Common Sense Weight Loss Made Easy

Diets - Been There, Done That

We have all been there, the weight loss advice from friends and relatives. The new fad diets guaranteed to help you loss weight. Stay away from carbohydrates, keep with an all low fat diet program, its just confusing. So many dietitians will tell you these and other dreadful stories they have heard from their patients.

Common Sense Weight Loss

With the overabundance of the latest magazines at your grocer’s checkout counter, or the multitude of titles at your local bookstores in the health and nutrition aisles, everyone is confused. It becomes overload as we are bombarded by all of this information. It’s no wonder we as the consumers are confused on what is right in a sensible weight loss program.

Dieting Questions

Most dietitians suggest seriously asking these basic questions first about any plan before starting:

1. What claims does this diet have to weight loss?

2. Are specific food combinations in this diet required?

3. Does this diet claim it can help you loss weight and keep it off?

4. Will you have to give up your favorite foods for this diet?

5. Is this diet claiming to be a miracle cure?

Dieting Answers

If the answer way yes to any of these questions above, there is a really good chance that this is not the diet for you. It’s very doubtful that you will find any success with them. Which begs the question of, how does one achieve long-term success in the pursuit for sensible weight loss? Is there a practical way to achieve this weight loss without the constant struggling many of us have? These tips are what most dietitians have been advocating for years:

  1. Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip it. Studies have shown that a healthy morning meal will continue your good eating habit throughout the day.

  2. Learn to eat slowly. Appreciate the taste of the food your eating.

  3. Stop eating when you’re full. You don’t have to clean your plate no matter what your mother told you.

  4. Plan your meals ahead of time. If you schedule them, chances are you’ll stay with a more healthily menu.

  5. Pay attention to how much you put on your plate. Choose to portion size your meals.

  6. Find at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week to do some sort of exercise.

  7. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables (at least five servings a day) along with some whole grain carbohydrates.

  8. Journalize your eating. Keep track by writing it down.

  9. Set yourself up for success in your home by not bringing in unhealthy snacks and high calorie foods. Make sure that you have healthy foods easily accessible.

It's A Lifestyle Change for Dieting

Losing weight and keeping it off is a lifestyle change. By making the commitment to modify your eating habits and getting the exercise, your chances are very good. As with a lot of choices in life, weight loss is not easy. Sure you could restrict your calorie intake and loss a few pounds, but it would not last.

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