I don’t know about you, but I believe one of the worst feelings you can have is to lose weight and then regain it a short time later. This has got to be one of the most aggravating things about weight loss. It may even make you feel like giving up.
I myself have been there many times. Lose 10 pounds only to gain 15 over the next few months.
After much thought on this, I think I’ve come up with the answer to the problem and it comes down to this…
All diets work… But no diet works.
I know that sounds confusing so let me explain what I’m talking about here.
If you’re like most people, you’ve tried one or more diets over the years such as Atkins, South Beach, etc. You probably lost a few pounds (or many), but after you got off the diet, you most likely gained some or all of the weigth back (or more).
Why does this happen?
Because the day after the diet is over, we go right back to our regular routine. The same routine that got us overweight in the first place.
Even though many of today’s diets are styling themselves as “lifestyle choices”, people still want to be able to eat a cookie now and then, and most diets are very strict about “cheating”.
Personally I hate carb free diets. I love bread, and the fastest way to make me come off a diet is to take bread completely out of my diet. I can last a few days, but then I start “cheating”. And before you know it, I’m back to doing what I was doing before.
Small Changes: The REAL Answer To Weight Loss Blues
The easiest way to start losing weight is to make small changes in your current eating habits. Just 1 or 2 small changes can make a huge difference in your life. For example:
If you are a soda drinker, make the change to drinking diet sodas, then over time limit those to 1 a day. Try drinking more water instead of soda.
Instead of eating a handful of cookies, just eat 1 or 2. The same idea works for candy as well.
The changes you make don’t have to be drastic. As a matter of fact, while drastic changes in your lifestyle may work initially, they never last in the long run because over time all they will make you feel is miserable. And no one wants to fell miserable.
Lasting Weight Loss Comes Down to Choices
If you talk to people who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off, they’ll tell you “This is a lifestyle.” It’s all about the choices you make each and every day. Are you choosing to take an extra helping at dinner? That one behavior may be what is holding you back.
You’re choices will determine your success or failure in your weight loss. Try to strike a balance in choosing the foods you like to eat and the volume of food you’re eating. Make good choices today and you’ll have a much better chance to reach your weight loss goals.
I wish you good choices and long lasting weight loss success.