeli army but this is not really the case. The truth is that no one knows where this diet came from but it certainly didn’t originate in Israel.
This also raises questions as to why such diets should work. No one understands or knows by what logic these programs operate, why do they contain these foods and not others, these meals and not others. No one knows anything. Since your body will be affected by these diets, it’s appropriate that you consider this.
Lack of support
As there is no known creator of these diets, there is also no support system for them. This is also true of many diet books but is certainly not true for online weight loss plans. While support is not mandatory and some of the more simpler plans don’t really require them, it is often the case that you have questions to ask about certain elements of the diet you’re on. You won’t find anyone to answer your questions about free diets (unless you resort to dubious forums and answers from unknown people).
Many of the free weight loss program I’ve encountered are also very simplistic (what some people call fad diets). They often suggest that you eat a lot of a certain food like the Grape fruit Diet or have short and unexplained eating guidelines which are often very low in calories.
The truth is that if you’re looking to cut down your calories without really giving it too much thought that you don’t need a weight loss plan at all, free or otherwise. You can just eat less. So, you can easily create your own plan.
Specialists like to get paid
What would you do if a doctor offered to treat you for free? I would have my suspicions as to why he or she are doing it and if they’re a doctor at all. The truth of the matter is that I like to be paid to do what I do for a living and so do nutritionists and physical trainers. They went to school and they want to earn some money. There’s nothing wrong with it as long as the knowledge they give us is of high quality.
I know that to get high quality knowledge and guidelines I need to pay and I’m alright with it. For instance, I can’t expect a nutrition expert like Isabel De Los Rios who has a clinic, is a well known speaker, to share her knowledge for free. She charges an affordable price for her program and I am happy to pay for it. And this goes for many of the other experts reviewed on this site.
You can use free diets. No one is stopping you. However, you can’t blame anyone if you fail. The truth is that it’s often better to pay a little to get high quality material. The results make it very much worthwhile.