Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Long Term Weight Loss-Fad diets Not The Answer

It is actually pretty easy to lose weight, but the hard part is keeping it off. Long term weight loss may seem impossible, but it can be done if you stick to a few basic guidelines. Imagine how great you will feel when you are able to take off weight and keep it off. No more roller coaster dieting. Hooray!

Fad diets can and do work, but they are designed to only work on a short term basis. The reason for this is simple: if they worked on a long term basis, then there wouldn't be anybody left to buy the next fad diet when it came along. That's not to say that there is some vast conspiracy, however, it is clear that it is in their best interests to make fad diets work for only a short time (if at all).

If you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off for good, then here are a few things you can do:

1. Skip the fad diets. Yes, fad diets sound awesome, and some of them do work for a while, but they are not designed to give you lasting weight loss. Instead, follow a weight loss plan that takes a sensible approach and focuses on changing habits as opposed to relying on cheap gimmicks. To put it simply: think habits, not gimmicks.

2. Eat a variety of food. Trying to restrict the foods you eat, especially if they are the foods you love, will only make you want to quit your diet. Sure, your willpower may be able to carry you through a tough spot or two, but chances are that you will eventually give into temptation. However, if you eat a variety of foods, then temptation won't have a chance to get a foothold, and that means you will have any easier time losing weight.

3. Moderation is the key. As you have already seen, you can eat the foods you love and still lose weight; however, you can't gorge yourself on doughnuts and double cheeseburgers without gaining weight. Remember, we are talking about moderation here, and that works both ways. You shouldn't eat heaping piles of junk food, just as you shouldn't avoid whole groups of foods or eat tiny portions that are unsatisfying.

4. Support. Surrounding yourself with people that are genuinely interested in your health will be a great help to permanently keeping off the weight. Be careful here, as some friends and family will be jealous and may try to sabotage your efforts. Do your best to not let them get to you, and associate more with the people who really care.

5. Lose weight at a steady pace. There are plenty of diets that promise the ability to lose 5, 10 or even 20 pounds in as little as one to two weeks. However, it is far better to lose 1 or 2 pounds per week, every week, than it is to lose 20 pounds in two weeks, only to gain it all back later. By pacing yourself you will be more likely to stick with your plan, and that's vital to long term weight loss.
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