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Simple Plan for Losing Weight

Updated on March 8, 2010

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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.

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    • dusy7969 profile image

      dusy7969 6 years ago from San Diego, California

      I realy like your tips and your tips are good.You tell in this hub how I can take steps to easy way to lose the weight.Thanks for this hub.

    • Amber Allen profile image

      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      Sound matter of fact advice which will definitely work if followed. Rated up!

      Amber

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      salvacion 7 years ago from naga city

      i am actually looking for simple ways to lose weight at this moment and i want to thank you for this article that opened my eyes again that it's not really difficult to lose weight, i just have to do it right and simple!

      thanks!

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      lctodd1947 7 years ago from USA

      Great info and the right info. So many of us do go on crash diets that do not benefits us in the long run. I am trying at the moment to loose some myself. I need exercise though...mainly...Thanks for this hub.

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Yup those are the 3 things everyone needs to do to lose weight. I also think a nutritional supplement or two never hurt if you are not getting everything your need nutritionally. Great hub.

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      Nemingha 7 years ago

      Good sound advice that most people, who are looking for a quick fix to their weight problems, do not want to hear!

    • Ann Nonymous profile image

      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Great job, Jennifer! Weight problems are a real dilemma so this day and age needs all the help anyone is willing to offer!

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Very nice.

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 7 years ago

      I agree, we don't need diets, we need a good lifestyle.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Good sound advice. My weight is spot on and all due to eating right, in moderation and frequent, plus working out. I love to work out! YOGA Baby! Peace :)

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A perfect advice and a well written hub. Thank you.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice plan.

    • Cedar Cove Farm profile image

      Cedar Cove Farm 7 years ago from Southern Missouri

      Keep plugging the Real Foods! Every little bit helps us small producers. By the way, my weight is where it should be-WHEW!