Losing Weight: Back to Basics
If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve tried everything under the sun when it comes to losing weight. Fad diets are tempting with their promises of quick weight loss, as are supplements and pills that promise the same thing. But chances are you’ve also seen the pounds creep back on once the “diet” or other program is over.
Weight loss at its core is very simple. You must take in fewer calories than you burn, and you must adopt a healthy lifestyle that allows you to maintain that lower, healthier weight once you achieve it. You can reduce your caloric intake by cutting down on calories from food and drinks, and increase your calorie expenditure by exercising more. Once you understand that basic equation, you’re ready to start setting goals and making plans for reaching them.
Choosing a Diet Plan
There is certainly no shortage of diet plans. But how do you know if the one you’re considering suits your lifestyle and needs? For a diet plan to be healthy and successful long-term, it should include lots of different foods such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins, nuts, and whole grains. It should allow foods you enjoy and can eat for the rest of your life – not just a few weeks. You should be able to find the foods easily in your regular supermarket, and the plan should fit your budget. It should include a proper amount of nutrients and calories, as well as physical activity. If you answer “no” to any of these, it’s probably not the right plan for you.
Pills, Supplements, Surgery
Diet pills and surgery aren’t for everyone, but there are some people for whom these might be a good choice. For example, someone with weight-related health problems might be a good candidate for weight-loss surgery because it ensures quick, significant weight loss. If you think this might apply to you, talk to your doctor about it. Your doctor can help educate you on the potential risks and help you make an informed decision. Always ask your doctor before taking any weight-loss supplement or pill, even over-the-counter products. Keep in mind that no over-the-counter supplement has been proven effective, and some are dangerous to your health.
Diet plans are everywhere, but the simplest and most effective one is the most basic: eat less, exercise more. That is what it comes down to in the end.