Diets and weight loss programs are a big business. In fact billions of dollars are spend yearly on various products that promise to help you to lose weight. How can one sort through this toxic weight loss and dieting merry-go-round of conflicting information and misinformation offered by the high protein, low fat, low-carb, high carb, gluten, vegan, paleo and other diets?
All this information and material leaves one thoroughly confused and mislead. And like jumping from one bad relationship to the next, most overweight people jump from one diet to the next and in the long run never lose the weight anyway.
You Can Stop Your Weight Loss And Dieting Merry-Go-Round
To stop the weight loss and dieting nonsense, you need to realize that there is a problem with most of the fad diets or restrictive diets on the market. They are not at all sustainable. Severe restrictions, starvation and fads is a completely wrong way to go about dieting and losing weight.
As a matter of fact I should not even say dieting because weight loss is not about dieting. Weight loss is about adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy eating plan and some exercise. It just revolves about changing your eating habits without ever feeling hungry or deprived.
As well, you need to consider a few few points about weight loss in order to succeed…
It is all about you. Before you even start on your weight loss program you need to decide why you want to lose weight. If you can say that you want to do it
- because you want to be healthier
- because you want to spend more quality time with your kids or a spouse
- because you want to look better to yourself
then you have a good chance to succeed. You see, there is no way you will succeed if you are going to do it for someone else. This is all about you and if you want it badly enough for yourself the success will get within your reach.
Alter your mindset. Weight loss and eventually weight management is not a short term goal. Over time you have developed eating and living habits that caused you to gain weight. These habits will have to be changed. You need to begin this process by slowly changing the old and adopting new eating habits that you and your family can live with.
Set realistic goals for yourself. Most people expect to lose weight very quickly. And many diets even promise you that. How many times have you heard: “with “Such and Such Diet” you will lose 14 pounds in 2 weeks”. Sure, I can likely show you how to do it in my next article, but even if you are one of the fortunates who will succeed in that, what follows is a very slow climb down. You have not gained your weight in a short time, so don’t expect it to disappear overnight.
The problem is that most people do not realize that to lose one pound takes 3,500 calories. That means that if your exercise pattern (or lack of) remains the same you will have to intake 500 calories less than what you are used to, in order to lose one pound per week. Typically, with a good eating plan and a bit of exercise you should be able to lose 1-2 pounds per week. A slow and steady weight loss usually leads to permanent weight loss.
For example, if you skip the doughnut or a muffin you may save 200-300 calories in your diet. If you briskly walk for 17 minutes per day you will lose 150 calories. Just by following these two steps you may reduce your calorie intake by between 2450 – 3150 calories per week (almost a pound). That was not so difficult, right?
I like the image below. We don’t even realize that a small weight loss per week can amount to a significant weight loss in one year.
Everyone thinks that a year is a very long time. It is not. Time flies. So the bottom line is this. Persevere, do not get discouraged by low results. As long as you are losing weight and getting into shape you are getting healthier, and that is all that matters. Stick to the diet or a weight loss plan that is sustainable and not some fad. And, before you know it you’ll be back in your “skinny jeans”