Well, the ones that are easy to stick with; of course. Diet plans that are too restrictive don’t work because they leave us feeling hungry or deprived most of the time. It takes incredible will power to follow a restrictive diet. Years ago, even doctors did not really understand the “mechanics” of weight loss. The best “diet advice” that anybody could offer was to “eat less and move more”. Truly, that is still good advice today; as any effective weight loss plan must create a situation wherein we burn more calories than we consume; but the difference between then and now is that today; we understand how the body responds to dieting. Today, in determining which diet plans work, we know that highly restrictive diets that greatly reduce calorie consumption will result in a “metabolic slow down”; with the metabolism being the furnace within us that burns calories.
A restrictive diet is good but most people can’t keep up with the restrictions for very long without going back to their same old ways. Face it as humans we are creatures of habit. In time most of us will go back to what is normal, comfortable and easiest for us. There are some true warriors out there but they are few that will stick with the program long term and see all the fruit of their labor. We live in a society where we often get what we want from day to day. So if we choose to be fat and lazy we can get it easily, but it is certainly not a healthy or desirable way to live life. People want to get in shape around the first part of each year and right before vacation. Let’s face it, weight loss does not just happen overnight. We have to work at it little by little just like anything else we want to become a reality for us. Think of weight loss and diet as a lifestyle choice because that’s exactly what it is. You can eat unhealthy and not exercise, but you can also choose to do the exact opposite of that and live a longer healthier life. It comes down to choice.
We are programmed to maintain; not to lose; and when we reduce our calorie intake in an effort to lose weight; our bodies respond by slowing our metabolic rate, in order to conserve weight! So, which diet plans work? Those plans that are built around the scientific facts about how the body responds to dieting are the ones that truly work. Fortunately, these same plans offer certain advantages that make them easier to follow: They require you to eat often, which means that you never feel “deprived”. You must eat a balanced diet, partaking in proper measure of all of the food groups. You are not denied foods that you particularly enjoy; you simply fit them into the plan.
There are allowances for those situations wherein you have to “grab a meal on the go”. They allow you some “off days” wherein you enjoy zero dietary restrictions without negative impact on your over all progress. I would like for you to see one of the most effective and most popular weight control programs available today; I have used it with great success; and I know that you can too.
I have spent much time researching which diet plans work, and why they work, and this one seems to work well across a broad segment of society, in the U.S. and abroad. I encourage you to follow a diet plan that is fairly lenient but allows you to actually enjoy some of the foods that you eat regularly and can incorporated into your normal daily diet. Being too restrictive will cause you to fail at your weight loss goal. You don’t want to be eating donuts, chocolate, calorie packed foods that will make you fat. However, at the same time you want to make sure that you’re eating food in a similar eating pattern you normally would eat, but with a slight twist that is geared more towards a healthier diet plan.
Food substitution would be your best bet. Substitute fatty or unhealthy foods with similar foods that does not have all that excess calories and fat in it. Gradually start substituting your own food choices and replacing them with healthier choices. For example, instead of eating french fries go with baked potato with low fat butter and sour cream, and skip the cheese; or it could be brown rice over buttery mashed potatoes, or baked chicken instead of fried chicken. And the list goes on and on. These small daily food choices can add up to big results in a very short amount of time. The main thing here is consistency, by consistently eating right it will add up to be something big in the end. You just have to keep at it and keep making smarter choices when it comes to your diet. It will become a way of life for you and think of all the benefits of being trim. Without your health nothing else in life matter. Your health is your greatest asset.
Don’t forget to hit the gym at least 3 times a week this can also become a lifetime choice with some really terrific health benefits.
If you’re not a gym person, if you’re intimidated by the gym or the people in the gym, or whether you are just too lazy to go or whatever your reason is. Also remember that you can build a gym at your home too. It may not be at gym like the one at your workout facility, but it’s better than nothing; and working out no matter where it is at will bring your health benefits just the same. It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to put together some workout equipment and get your sweat on. You just need some free weights, a piece of workout equipment and a little bit of room somewhere in your house or apartment and you are ready to start improving your health one day at a time. Free weight can do wonders for your body, only if you knew and it does not have to be heavy weights either. You can check out workout programs here or anywhere online for that matter, and get exercise ideas if you are unsure of how to sculpt and transform your body with free weights. Check out my free PDF on superfoods and eat like the gods of yesteryear.
Remember you can do it, and check out some of my many other blogs that focus on topics related to living a healthy lifestyle.