What method do you suggest for someone to lose weight?
Do you have a diet? Then please share it.
Simple formula--expend more calories than you take in=weight loss. I use Weight Watchers. Simple to follow and effective when followed.
What has worked for me is that I quit eating junk and processed foods and started exercising. I don't believe that any diet plans (except Weight Watchers, because it teaches people how to change their eating habits for life) is especially good for the long term.
You have to learn to eat foods that are good for your body, how to understand true portion size and counting calories and you have to exercise. There is no magic trick or cure - Eat right, supplement your nutrition where necessary and move. I used the free site CalorieCount - you can also try sparkpeople. Both sites have active forums, free tools for counting and tracking your progress, food journals etc. and they are all free. It's a great way to get some virtual support and have all the tools you need at your finger tips.
The biggest thing is that it isn't simply as easy as calories in calories out. You can eat 1200 calories worth of processed garbage a day and lose some weight, but if you eat clean - meaning no sugar, white flour, processed junk, and mostly fruits, vegetables etc that are fresh - you will drop pounds much more quickly and your body will become healthier - not just smaller. Even thin people can be prone to heart disease and other problems if they are still eating garbage.
Count your calories and exercise regularly. If you jump onto one of these pointless diet plans you'll end up like the Atkins people who actually ended up gaining weight instead of losing it (and having significant health problems due to the fact that their bodies ended up trying to convert proteins into energy due to lack of carbohydrates which is a very inefficient, waste creating, and deadly process when you consider the heart is entirely made up of protein).
Hi James. I do have a diet. Actually, I'm the author of "One Size Does NOT Fit All Diet Plan: Meal Planning That Will Boost Your Metabolism, Break Through Plateaus, and Help You Achieve Maximum Fat Loss!" It was recently published in January.
I often hear that it's as simple as counting calories and exercise. But, it's not that simple. I have worked with thousands of clients over the last 10 years, and most people don't want to count calories. In fact, most find it tedious and time consuming. They hate it. It rarely ever works for someone who is trying to lose weight because frustration sets in and the diet stops.
Learning healthy nutrition habits is the first key. Yes, calories do count but only to a certain extent. However, counting junk food calories is non-sense. Replacing processed and junk foods is necessary. That doesn't mean fast foods are out of the picture. We just need to remember that fruit and raw veggies can be fast foods. In fact, they are faster to pull from the refrigerator drawer than sitting in line at McDonalds, Burger King, etc.
A balanced diet is also necessary. That includes lean proteins, healthy carbs, and essential fats. Green and colorful veggies should be top priority when it comes to carbs. Limited fruits and starches come only after those veggies.
Most people don't realize that natural (non-processed) foods are full of nutrients (i.e., vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients) whereas most boxed foods are not. Studies even show that natural foods are 50 percent more thermogenic (fat burning) than packaged and processed foods. So, it's not as simple as "calories in / calories out."
Nutrient timing is also important when it comes to losing body fat (not just body weight). It's important to eat according to your activity level, as well as to eat the appropriate foods for your activity. Your body and brain both require more nutrients when it's more active. It's just common sense. Thus, high activity also requires glycogen replenishment in the way of starchy carbs (i.e., oats, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.) after a strenuous workout. This keeps your thyroid and metabolism functioning properly.
Anyway, that's my two cents as a professional nutritionist.
If its weight that was put on over a holiday, and it's just a little weight, a quick detox would do the trick. (By detox I mean only eating fruit and veggies for a period of time). Or you could try fasting (juice fasting or water fasting) for a period of time. Both are good for the body.
BUT if you have been overweight for a long period of time, such as I was, you may need to work on the emotional and spiritual side of it, and not only the physical.
It's been proven that only 5% of dieters lose their weight and keep it lost after 3 years, so dieting does not work for the majority.
In this case, I would recommend the Get Thin for Good online weight loss program which helps people lose weight without dieting or using slimming pills, or going through cravings. It's a longer process of course, but it works to help change the way the person thinks about food, and this is where the problem lies with most of us - how we think about food.
Different plans work for different people. About 12 years ago it was thought that I was a Type II Diabetic. I went to a two-day course at the local hospital and learned how to count carbs.
I lost 30 pounds in about 10 to 12 weeks (was pushing 200). Over the years I have gained 10 pounds back but my blood sugar numbers are well within the normal range.
The secret to any diet is that it is not a two-week or six month commitment. It is a lifetime commitment. I still have a couple of Oreos now and then and enjoy Hershey Kisses and a cold light beer. I eat a high fiber breakfast cereal, do not eat between meals and count the carbs. I carb serving is 15 milligrams of carbohydrates. I have have three to five carb servings per meal. Breakfast is usually 3 to 4 carb servings, lunch is two to three and dinner may hit five and sometimes goes over. Men lose the weight faster than women--different metabolisms.
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