Weight Loss – Are You A “Fad” Diet Junkie? Many know that we are overweight and need to do something about it, but what does come as a shock is when you get on the scales and that nasty little indicator tells you that not only are you overweight but you are obese.
But you are not alone, did you know that over 100 million Americans try to lose weight in any given year and that 95 percent of them will fail and gain back whatever they lost within a matter of years? What’s even more depressing is that some people spend the whole of their lives jumping from one diet program to another. The problem is that many of these so-called “fad” diets or supposed weight-loss drugs can cause you to gain even more weight in addition to destroying your good health.
Whilst many people are obsessed with weight loss to improve their appearance, this should not be the predominant reason. Being obese is an indicator of poor health and a big contributor to heart disease, digestive issues, and diabetes to name just a few.
Obesity has been shown to contribute to nearly half a million deaths a year worldwide. In summary, you are seriously jeopardizing your health by jumping from one diet to another, and not following through on a proper nutrition and exercise plan. So how do you deal with the problem?
Set Yourself Realistic Weight Loss Goals:
No matter how many diet plans or programs or “miracle pills” you see promising instant and rewarding weight loss, they are not realistic. There is no miracle food, to instantly dissolve your weight and those that promise eating one particular food or taking a pill to resolve your obesity problem and just leading you down the path to disappointment and poor health.
You need to set yourself realistic weight loss goals that you can stick to and that don’t leave you feeling weak and wanting more. The fundamentals of good nutrition are that a person must eat a well-balanced diet with a variety of foods. It is stating the obvious to say that you need to cut out junk foods, fast food takeaways, and sugary drinks, but you might be surprised how many people follow a diet yet still include all of these things into the daily food intake.
It is important to incorporate some exercise into your routine, and increase that until you are comfortable with the level. If you have been living a sedentary life, don’t go like a bull at a gate. In fact, it is better to have a talk with your own medical practitioner before starting any weight loss and exercise program. Start off with something simple like a daily walk or some other activity that you enjoy. You might be pleasantly surprised how quickly it can become a routine to look forward to.
Slow and Steady Wins The Race:
You will find that by following a nutritious diet that incorporates the right food groups and including an exercise routine on a regular basis that you follow and stick to, the weight will start to come off, and stay off. You will start to see increases in your energy levels and an overall feeling of better health.