Weight loss is a hot topic any time of the year, but as spring starts to roll around, more and more people begin thinking about slimming down for the summer. If you go online to do a little research, you’ll find that the Internet is filled with information on weight loss, some of it factual and some of it not.
You’ll find articles discussing the benefits of low fat diets. You’ll find bloggers that believe that you need to stay away from gluten, sugar and carbs. Some popular sites discuss the benefits of counting calories. There are also people that believe elimination and fasting is the way to go.
Before you start believe everything that you read, you need to back up and wait a minute. These different approaches to weight loss may very well work. However, you aren’t going to do yourself any favors if you start focusing on little details and forget about the big picture. If you are going to lose weight, you have to select a diet that fits into your lifestyle long term. It’s not something that you are going to do for a few weeks and then forget about. If you want results, you have to make a lifestyle change.
This isn’t just random advice. Researchers agree that good diets are the ones that you stick with over time. In addition, one study indicated that some of the most popular weight loss diets (like the Zone, Weight Watchers and Atkins) were all about the same when it came to effectiveness. Dieters that kept up with their plan over time, however, lost the most weight regardless of the kind of diet they were on. Therefore, your commitment to what you are doing may be what ultimately affects your weight loss, not the diet that you go with.
Researchers found that dieters have very strong feelings about what works and what doesn’t. For example, some truly believe that carbs are the enemy and they cannot be consumed if you want to lose weight. There are so many books and articles out there that discuss weight loss. Not all of them are the same; there are a lot of different theories floating around out there about what works and what doesn’t. However, one thing that can be agreed on is that no one has found the magic formula for weight loss.
If you want to lose weight, you have to burn more calories that you eat. It’s pretty simple when you break it down like that. So, since you have to cut back on what you are eating, you need to do it in a way that makes sense for you.
It takes time to put on weight. You didn’t wake up one day fifteen pounds heavier. Losing weight is also going to take time. While many people are impatient for the process to get underway, you have to work hard at slimming down. You have to get into a routine and stick with it if you want to be healthy and reach your ideal weight.
A startling number of people lose weight and then gain back so much that they are then over their starting weight. This happens to as many as 66 percent of all dieters. It is important to mention this because many dieters don’t think about regaining weight. It happens when a weight loss goal is reached and the dieter thinks it is okay to start eating the way they did before.
There is really no point in starting a diet that you can’t maintain over time. If you do, you will lose weight but are almost certainly going to gain it back. Instead, find a “diet” that works for you, that you can do day in and day out. That is how you are going to find success.
What Diet Should You Try?
This is a very difficult question, because the answer is going to vary for each individual. However, the diet you choose must fit within these criteria.
1. It is healthy.
Don’t eliminate entire food groups. Don’t eat pre-packaged meals to the exclusion of everything else. There is no point in losing weight if you don’t improve your health as well.
2. It is manageable.
You don’t have to make one huge change. Instead, go with a few small changes. They are more manageable and you have a better chance of success.
3. It helps you learn.
Your diet shouldn’t just be a list of rules. It should also help you figure out how to know when you are hungry, what you need to do about food triggers and more.