Losing weight does not have to mean giving up all of the foods you love forever. Lose weight and keep it off without going on a diet.
The dreaded “D” word has many people running and swearing they will never diet for all the reasons under the sun. It could be that diet after diet has failed and the pounds lost always seem to find their way back and bring their friends. Diets imply restrictions, unfulfilled cravings and, day after day of telling yourself, “I’ll get back on track tomorrow.”
Going on a diet and not meeting your goals often leaves you feeling bad about yourself and confused about how to actually shed those unwanted pounds. A successful diet isn’t really a diet at all, but a new way of life that should be embraced and wholeheartedly accepted – forever.
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Eating healthy does not mean the end of eating foods you love. Healthy eating keeps you satisfied, full of energy and feeling great. If you are eating the right foods, your body will feel better, and you will have more energy. Eating healthy can also allow you to treat yourself in moderation, to the foods you cannot live without.
Eating foods that are lower in calories allows you room to eat more throughout the day. Eating more throughout the day, will keep your body fueled and in calorie burning mode. Cutting out foods high in carbohydrates, reducing the amount of starchy food and cutting out sodas will all lead to reduced calories. You can replace white potatoes with sweet potatoes, bake your foods, instead of fry and add more vegetables to all of your meals.
Eat Well and Exercise
There is no magic formula or secret for losing weight. If it were so easy, few of us would be overweight. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is to eat well and exercise. So, while losing weight may not be easy, the math part of it is!
Watch Your Calories
One pound of fat is about 3500 calories. So you must take in 3500 calories fewer over a period of time to lose one pound. Or you would need to burn 3500 calories over a period of time to lose one pound. If you take in fewer calories and exercise to burn more calories, you will be on a steady weight loss journey toward your ideal weight goal. Simple!
So, if you’re serious about losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle, the answer is in eating healthy, exercising regularly and allowing yourself to indulge responsibly and in moderation, in the foods you love and crave. No diet necessary!
See also: Weight Loss and Emotional Eating, Hidden Calories that Can Sabotage Your Dieting Efforts