About losing weight and keeping it off
If you are like many people who have been struggling to lose weight for some time, then you are probably familiar with the frustrating weight-loss/weight-gain roller coaster that most dieters experience.
The only way to get off of this dieting roller coaster is to avoid fad diet plans and, instead, to take on a comprehensive lifestyle approach to your health that you can maintain long term.
Fad diets that require individuals to starve themselves or to eat the same types of food for weeks at a time do not lead to weight-loss success. In most cases, people who follow such diets end up throwing their metabolism off. While initial weight gain may result, ultimately this weight is gained back after the person gives up on the unreasonable dieting approach.
Losing weight and keeping excess weight off for good requires lifestyle changes. There’s no getting around that. If you are ready to get on the path to a lifetime of healthier habits that lead to a trimmer waistline and overall improved health, you can begin today by making realistic changes that you can sustain indefinitely.
The following tips will help you to get started losing weight:
- Avoid processed foods – The next time that you go grocery shopping, choose whole-grain bread instead of white bread, brown rice instead of white rice, fresh fruit and veggies instead of canned products, and ingredients to make homemade meals instead of prepackaged meals
- Eat several small, healthy meals each day – Instead of bringing on large calorie-rich, nutrient-poor meals a few times per day, eat several small meals that are made up of wholesome ingredients
- Exercise – Even if you can only manage a 30-minute walk every day at first, get started on a regular fitness routine. Exercise is an essential component of weight management
- Cook at home – Restaurant food, especially fast food, is not created to trim your waistline. Take control of what goes into your meals by packing a lunch to take to work or school, and by eating at home more often.
If you have questions about losing weight and weight loss contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dietitian and nutritionist.