While it’s not easy to lose weight, it’s easier than trying to keep it off. One of the biggest problems faced by many people is that yo-yo weight gain that can occur. If 20 pounds is lost and the person ends his or her diet in triumph, it only takes a few months before it creeps back on and sometimes with a few extra pounds. It’s one reason dieting isn’t the route to take when you want permanent weight loss.
What? No dieting? What’s with that?
You might be surprised that I don’t recommend dieting, but my recommendation is based in both logic and science. Think about this, you stick to your diet faithfully for months and do lose the weight, what happens then? You end the diet and go back to eating habits that put on the weight in the first place. Let’s say your diet ends, which often occurs late at night with a cake, pint of ice cream or your favorite sweet. You throw all those goals out the window and go back to your normal eating habits that put on the weight in the first place. Either way, the weight returns.
Instead of dieting, which can leave you feeling deprived and hungry, try making lifestyle changes.
The best change you can make is to switch from dieting to eating a healthy diet. The difference is that healthy eating never ends. You can still eat some of your favorite foods, just not so much of it and not as frequently. Eating healthy involves learning to make smarter choices when selecting food. It may mean making substitutions to add nutrients and save calories, such as putting a dollop of Greek yogurt on your baked potato instead of sour cream. You’ll learn to cook healthier, cut out added sugar, eat more whole food and identify areas where there are calories you often fail to count, such as in soft drinks. When you learn how to eat healthy, you can eat anywhere and have a choice of healthier options.
Changing your diet isn’t enough.
When you lower your caloric intake, often you also reduce your metabolism, too. One way to ensure you don’t is to add exercise to your workout. Exercise not only burns calories while you’re doing it, it also builds muscle tissue. The more muscle tissue you have, the higher number of calories you burn 24/7. That’s because muscle tissue requires more calories than fat tissue does for maintenance.
- Tracking your progress is extremely important for taking and keeping weight off, particularly until you develop a healthy habit.
- Strength building workouts, such as lifting weights, are extremely effective in burning calories and great for weight loss.
- Not all exercises are the same. Some burn more calories while you do them and some provide after burn, extra calories your body burns long after the exercise ends.
- Check out the store. There are DVDs and downloads that will help you lose weight, tone and even help you track your progress. We even have some tapes to help you set your mind for fitness.