It's easy to get sucked in by one of the many fad diets on the market. Everywhere we turn, we see the "success stories" of people who've taken a product and quickly lost 75, 100 pounds or more.
Although there isn't an overweight person who wouldn't love to lose the weight overnight, the reality is that just isn't possible. There isn't a product or routine that can magically wash away the extra weight. But so many people are intrigues by the idea of "what if." What if it really works? What if it can spark my weight loss?
The problem with fad diets is that you become dependent on them. Even those products that do seem to help do not work in the long run and you can't keep the weight often. The minute you stop taking the product or plug back in the "forbidden" foods, you gain back the weight you've have lost, plus some.
A good rule to live by is to only start something you can comfortably continue for the rest of your life. It is important to learn how to eat healthy, natural foods and make it a part of your new lifestyle.
So, how can you create a healthy lifestyle? Forget all of the advertising messages you've seen. In most cases, all it takes is some minor changes for people to see results in their weight loss efforts.
- Reduce portion sizes
- Cut out pop
- Drink plenty of water (8 cups is the bare minimum requirement)
- Add fruits and veggies to your meal plan every day
- Make exercise a daily commitment
Use these simple rules as a guide and find balance to create a natural way to lose weight. It won't happen overnight though.
You should expect to see slow and steady progress along with the occasional plateau. Any program that promises you more than that should raise red flags.