By now, you may have been riding the weight loss merry-go-round for quite some time and are ready to jump off. You have followed one regulated diet after another (the Zone, the Cabbage Soup Diet or the Atkins Diet), ate prepackaged or powdered foods or MREs (meals rejected by Ethiopians), counted calories, relinquished taste in favor of low-fat, according to the support groups. And you may have even lost some weight – only to see the pounds reappear after you leave the program. Every year, 100 million Americans go on a diet and up to 95% of them regain all weight loss within five years.
Such a weight loss plan can be a very temporary way to get started, but realize it’s not for the long term. Remember, anything you can do in a few days can be undone in less time. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends adopting healthy eating habits, rather than impatiently following a crash diet or rapid weight loss plan hoping to lose unwanted pounds in a few weeks. Weight loss results from consuming more calories than you consume. Therefore, the only rational way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than you spend on daily activities, and this process takes time.
Change your lifestyle:
Constant weight loss may seem like a distant dream, too good to be true. But a combination of a sensible diet and moderate daily exercise can help you make this dream come true. As a weight loss plan, exercise alone isn’t that powerful, but when combined with a good diet, it can be deadly for obesity. Exercise in conjunction with diet leads to more weight loss than any other weight loss plan. This does not mean that exercise alone is worthless. Physical fitness is definitely good for you and is more effective in reshaping your body than it is in shedding sagging skin.
Exercise helps build muscle and burns more calories for fuel. Exercise helps burn excess calories, and starting a regular exercise program is critical to any weight loss plan. For that reason, those involved in manual labor are rarely obese. In most cases, obesity is the result of a sedentary lifestyle. Lack of adequate physical activity contributes to causing obesity in the first place. While it is true that that exercise stimulates the digestive system and makes the person more hungry, one can easily satisfy this increased hunger by consuming large amounts of low-calorie foods. However, physical activity doesn’t have to be overly or overly strenuous to be effective.
Eating healthy is the best way to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. A balanced whole food diet – containing a variety of vegetables, fruits and grains, raw seeds and nuts, beans, fermented milk products, fish, and poultry – is the best prescribed weight loss plan to achieve your ideal body weight. A good weight loss plan should be based on a well-rounded diet, as a deficiency in one or more nutrients can interfere with your weight loss goals.
If you’ve tried to lose weight before, consider what you did in the past that didn’t work for you and start from a different place. Establish a pragmatic, healthy weight loss plan for yourself and be clear about the reasons why you are re-doing this process and what you are willing to do to achieve success. Rather than a diet that works for everyone, understand that everyone needs a unique weight loss plan to lose weight and get back to health. You know yourself well, what works and what doesn’t work for you. Give yourself the tools, knowledge and support to achieve your goal. Ultimately, you are the one who has to decide whether losing weight and other lifestyle changes improve your health.