You may think that maintaining a stable, healthy weight is impossible for you.
But, the biggest reason for this is usually a lack of understanding the fundamentals of healthy weight loss. And, that’s not surprising, given the mass confusion surrounding weight loss these days.
Unfortunately, the diet industry focus so much on finding a “secret” technique to losing weight easily, that people are still clamouring for that little magic pill, or trick that will finally end their weight loss struggles once and for all.
What we need to do, though, is focus on the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle… that’s the real secret.
Here are three of the most important things the diet industry won’t tell you about losing weight.
1. Weight Loss Isn’t Complicated
Most “creators” of diets make weight loss much more complicated than it needs to be.
The amount of information available on diet and weight loss is simply overwhelming, and often you’ll find that new methods and tidbits of information are touted as being the big secret to losing weight. At least until the next big secret comes along.
I often find that people are looking for a way to lose weight that is complicated — not because they want to be confused by it all, but they feel it needs to be that way to be effective, since that’s all they’ve ever known.
The problem with all of this, is that the vast amount of information can seem so daunting that people feel overwhelmed, and don’t know where to begin. They also fear getting it wrong, and therefore not getting the best results from their chosen program.
The way out of this mass of confusion, is to make your weight loss program as simple as possible. At it’s most basic that means, eat nutritious foods, keep your portions reasonable, and get some exercise on a regular basis.
The truth is that losing weight and getting fit does take time, so the easier your plan is to stick to, the more consistent you’ll be in the long-run. This consistency is the real key (or secret) to losing weight and keeping it off for life.
2. Weight Loss Isn’t Easy
No, this isn’t a contradiction of what I said above!
Despite the fact that weight loss is not complicated, it also isn’t an easy road.
Part of the marketing hype that comes with most diet and exercise programs, is the implication, or even promise, that losing weight and keeping it off will be easy.
The fact is that you can expect it to be challenging, and at times downright difficult.
There’s no denying that some days it will be hard to motivate yourself to get out and exercise, or to make good eating choices. But, you must remember that there’s little in life, which is worthwhile, that comes easy.
Getting fit and healthy does require a significant degree of discipline — but it does get easier with time.
Developing self discipline is a bit like exercising a muscle. If you haven’t used that muscle in a while, when you start using it again, it can be difficult. But, if you hang in there for a while, you’ll get stronger in both mind and body, and your self-discipline and willpower will get stronger, too.
The second piece of good news, is that the discipline you learn while pursuing your diet and exercise plan, will spill over into other areas of your life as well. As a result your self confidence will improve, and you will likely find yourself doing better in your job, in your relationships, and in so many areas of life.
3. Short-Term Solutions Give Short-Term Results
I know I’ve said it before, but there are no overnight solutions to losing weight.
Losing weight and keeping it off requires a significant lifestyle change.
For most people, it’s much better to make small changes in their diet and exercise regimen, that they can easily maintain over the long-haul. For example, changing the proportions on your dinner plate — more vegetables and protein, and fewer carbs and fatty foods. Or, exercising more, but only doing so for 15 or 20 minutes at a time.
These are do-able, yet effective, lifestyle changes that will make a difference.
When you lose weight using a fad diet, the chances are you will regain that weight. However, when you make permanent lifestyle changes, as long as you maintain these changes, and don’t go back to old ways, you will be able to keep the weight off for good.
So, next time you see a weight loss program which offers instant results, requires no discipline, and involves a lot of complicated techniques, chances are the long-term results will not be what you are hoping for.
What has helped you most to lose weight in recent days, or in the past? I’d love to hear from you, please share your tips with us in the comments below…