Weight loss can be a long and tedious process for some people. Most of us will spend months working out in order to achieve our ideal weight only, to find out that we are slowly drifting back to our old patterns just moments after we achieved our goals.
Safe and effective weight loss requires your lifetime commitment and effort to stick to eating healthy and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Here are some of the tips you need to follow in order to formulate an effective and safe diet plan:
Everything Should Be Balanced.
While a lot of diet programs today encourage people to ditch carbs or stick on proteins alone, experts suggest that eating balanced and healthy meals is still the way to go if you want to lose weight.
Choose a diet program that lets you eat every food groups essential to sustain your health while minimizing fat build up. An effective and safe diet must contain proper proportions of carbohydrates, protein and fats. Anything in between might be effective for some time but will only cause you to gain more weight in the future.
Ask For Your Doctor’s Help.
Before going into a new diet program you saw on the latest issue of your magazine subscription, consult your doctor first if this will suit your needs. Your doctor can help you review your previous medical conditions and medications that may caused your weight gain. This way, he or she can pinpoint what is causing your problem and how you can properly addressed it.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor prior to trying a new diet program. Discuss to him or her you previous problems and what made you decide to lose weight. Be honest with your doctor and ask his advise before going through the unknown.
Examine Your Personal Needs.
While it can be very tempting to try the latest diet trends today, sadly, not every diet plan will be effective for you as it is with other people. But if you consider your specific needs, lifestyle, goals and preference, you will be able to find a diet plan (or maybe you can formulate your own) that will specifically meet your needs.
Some of the things you need to consider are your experience (success and failures) with other diets, your personal preference, and of course your medical conditions. If you will just go with the flow, you won’t be able to achieve your long-term fitness goal.
Long-term successful diet plan will take a lifelong commitment to eating and living right. So make sure to pick a program that you can live with.
Don’t Fall Into False Promises.
Ever heard of the saying, “nothing worth having comes easy?” Well, that goes for weight loss programs too.
Stay away from those programs that promise you to lose weight easily. A safe and effective weight loss program will definitely cause your energy, effort and undying motivation.
I know it can be tempting to go for those programs that guarantee fast and dramatic weight loss, but a slow but sure approach is better for long-term fitness goals.
Choose a Program With Realistic Goals.
This may be a no brainer for everyone who wants to lose weight but do you really know what “realistic” really means when it comes to long-term weight loss goals? The safest trend is to lose about 1 to 2 pounds (0.5 to 1 kilogram) weekly. It might be too slow, but this what you should look out for.
In general, losing 1 to 2 pounds weekly means burning 500 to 1,000 calories through exercise and other activities we normally do daily. This can be pretty hard if you can’t commit to doing your workouts daily.
You see, while the thought of shedding a pound or two over a week is pretty discouraging for someone who wants to lose weight fast, it is also pretty hard to burn calories. So whenever you feel discouraged about the 2 pounds you lost this week, think about how much calories you have burned in order to achieve that.