Studies show that each year in the United States, approximately fifty percent of adults start a diet of one sort or another. Unfortunately, what is also a fact is that most of these diets fail. People may show a rapid loss for a few days, but then boredom sets in, or the dieter plateaus for days and the momentum is lost. It is typical that any weight lost is quickly gained back, often with a few extra pounds as well. Here are a few suggestions for avoiding this frustrating pattern by choosing a weight loss program that can be maintained indefinitely.
When choosing a specific program for weight management, keep in mind that different people will have different goals. Maybe only a few pounds must be lost. Programs for females are different than those for males. Maybe an individual is morbidly obese. The types of programs designed for one person may be very different than those for another person. There are some basic principles that apply to all programs, though.
One of the main considerations to ensure when you are choosing a diet is to get medical advice. Not all medical professionals are competent to provide detailed and sound advice about managing your weight. Ask your family physician for a referral to a colleague who specializes in the field of weight management.
Balance is another keyword for choosing a diet program. Long term elimination of a specific food or class of foods from the diet is not healthy. Choose a program that will allow for long term maintenance. Incorporate a broad range of healthy and tasty foods.
Another component that is always helpful, regardless of the type of program, is activity. Some people only need a conscious effort to take a couple flights of stairs instead of an elevator. Others will enjoy swimming, or just an evening stroll after dinner. Even though it takes a lot of time to burn up a pound of calories, there are health benefits from the improved metabolism.
Programs you choose should help you plan for transition from strict guidelines to a more normal eating habits. It is frustrating to eat in a way that is foreign for long enough to lose the desired pounds, only to gain them back quickly as soon as the dieter returns to “normal” eating. Changes in lifestyle are best.
Most diet programs work better if you can share the experience with each other. Encouragement to stay on track when the temptation is greatest may make the difference between success and failure. Find a friend who wants to lose a few pounds and develop a plan you can both follow.
Finding and implementing an effective weight loss program is a way to take an active role in your wellness. You know that overweight, even by a few pounds can significantly affect your health and longevity. You may be surprised at how much better you will feel when you weigh in at an optimum level.