Do you reach for your credit card each and every time a new fad diet comes along that claims you’ll lose a ton of weight effortlessly? If you said yes, then you have most likely also done crazy other things like eating bowls and bowls of cabbage soup, drinking meal replacement shakes until you’re sick, taking all kinds of weight loss supplements and eating prepackaged diet meals. And although you’ve done all these things, you’ve failed time and time again to lose weight and keep it off. If you want to be successful at weight loss, consider doing things that other people have done to lose weight and keep it off permanently.
Successful dieters know that to lose weight and keep those pounds from returning, people have to take the following actions. They need to restrict their calories and follow a low-fat eating program, they have to get out and exercise regularly, they have to keep a food journal where they write down everything they eat along with their feelings and they have to get out the scale and weigh themselves frequently.
Restrict your calories. Health experts state all the time that people need to eat fewer calories than they burn to lose weight. An easy approach is to figure out where you’re at right this very minute. All you need to do is easily multiply your current weight on the scale by 15. The answer to this will tell you how many calories you need just to maintain your current weight. So, if you weigh 150, you need 2,250 calories a day just to stay at the same weight. All you need to do now is eat fewer calories than 2,250 each day to start losing weight.
Be sure to exercise often and you’ll soon see the rewards on the scale. You’ll also be able to keep those pounds you lose from returning. Exercise helps people feel better not only physically, it also helps them feel much better emotionally as well. Regular exercisers also suffer from fewer illnesses, less bloating and less physical pain, say health professionals. Study after study proves that regular exercisers not only lose weight, they also keep those pounds from ever coming back.
Write down what you eat, where you eat and when you eat each day to lose weight and keep it off. Dieters who write down what, where and why they’re eating have more success with weight loss compared to those who don’t write down what they’re doing with food. When writing down your feelings be sure to be honest. You will probably find out you eat when you’re angry, lonely, frustrated, vulnerable and even happy. By noticing these things, you’ll be better able to avoid overeating because of your feelings.
Don’t be afraid to weigh yourself often to lose those extra pounds and keep them off. Studies show that people who weigh themselves often are more successful than those who don’t weigh themselves often. In addition, dieters who weigh themselves at least once a day are even more likely to lose extra pounds and keep them off. You’ll probably see day-to-day changes in your weight. The scale may even move upward by a few pounds from one day to the next. The important thing is to notice the numbers moving down over time.