It is virtually impossible to lose weight and keep it off if you don’t modify your lifestyle. Diets are short-term solution to a long-term problem. Here are other facts you should note:
- Think long-term. Shortcuts and quickie plans never last.
- Do it for yourself. Improving your health and energy are better motivations than a coming class reunion.
- Prepare the way. Don’t rush into a diet before you are ready for a long-term change. Keeping a diet journal will help you become more aware of what you eat and why.
- Think fruits, grains, legumes, and vegetables. In the standard diet more than 50 percent of calories come from fat, sugar and alcohol.
- Control portion sizes. Use a smaller plate. Serve yourself smaller portions and out away leftovers before you eat. At restaurants, a stock for a doggie bag instead of cleaning your plate.
- Eat three meals a day. Eating at regular intervals will not send your body into a deprivation (starvation) mode, which may cause you to eat and binge out.
- Maintain your program. Successful weight-loss managers realize that they are not on a temporary diet – they are starting a permanent ne lifestyle.
- It is fun and keeps you flexible. Activity is the key to successful weight control, particularly in middle age.
- Don’t overdo it. Don’t push yourself to the higher end of the target range. A brisk one-hour walk a day is a terrific goal for steady, healthy weight management.
When you think activity – think “play, walking the dog, gardening, yard work, household chores, sports, bicycling, and playing with kids” are all productive activities.