Here’s an interesting question about weight loss. Do diets really work? The answer is that some do and some don’t, but in order to lose weight and keep it off, you have to change your mindset and stop dieting. I’ll bet that seems contradictory to some people.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t diet, but change your mindset from dieting to eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Losing and maintaining weight is a long term commitment and requires eliminating bad habits and developing good ones along the way.
Here are five steps you can take to guarantee your weight loss and weight maintenance goals:
- Make a realistic plan that you can stick to. Make sure your weight loss goals are realistic by determining how many calories you need to eliminate each day to reach your goal. There are free calorie counters on the web that can help you determine a good weight loss approach. Most experts will tell you that a safe and effective weight loss strategy is to lose 1 to 2 pounds per week. In order to lose 1 pound a week you have to eliminate 3500 calories through a combination of diet and exercise.
- Select a diet that makes sense and one that you can stick to. There are any number of diets available today, but make sure they contain lean proteins, whole grains, and plenty of vegetables and fruits.
- Make up your mind that you have to get active and start an exercise program. You can’t sit in front of the television and lose weight. It doesn’t work that way. If you’ve been inactive for most of your life, you need to start slow, but start. One caution, before you begin any exercise program, you have to talk to your doctor and perhaps get a physical.You can find a number of websites to learn how many calories you burn with any given exercise program. Here’s an example: A 150 pound person who walks for one hour at a pace of 20 minutes a mile will burn 250 calories.
- Take a look at your eating habits. Do you find that you always eat in front of the television? Do you eat when you’re upset or nervous? Do you always have to have popcorn and soft drinks at the movies? There are certain triggers that cause you to eat automatically without even thinking about it. You need to discover those and make a decision to eliminate those automatic trigger points. In addition to those, you also need to take a look at those comfort foods you crave. Foods like cookies, ice cream, pizza, etc. Those are the foods that will keep you from reaching and maintaining your goals.
- Now that you’ve identified those areas, find a way to eliminate them. The best way I have found is by using a combination of hypnosis and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming.) It’s a method of reprogramming your mind to look at food differently. Instead of relying on will power, which doesn’t always work and can be stressful, you simply learn to see food differently. It sounds easy and it is.The answer to losing weight and keeping in off then means changing the way you’ve always done it and decide that you’re going to maintain a healthy lifestyle.