The airwaves bring forth celebrities who’ve lost weight using this meal plan or that one. The billboards and newspaper ads talk about losing thirty pounds in thirty days or a guaranteed two pounds per week, or any one of a number of gimmicks. Everyone is hawking their wares and boosting their bottom lines by talking about the results achieved after a certain amount of time using their program. What these businesses don’t tell you, and what statistical evidence clearly shows is that the majority of people who use these systems to lose weight do so, but they do not keep the weight off after one year, oftentimes weighing even more than they did when they first decided to try it! The latest strategy of many of these companies is to try to partner with other corporations and have their foods incorporated into wellness programs – further promoting the misnomer that their foods are healthy – when they are clearly aware of the data concerning the long-term ineffectiveness of their programs. They don’t blame it on their product, but on their customers.
To lay blame upon the root cause or causes of this reversion fills the space of this article with meaningless accusation and does nothing to forward the solution. Instead, the following focuses on how to achieve sustainable weight loss and long term weight management.
- Don’t mistake diet food for healthy food
By association, people who are losing weight feel like they’re getting healthier – which they are – and so think the food their eating is healthy for them. Think again. Many of the products available on the market are low calorie, but they’re high in sodium, low in fiber, oftentimes contain ingredients with high fructose corn syrup, and are full of processed and ground meats. All it takes to lessen the calories is to shrink the portions, so don’t be fooled; it isn’t a load of health they’re feeding you. Likewise, those five hundred-calorie-per-day HCG weight loss systems do more harm than good to the body, even though the results do arrive in promised fashion. It’s after the achievement that’s troubling. At what price, success?
- Make the decision not to lose weight
Losing weight is a challenge, a chore. Instead, make the decision to look and feel better; those are rewarding goals that will change the perspective of your undertaking, motivating you to stay the course. If you eat correctly, the weight will start coming off by itself, but don’t expect to reverse a trend that took five years to develop (being overweight) in a few days. Don’t look at the scale; just start eating the right foods in measured doses and the pounds will come off. Don’t set your goals too high. Eat fiber-rich grains along with lean proteins; they keep you feeling full longer, automatically cutting down the desire to snack on less healthy choices. Ultimately, you’ll lose weight; it’ll require patience.
- Make a lifestyle change that includes eating healthier
Meals that restrict calories help achieve a weight-loss goal, but after the goal is reached, the old eating patterns cannot return without a return to the original problem. That’s why looking and feeling better can only be sustained with a change to the lifestyle as regards meal choices. It is essential to key into the rewards of looking and feeling better as you create the new habits to replace the old ones. Scientists say that, left to its own devices, the brain will try to make almost any routine a habit because habits allow our minds to ramp down more often and allow rote to replace concentration. Those old habits will not be easy to dismantle, but with new habits to replace them, all that is needed is time and repetition.
- Make the lifestyle change to include daily exercise
Regardless of how many times it has been repeated, here it is again: daily exercise is essential to looking and feeling better. The truth is that many people start an exercise regimen and soon stop because they empower the excuse to not do it rather than envisioning the benefit of sticking with the routine until it becomes habit. Regardless of how tired, how late, how wet the weather, how fill in the blank, exercise needs to happen, even if it’s just walking around the living room at a hearty pace for thirty minutes because other options have been exhausted. Obviously, illness is a legitimate reason to forego exercise, as are a few others, but barring those extreme circumstances, exercise is a routine that needs to become a habit because it is a sure way to bring about looking and feeling better.
Healthy choices are available in the world of frozen meals and weight loss. One such company, Eat Well Home Catering in South Florida, delivers meals that have their customers’ health considerations at the forefront of their service. We’re a little biased, of course.