Frolicking from one fad diet to another is a surefire way to prevent permanent weight loss. That's because diets just don't work — once you lose weight and go back to your old ways, you'll gain it all back. Weight loss is more about lifestyle changes rather than restrictive eating plans. If you've been on the weight loss boat for quite some time and haven't achieved the results you're looking for, here are some reasons why.
- You're not fully committed. Do some soul searching and find a specific goal or personal reason that inspires you to lose the weight once and for all, such as to lower your cholesterol or to be healthy for your kids. Keep up with that long-term goal with either daily or weekly short-term goals.
- People expect miracles. Pounds don't fall off easily or quickly, so be patient and chip away at three- to five-pound increments rather than trying to lose all the weight at once.
For the last two reasons,
- Your plan isn't sustainable. Your diet should be filled with healthy foods that leave you feeling satisfied and full of energy. Think of it as a permanent way of eating, not as a quick fix.
- You can't forgive your slip-ups. So what if you binged on an entire pint of ice cream? Just shake it off, and start fresh at the next meal with healthy choices.
Do any of these reasons sound familiar to you?