‘Diet Plans’ Category

Why Weight Loss is Like a Supermarket

You know that weight loss begins when you make the commitment to lose weight.  But the next step is exactly what plan do you have for losing that weight?  For example, will you be using a structured plan that lists out your meals in advance?  Or is your plan to make small changes in your diet in order to drop the weight with a minimum of change to your daily schedule?

The decisions you make can help to keep you on the road to weight loss…or derail that losing weight train!

Here is “food for thought” to digest before you select your next diet plan, whatever it may be.

What You Don’t Think About Can Make You Gain Weight

But what is odd is that so many people treat weight loss like a supermarket, that is to say they want the same things from a weight loss regime that they want from a supermarket.  Cheap, convenient and comfortable.  They want what they know.

That is an amazing thought when you consider it properly, but one very indicative of human behavior – the want to get maximum results from little to no effort is something that has been around a long time, and has increased as time has gone on.

People want answers they know, answers that make them feel they are on the right path.  They want to know that a small change, like going from semi-skimmed to skimmed milk, or regular to diet coke, is going to make a big difference.  They know this is true because it ‘feels’ true.

Do Small Changes Mean a Big Commitment?

If you want to lose weight, and I mean really lose weight, not just a pound or three from walking up the stairs or changing your soda type, then you need to make changes.  To achieve real weight loss results, it’s more than just changing your “supermarket brands”.  You are what you weight for a reason – and those reasons need to be addressed.

No matter how much people want to lose weight they want it to have as little impact on their life, on their daily routine as possible.  We know that as humans we suffer change badly – we don’t like missing our favorite TV shows, never mind making huge changes.

It may not be easy, it may not be convenient, it may not even be cheap (though usually you can find budget options) but then your health and your weight aren’t a supermarket – they need more attention and more effort than that.

The Secret to Weight Loss That Works

OK, weight loss isn’t easy for any of us — it it were, no one would be overweight.  And you can lose weight, lots of it, by making small changes to your daily diet…but you’ll need to make lots of small changes (even if you implement those changes over the course of a month or so) to lose lots of weight.

The secret to weight loss that works is understanding why you eat the way you do, and deciding to make the changes you need in order to lose the weight.  Then actually doing it!

Is weight loss like a supermarket?  It is, if you take the time to shop for the best foods for your diet plan, rather than just head straight for the convenience foods.  Just as reading labels at the store takes time, so will your weight loss.

How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

If you want to know how to lose weight and keep it off, you’ll need to realize one thing — and that these are two different goals!  And as such, they have different approaches.  Here’s what I mean.

Losing Weight Fast – Not!

When you finally decide you’re going to lose weight, you want it gone — fast!  But here’s the problem.  When you lose weight fast, you’re not changing your eating pattern, except temporarily.

By losing weight more slowly, you are giving new habits (hopefully healthier habits) to form.  And it’s these new habits that can help you keep the weight off.

I do want to mention one thing, though — when you start a new diet, you may indeed lose weight fast for a short while, then level out to a slower rate.  This is normal.  The “fast” I am talking about is continually keeping your body on an accelerated weight loss.

And just to give you a number, anything above 2 pounds a week continually is too fast.

Keeping It Off

This is usually harder than losing the weight in the first place — keeping it off.

On a weight loss plan (a.k.a. diet), you know what you should and shouldn’t eat.  But once you reach your goal and go off that diet — whoa!  The whole world is your oyster, so to speak.

Here’s where the “keep it off” part of how to lose weight and keep it off comes into play.  If you’ve given your body and mind a chance to form new, healthy eating habits, you’ll find it much easier to stay at your goal.

But if you’ve been on a “diet” mentality, you’re going to find it much easier to fall back into the old bad habits that got you into trouble in the first place!

Here’s a tip.  Keep on weighing yourself once a week and if you move up by 5 pounds, time to go back on that weight loss diet.  Catching it at 5 pounds is much easier to handle than waiting until that 5 pounds moves to 15…or 50!

How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off

So how to lose weight and keep it off once you’ve reached your goal isn’t as tough if you’ve found a healthy weight loss plan that lets you lose weight slowly and creates good new habits.

But you will need to monitor your weight for the rest of your life, in case those bad habits start creeping back.  And losing 5 pounds, which can usually be done in a few weeks, is much easier than if you wait until that 5 pounds is a lot more!