The question of how to lose weight and keep it from coming back has beleaguered people for decades. The daily stresses of life, all of the delicious temptations we face, all of the quick convenience foods available, and the constant bombardment from the media only add to the constant struggle overweight people face. The result of this problem is a seemingly endless line of diet and weight loss products, tips, and tricks. All of these elements add up to just one thing: weight loss failure.
You can manage your weight effectively and even achieve your weight loss goals. The process does not have to be difficult. Achieving and maintaining a reasonable weight is essential to leading an overall healthy lifestyle. Not only are the health benefits many; you will look better, feel better, and have more confidence. When your body mass is balanced proportionately your body is under less stress, thus lowering your chances of serious health risks such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
In order to lose weight and keep it off for good, you need to analyze your previous diet attempts, find out what went wrong, why they did not work, and to take a look at your current lifestyle. Really look at what your food and fitness behaviors are, and what mistakes you tend to repeat. Do not get discouraged, and do not be too hard on yourself. Once you have taken an in-depth, and truly honest look, you will be more likely to make the needed changes and set up a plan that will work for you, meet your specific needs, and help you stick with your changes for the long term.
When setting up a personal plan, keep a few basics principles in mind: weight loss is a simple math formula that involves burning more calories than you consume. Proper diet plus exercise will equal results. Another way to look at it is: calories consumed minus calories burned equals weight loss or weight gain. This does not mean that you need to eat less food; you just need to eat better food. You can still eat the same volume of food, possibly even more food, and still reduce the number of calories and the amount of fat you take in.
Here a few eye opening facts to keep in mind throughout your weight loss process: A single 3-ounce serving of fried potato chips packs nearly 470 calories. Substituting 2 cups of lightly salted air popped popcorn for those chips gives you a 60 calorie snack; a savings of over 400 total calories. One can of soda contains roughly 150 calories. If you substitute plain water, or even club soda with a twist of orange, lime or lemon, you still get a tasty drink that contains only 2 calories; a total savings of 148 calories. These are just a few examples to help illustrate how you can still enjoy treats, still eat enough food, and yet save yourself a good deal of fat and calories. This is a perfect example of how changing your mindset just slightly can help you lose the weight, and keep it from coming back for good.