How many times have you been able to lose weight or been successful on your weight loss program only to fall back into old patterns and abruptly put weight back on? The real secret to successful and long term loss is making permanent changes in relation to what you eat and how you exercise. All health experts agree that even a 5% to 15% reduction in your weight will not only improve your health but increase the quality of your life.
Your loss or gain is based on the amount of calories you consume daily and the amount of calories you burn off in a day. Simply put, a calorie is the amount of energy in food that is available through digestion. Ergo, to lose weight, and keep it off, you need to create a weight loss program or diet plan that includes taking in less calories than you use and combine it with regular physical activity.
There are many diets that limit your portions and you will lose weight but you are not satisfied with the meal selection over the long term and subsequently retreat to old eating habits. Design your own diet that includes a variety of foods you enjoy but also supply enough calories and nutrients to maintain proper nutrition. Include fresh vegetables, fruit, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products along with whole grains. Choose meats that are lean and eat chicken, fish, eggs, beans and nuts. Lay off the sugar and look for food that is low in saturated fat, trans fat and low in cholesterol.
You may not want to hear this but to lose weight and keep weight off you will have to include moderate daily exercise into your "keep it off" plan. Thirty minutes of moderately intense exercise daily, or close to daily, is necessary and combined with your weight loss diet will prevent the weight from coming back. You don't have to do 30 minutes at one time. Break it up into three 10 minute sessions or two 15 minute sessions. The key...Do It!
You are well aware there are hundreds of "lose weight" programs available and enough diet books to fill a 1000 warehouses. When choosing your initial weight loss product or weight loss program be aware that safe programs and diets will offer books, pamphlets, and other material written by professionals in the field. A safe program will offer qualified information about healthy eating plans and will advocate daily exercise. If you choose to buy prepackaged meals, be careful as they can be very expensive.
If you are overweight and in need of a program I urge you to take action today. If you have lost weight and want to maintain your loss follow the simple plan I have introduced. Whatever the case, here's to your continued sojourn to a healthier, wealthier, happy life. For recommended weight loss programs and diets click here.