Diets don’t work. That’s right, dieting isn’t the answer to weight loss, at least not permanent weight loss. If you’ve tried dieting before and regained the weight immediately after you quit it, you know exactly what I’m saying. One of the biggest reasons diets fail is because they always end and then you go back to old eating habits that put the weight on in the first place. Before you know it, it’s as though you never shed a pound.
Learning to make wiser food choices is the only way to lose weight.
Changing eating habits isn’t the same as dieting. First, when you change eating habits it’s not restrictive like dieting. You simply learn how to choose healthier foods and make substitutions, such as Greek yogurt to replace sour cream for baked potatoes. That’s a minor change, but one that saves extra calories and all minor savings add up to big savings. You’ll learn to eat anywhere and still choose healthier options. If you have a particular food you absolutely love, you don’t have to give it up, just not eat as much of it, instead. You’ll also learn to eat more frequently and keep healthy snacks available to curb the desire for junk food.
Learning to cook healthier is part of the change.
The days of deep fried or pan fried dishes are over and broiled, roasted, baked or steamed dishes rule. One huge side effect will be that you’ll probably start feeling better once you give up fried foods. You’ll be amazed at the difference. You’ll also learn to make baked goods healthier by changing the recipe slightly. Unsweetened applesauce can substitute for some of the oil or sugar, for instance.
When you add a program of regular exercise, you’ll see pounds start to drop away and stay off.
While lowering your caloric intake and eating healthier is part of the answer, working out is the rest of it. When you exercise on a regular basis, you build muscle tissue and burn calories. Muscle tissue requires more energy to maintain than fat tissue does, so you’ll be boosting your metabolism and burning more calories 24/7.
Super low calorie diets are the worst type of dieting. Your body goes into starvation mode, which lowers your metabolism and makes it harder to shed pounds when it ends. Not only do you regain all the weight you lost when it ends, you gain even more weight.
One amazing result of exercise is extra energy. The more energy you burn exercising, the more energy your body seems to create.
You’ll sleep better at night when you exercise on a regular basis. A good night’s sleep can help you resist sugary junk food that adds pounds.
You’ll burn off the hormones created by stress that when left unchecked cause stress eating and abdominal fat.