Trying To Lose Weight? Read This!
There are dozens of approaches for losing weight (special diets, exercise, fasting, surgery, etc.) and if weight loss is your goal, you’ve probably tried and failed in the past to lose weight and keep it off.
One size does not fit all when it comes to weight loss. While healthy eating habits, portion control and exercise work in the long run for most people, this approach may not provide the results quickly enough for some people. We’ve become a society of instant gratification and we want to see results that are significant and quick. That’s largely why extreme diets have become so popular. The problem (as we’ve previously discussed) is that extreme diets are difficult, if not impossible, to sustain over time. They may work great in the short run at kickstarting weight loss but eventually you will still need to learn and put into action a sustainable plan to keep your weight in check.
I’ve tried a half dozen weight loss plans during my life and, for me, the only thing that has worked was retooling my eating habits, learning portion control, avoiding processed foods, and regular exercise.
I grew up in a home where it was expected that we finished everything on our plate. Possibly that mentality is a throwback to the Great Depression era when nothing was ever wasted and that belief was passed down over generations. The “don’t waste anything” mindset always had me feeling guilty when I didn’t finish everything on my plate.
If you frequent restaurants as I do, portion sizes from the 1950s through the 2000s have been steadily increasing. If you feel like you have to finish whatever food is put in front of you and you’re eating out often, you’re likely eating DOUBLE the portion you should be. It’s extremely difficult to exercise portion control at restaurants. Unfortunately, meals consistenting of convenience foods have become the norm for many of us. With our busy work schedules, fewer and fewer families regularly sit down together and enjoy home cooked meals. If you live in a heavily populated area, healthy restaurants have become one of the fastest growing niches. But if you live in a more rural area, fattening foods and large portions are usually what’s for dinner.
Maybe in your case the reasons you’ve fallen into the trap of making poor food choices stems from something completely different. You may overeat due to stress, maybe it’s emotional baggage from your youth or adulthood, maybe your family has a long history of obesity and it’s genetically or habitually a part of who you are? The reasons for overeating are endless.
Regardless of the myriad of reasons many of us battle with weight issues, magic diet pills and quick weight loss fad diets are not the solution. Sure, they may work to jumpstart your weight loss but, in the long run, fad diets typically fail and diet pills can be dangerous.
Read these inspirational stories from real people about their weight loss journey. You’ll see different approaches have worked for different people. This article doesn’t conduct a follow-up study to see how many were able to maintain their weight loss and we are not necessarily endorsing any of the methods mentioned in the attached article, but all of these people made the first step to losing weight and that’s half the battle.
Regardless of how these people managed to successfully lose weight, maintaining weight loss eventually requires discipline, portion control, a well balanced diet, and staying active. There’s no escaping the fact that sooner or later, if you want to maintain a healthy weight, you’ll need to exercise discipline and restraint in your food choices.
If weight loss and healthy eating are your goal, write down your goals and be specific, set and follow good eating habits, and track your performance monthly. Changing years or decades of bad habits is not easy but with determination and a willingness for change, you can achieve anything!
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