Everyday there are tens of thousands of people that are trying to lose weight. Weight loss is a tremendous industry that generates billions of dollars.
If you are overweight by just a few pounds or a lot of pounds, rest assured there is someone out there trying to sell you a solution. There are diets, diet products and foods, diet books, diet pills, natural supplements and exercise programs.
Of course, each of these contain their own sub-categories.
Inevitably, there are those who succeed in losing weight and those who do not. Even more rare are those who manage to keep it off.
The best weight loss program is the one that allows you to take of those unwanted pounds and allows to maintain that weight loss. The best weight loss program is the one that also improves your health in the process.
There are only 2 parts to any successful weight loss program. If you can incorporate these 2 aspects into your daily life, you will lose weight, increase your energy, improve you mental outlook and keep that weight off forever.
Here are the 2 steps:
1/ Change Your Diet
Dieting does not work, at least in the long run. Diets restricted to certain foods or groups of foods or caloric intake will of course produce weight loss.
However, the are two problems with this approach. The first is that many of the fad diets are unhealthy. As an example, consuming a diet which consists of mostly protein is at the minimum foolish and potentially dangerous.
The second problem is that sooner or later you will gain this weight back. Hence, the yo-yo effect that is so common among chronic dieters.
Therefore, the first step in any successful weight loss effort is changing you diet, which is a lifestyle change. With some modifications, this is the diet that you will be eating for the rest of your life.
There is plenty of information available on what healthy eating consists of, especially with the presence of the internet.
Before you begin you research into your new eating habits, here is a good place to start:
Eliminate red meat, excess salt, fast food, junk and processed food. Stop eating sugar and white flour products. Do not eat enriched foods.
Instead, incorporate whole grains, beans, plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit.
Eat 3 meals per day and if you have to snack, choose something that is healthy (such as fresh fruit). Do not eat before bed.
2/ The second step is to exercise every single day. Find either something that you enjoy or a group of activities that you can switch off over time.
This physical activity is something that you should eventually do for an hour each day.
I have a very close friend who did exactly these two steps. In three months he lost 40 pounds, lowered his cholesterol and his blood sugar. Equally important, he feels great.
There are a great many people that have difficulty in getting started with this type of program. In this case it is helpful to use a natural weight loss supplement to kick start your weight loss efforts.