A weight loss program that has your weight dropping drastically then returning as soon as the diet is over is unfortunately, more the rule than the exception for most dieters. Unsuccessful diet attempts tend to repeat themselves and eventually have both a negative psychological effect and a physiological effect as well. Each failed attempt to lose weight reduces the self image so that the dieter has less and less belief that they will be able to succeed in losing the unsightly and unhealthful pounds. Instead, use these tips to avoid repeated gains and losses in the area of weight management.
The easiest way to avoid the wild weight fluctuations that result from yo-yo dieting is the avoid dieting. Instead, prepare a realistic and effective weight loss program that helps you to make small lifestyle changes that will result in a long term successful weight goal met. Small consistent steps towards your goal will be more effective in the long run than a drastic loss followed by returning to the bad habits that put the weight on in the first place. A steady weight loss of one to two pounds per week is sustainable and you will not be damaging your health in reaching the goal.
Familiarize yourself with the top weight loss program components and learn how they work and in what areas they may fall short. Since your goal is to determine which diets are most likely to work well for you and which have not been found to be as effective in other people, by educating yourself, you are more likely to choose a diet you can stick with for your entire life. Knowing how the diet should work will also alert you if you need to make changes to your practices.
A consistent exercise plan is an important part of any successful weight loss program. By walking for 20 minutes per day to start, you can burn a few calories and these extra calories will help the weight come off gradually but surely. Incorporating mild exercise into a total lifestyle plan will leave you feeling better and will not seem at all like dieting. There is no danger of feeling that you want to quit a diet, because the exercise will make you feel better and healthier and lead to the desire to continue a positive and successful experience.
Make Small Lifestyle Changes
Small lifestyle changes such as adding a walk after your evening meal is just one of the tips leading to a successful weight loss program. As you see the results of one lifestyle change, you will be more motivated to add another change. Perhaps it will be something as simple as committing to drinking eight or more glasses of water each day. Try replacing your morning doughnut with a bagel or English muffin. Cut back your fat intake for two weeks to less than 15 grams daily. Each of these things is factors which have proven to be successful in improving diet success.