My Best Weight Loss Advice! This week a friend told me she had started a new diet to lose weight and had kinda not been sticking to it so well. I mentioned it to Hubby and he told me he had heard that diet only had a 1% success rate in people who lose and keep it off over time. So, I thought I would share My Best Weight Loss Advice.
If you need to lose weight to better your health and your life, I am not sure that there’s any tool that I am opposed to in helping you make that change. But, all too often what I see with friends and family is they do this or do that, or try this for a while and then that and lose weight and maybe get fit… and then they stop. Which means the weight comes back and they eventually start all over again.
My Best Weight Loss Advice!
Everyone knows that “yoyo dieting” isn’t good for your body, and I can’t imagine it’s good for your psyche either. I have told you before that I lost over 100 pounds a few years ago and I have kept it off. I have a lot of advice as to how to lose it and tips on keeping it off, as well. But, if I could only give one piece of advice and that’s all to anyone it would be this:
Choose a new lifestyle. Don’t “get on a diet”. When I had to get the weight off I knew myself enough to know that if I lost it by exercising it wouldn’t stay off because I HATE exercise – yes, I know I should and at times I do, but, if maintaining my weight is dependent on my exercising then I am doomed before I start. No one is more interested in your weight loss/gain or health than you are. The doctors were more than willing to give me medicine and treat my Type II Diabetes. I said no, I didn’t want it and I wasn’t keeping it. I would do what I needed to get rid of it. Take charge of your own life and health, be good to yourself – don’t put yourself in a place where you might not be healthy enough to play with your kids or worse yet to see them grow up, get married and have kids of their own!
If you are on Weight Watchers, which has a 6% success rate according to one article I read, are you going to stay on Weight Watcher’s for life? If not, are you sure you can keep the weight off? That goes for any “diet” or “weight loss” method. Can you maintain it for life to ensure you won’t regain the weight once you discontinue it?
My point is whatever avenue you choose to lose weight needs to be a complete lifestyle change, not just something to drop the weight because it inevitably returns and sometimes more.
You can go Paleo, do Zumba, eat Sugar Free, start running, eat smaller portions, whatever you think will work for you, but, it should be something you can realistically see yourself doing for life. I truly believe that was the key for me, I made sure I worked it all out the way I KNEW I could live for the rest of my life without feeling deprived or cheated out of anything.
I hope that advice helps in some small way. Don’t give up, just think it through and make sure this is something you can do for life. Think about your family life, your income, and your habits and how all that will work with your new lifestyle and choose what will work for you and then be confident and succeed!