Obesity has overtaken sop many of us that it has become a national epidemic. But with the modern pace of life and the demands on our time many of us are working every hours the good Lord sends us. So we are going to need some help if we are ever to get back to a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle. By the time I have done my 10 – 12 hours at work, travelling to and fro, taking kids to school and sport, the last thing I feel like is wading through some complicated cookbook to make a healthy meal for my family to eat. Buying take out is easy, fast and convenient. Although deep down I know this is a adding to the problem I seem to lack the time to find an alternative and anyway the family loves it.
So what is the solution? Can you help me? Can you help me with easy diets anyone can follow to lose weight? Yes I can. Not only are there easy diets to follow, they offer tasty foods, are easy to prepare and they cost a lot less cheaper than the junk food you are buying now. Start by looking through the Internet and you will be overwhelmed with options, choices, decisions and programs. I can help you cut to the chase and find the best for you.
There are websites where different various programs have been compared and where you can read about the different features in each program. Obviously the owner of the site is probably trying to sell you something. That’s how people support themselves in the Net but that isn’t a bad thing because they will be more successful if they offer really helpful advice than if they promote junk. As an intelligent and discerning reader I am sure you can sort the junk from the pearls. Now here’s how you find easy diets anyone can follow.
1. Any diet that reads as weird, extreme or expensive should be rejected. Some diets demand expensive food supplements and are so complicated that you need a doctorate to work them out.
2. If you have to spend endless hours weighing food, keeping endless food diaries or spend endless time counting calories reject it. The more complicated a diet is the less likely you will stick to it.
3. Look for moderation in the food plan. Diets that demonize certain foods are suspect. A balanced diet includes all the food groups which are proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
4. Be very suspicious of programs with claims promising outstanding weight loss overnight. A sensible weight loss expectation would be 3 pounds a week. Anything over this is often water and not fat.
5. When you read the program try to imagine yourself following this plan for weeks and months that achieving your weight loss goal will take. If it seems like you couldn’t live with it, set it aside.
6. Any diet that starves you is an invitation to disaster. Very strict diets have very high failure rates.
Looking at these points in order, we consider the fad diets and extreme diets. These are weird diets that will lead to nutritional imbalances and ill health. Your diet must contain a balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Unbalanced diets lead to food binging because you start to crave the foods you are missing. The result is that binge eating becomes a problem as your body is craving foods it needs
Secondly as I said before, the more weird or complicated the higher the likelihood of you falling off the dieting wagon. The same applies to the second point where you need a PhD just to work out the diet. If you spend endless time obsessing over food – what you can eat, what you can’t eat, how you have to cook it, how much you can have etc your focus will be on food, not dieting. Your focus needs to be on creating a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet, not wondering about the next meal all day every day. This will lead to overeating.
Diets that are easy to follow will also be diets that stimulate the metabolism and generate long term weight loss. Good diets should offer steady weight loss and any that offer dramatic results you can be certain only cause major losses of body weight through fluid loss and will not be long term. You gained the weight slowly over a long period and you need to lose your excess weight loss steadily over a reasonable time frame or you will end up lethargic, stressed and unhealthy. Good programs build up reasonable expectations of weight loss and give you the tools to achieve this. Unfortunately our society has come to expect instant gratification. With diets this is the fast road to disappointment.
Understand that weight loss will come slowly over a period of months, not weeks or days. If you lose 3 pounds a week, which most experts consider to be a safe goal, losing 150 pounds will take 50 weeks of about a year. Getting to be overweight didn’t happen overnight. Neither will the solution. You just have to find the right weight program and commit to it wholeheartedly, with no reservations. Then you have to relax, be patient and let the program do its work.
So are there easy diets to follow. Definitely! Get on the internet. There are numerous diet and exercise programs available, many of them quite good. Make sure an exercise program is incorporated with the diet and follow the exercise component faithfully. It will stimulate your metabolism for extra weight loss and it will more than double your chances of success. Read diet reviews, on line comparisons. Do the research. Then make a decision and do it. Just get up and do something. Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life. Make it a good life full of health and vitality. Your future is in your hands.