- Diet & Weight Loss
Simple Plan for Losing Weight
The weight loss industry is huge in America. It seems people have forgotten how to eat real food and seem to jump back and forth between special diets and exercise programs. Many people I know are constantly trying new diets and struggling with their weight. There are diets that eliminate entire food groups, there are diets named after certain countries, there are even entirely liquid diets. I have no idea how that can be good for your body and from the results I have seen these are not diets that can last.
The word diet, in my opinion, should be banned. I have never known a diet that works long term. As soon as a person reaches their goal weight and starts eating their normal diet again they gain all the weight back. Pretty soon they have to go on a diet again. This cannot be good for your body.
There are three things that I think help someone to lose weight. I am not saying they are easy, but they are fairly simple. You have to figure out how to balance these three things to keep your body healthy and at a decent weight. You can find out how much you should weigh here. Everyone is different. We all have different metabolisms and different tastes and different energy levels. As you get to know your body you will be able to figure out what to do to lose the weight and keep it off.
1. Eat real foods. All that processed garbage that you mainly see on the grocery store shelves is not real food. And it isn't good for you. Those fake ingredients do not help your body; in fact they do the opposite. Most ingredients in processed foods are very bad for you. Eat foods as close to their original source as possible. This means lots of fruits, vegetables, healthy grains, dairy, eggs and good meat. Shopping the perimeter of the store is a good place to find these foods. If you eat these real foods cooked at home by you, you will be start living a healthier life.
2. Eat less. The average American eats 2150 calories a day. Twenty-five years ago it was closer to 1850. Combine that with a more sedentary lifestyle and you can quickly see why we are overweight. I would venture to guess that much of our daily caloric intake comes from drinks. If I am not careful and have juice, iced tea, milk and a glass of wine in the same day I can easily drink 300 or more calories in a day. And that doesn't even include soda or fancy coffee drinks from your local coffee shop that most people drink each day. There are plenty of online calorie counting sites. Try plugging in the foods you ate today and see where you stand. Chances are you are taking in too many calories. Eat less and you will lose weight.
3. Exercise more. As I mentioned above, Americans in particular lead a very sedentary lifestyle. This means we are not burning all the calories we are putting into our bodies. What can you do to get more exercise? If you truly feel that you do not have time each day to exercise for 30 minutes or more then take some small steps to force more exercise. Park at the back of the parking lot. Take the stairs not the elevator. Get up and walk across the office to talk to your coworker rather than use the phone. Figure out a way to get more exercise. Try taking a family walk around the block after dinner each night. Get some home videos. They don't have to be an hour long. I have many that have several 10 minute workouts. I can do one or three depending on how much time I have. Whatever I decide to do is better than nothing.
So there you have my three simple ideas for losing weight. Unlike a fad diet that limits one particular food or food group, the plan calls for a balance of all real foods, combined with as much exercise as you can get. Figure out where your balance is so that you can lose weight and lead a healthy life for years to come.