Maybe you've tried every diet that's come down the pike. You've eaten grapefruit to the point where you can't stand the sight of them. You've given up carbohydrates but still crave sugar, potatoes, and bread. Seeing that it was a losing battle, you gave up on every single effort.
The reasons you keep trying to lose weight may vary. You know you need to lose weight to improve your overall health or reduce symptoms of a disease, or you can't fit into your clothes, or you have a reunion to attend. There could be many other reasons. Regardless of why you want to slim down or how many times you've dieted in the past, if you desire to succeed at losing weight once and for all, you may be better served by following the example of those who've achieved their goal and kept the extra pounds off. Follow these tips to lose weight effectively and see the difference!
1Treat Weight Loss As A Lifestyle
To succeed, look at weight loss as a life change rather than the means to a particular end. You're not merely losing weight; you're committing to change your eating and exercise habits, so your health and life can improve. Learn all you can learn about food, the nutrients needed by the human body, and how to provide your body with the fuel it needs, rather than overfilling it with foods that will make it sluggish and unhealthy.
2Set Health And Fitness As Your Goals
Focus on your health and fitness instead of dieting to look good. Do not go on a diet for a short term goal like getting into a bikini or looking great for a class reunion. Instead, be more concerned about how the foods you eat affect your health.
3Eat With Proper Portion Sizes
Eating correct portion sizes will allow you to eat only the amount of food your body needs. Try to avoid going to all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants. It will tempt you to eat more than you normally would.
4Don't Turn To Food To Relieve Stress
Learn to work through frustrations, loss, and stress without turning to food. In many cases, those successful former constant dieters have turned to exercise as a means to release their stress. Emotional and physical stress is often the cause of why people resort to their old eating habits.
5Avoid Eating If You're Not Truly Hungry
Recognize when your body is starving. Discover how to recognize your body's signals to stop eating when you've had enough. Take heed of these signals rather than continuing to eat until you're stuffed.
6Don't Give Up And Seek Support
Rather than giving up when you've overeaten, decide to start again on the next day. This time, try to motivate yourself with your weight loss goals. Also, seek and allow support from others to motivate you. Getting a mentor who's a weight loss success, joining a support group, or including a friend to hold you to your goals will help spur you on to success. You will feel more motivated when you get help or support from others.
You may have had some success at losing weight, only to gain it back. Let's face it. It gets discouraging when you hear that most dieters will regain the weight they've lost within three to five years. With those kinds of odds against you, you may wonder why you bother.
However, these effective weight loss tips are given with the hopes that you can finally find the ideas that will allow you to break the dieting cycle. You don't have to be one of the many dieters who've failed. You can learn how to make changes in your eating habits to make the weight leave for good. Take your time, learn what your body needs, and then provide the nutrients and exercise to become healthy and happy.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."