Weight loss is big business. There are diets for every lifestyle, some diet plans that don’t even require you to cook anything. It is a wonder why losing weight is such an obstacle for most people.
I have been overweight since I was a kid, moving out of the city to the suburbs took me out of the playgrounds and into the tv room. I have tried dieting in the past but only regained the weight; plus some. Being a chocolate addict and stress eater hasn’t helped much either.
A year ago today I stepped on the scale and was shocked by what I saw. I am still too ashamed to admit that number, maybe some day I will feel okay enough to share it. Since then I buckled down, gained will power and made a promise to drop the pounds.
The dirty little secret to the weight loss industry is you don’t need a fancy, expensive fad diet or personal trainer. All you need is motivation, determination, a goal, and some will power. Once you can really make that commitment you can do it on your own.
Since then I have lost 46.5lbs, shrinking from a size 16 to a size 8. Though many have lost more weight in a year’s time I would not recommend trying to shed the weight fast. The problem with most diets is that you lose the weight and then quickly gain it back. Take your time with it. The longer you spread out the weight loss the longer you are maintaining that weight loss.
The key is making a change in your lifestyle, a change that you can keep for a long time. Skip the drive-thru, switch the soda with water: small things can make a big difference. It is all about personalization, which is what is wrong with many diet programs. My life requires me to work long hours, well into the night. I can’t plan out meals and snacks, I eat when I get the chance.
So a few quick tips from someone who has done it the old fashioned way…
-Get rid of sugary drinks and soda, they are empty calories, grab some water!
-Don’t start working out like a lunatic, take it slow, walk.
-Eat breakfast! Get your metabolism going early.
-Stop snacking at night. Probably my biggest problem. If you are looking for something sugary at night grab an orange!
-Look at your portions. Do you really need that much food?