When it comes to losing weight, diet is a big factor. After all, if our bodies are used to a certain amount of fuel, we generally have to reduce that amount to help our bodies start changing. However, a diet isn’t a straightforward math equation – because that same fuel is where we get the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that support every aspect of our physical health. Plus, a diet can affect our mental health, too.

“One of the biggest downfalls I see regarding most diet plans is about the effect that they have on your relationship with food and your body,” says registered dietitian Mindy Roth.

Balancing physical and mental health while pursuing weight loss goals was the focus of our conversation with Mindy on this episode of the For Health’s Sake podcast. During our talk, we discussed:

  • Diet plan red flags
  • How dieting affects the body
  • Limitations of trendy diets like keto and intermittent fasting
  • Tips for effective long-term weight loss

Talk to a doctor about a weight loss program

Finding the diet that works best for you can take some work. “Weight loss is not a linear process,” Mindy says, “and our bodies don’t follow someone else’s plan.”

This is where an expert can help. Your primary care doctor can make recommendations based on your current health, medical history and any medications you take, and refer you to a dietitian if necessary. It helps ensure that you get a weight loss plan that’s both safe and sustainable.