Have you lost weight in the past only to regain it a short time later? Have you been on any diet including Atkins, South Beach, the Drinking Man’s Diet, the Peanut Butter Diet, or even the Chocolate Diet? All of these diets work, and none of them work, which means that you can and probably will lose weight on any of these diets, but you can’t hold out. Why not? Because there will come a day when the diet is over and you are completely back to your normal routine; the same routine that made you fat in the first place.
In the past, diets included a warning not to stay up longer than the prescribed period; usually two weeks, some only three days. Today’s popular diets try to style themselves as lifestyle choices, but this doesn’t work either. People want to be able to eat a sandwich now and then. They want the burger and the bun! Strive for balance in choosing foods that you prefer, and you’ll have a higher chance of lasting weight loss success.
Small changes: big answer to weight loss blues
Start today and work day by day by making one or two small changes, like switching to the calorie-free soda and then weaning yourself to two or less a day (if you’re drinking more than that now, of course). Changes don’t have to be drastic. In fact, you never manage to make any drastic changes in your lifestyle because while you may be happy at first, you slowly become miserable towards the end. In fact, that’s the problem there: you expect an end.
Weight loss comes down to choices
Talk to people who have lost weight and kept it off. They will say, “This is a lifestyle.” It’s about choices you make every day. Do you choose to take an extra portion, even though you are nice and full? Change that one behavior and you’re on your way. Do you choose to take the bag of chips to the bank? Change that, just quit eating on the couch altogether and you’re one step closer. End the habit of taking a few bites on the way down the candy bowl, which alone can shave a few pounds. I once lost eight pounds by simply leaving out the candy bowl I kept at my desk (not to mention the money I saved by not buying a few pounds of candy a week).
Pick one little habit or behavior at a time, not your entire existence, and you’ll have a much better chance of reaching your weight loss goals.