Losing weight, for many, is not easy. Losing weight and keeping it off, for most, is even harder. If your goal is to drop 10, 20, or 50 pounds this year, try making a change in the way you look at weight loss.
Set controls on your diet. One of the first things you should look at is your vegetable intake. The average American eats only three combined servings of fruits and vegetables a day. There are so many health benefits to eating (especially) vegetables and fruits, reducing the risk for heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure just to name a few. In your re-evaluation of your diet, do not turn to the “Food Pyramid” of old. Recent studies have found that different ages require different amounts of nutrients found within different types of foods. A great resource is http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. For more information on how to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your daily diet, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1exqTki
Don’t give up sweets. If you love sweets, cutting them out completely may just put you on the fast track for failure. Sweets such as chocolates, cake, and ice cream can be eaten in moderation. Maybe the best thing for you is to have a small piece of cake after each dinner. What you don’t want to do is abstain from all sweets for the first few weeks, then have a melt down and eat an entire half gallon of your favorite ice cream. You will most likely see all the pounds you have worked so hard to lose get added back on in the next week. Here’s a great website to help cut calories for those with a strong sweet tooth: http://bit.ly/JQ6gGV
Make sure you snack often! “Wait…that will help me lose weight?” YES! Snacking – with healthy foods – will actually help you in your weight loss journey. Healthy snacks of around 100 calories help with appetite control and will actually increase your energy and help with concentration. See what the experts have to say about snacking: http://bit.ly/1fmrdr9.
Let’s not forget exercise. Including exercise in your weight loss plan will increase your success rate. Check out upcoming editions of “Resolutions Circa 2014” for exercise tips.
At the end of the day, you cannot force the scale to change. However, if you implement and stick to a well-rounded diet and workout plan, you are giving yourself the best chance of success.