It seems that now more than ever all of us are in search for the latest in weight loss strategies. You hear about amazing claims of people being about to lose 20 pounds in a week. We see the Hollywood stars slimming down in record time. We dream of also being able to quickly lose the weight. Over the years of trying many diet plans, as well as way too many diet gimmicks, I have found that sound long-term results depend on sound basic diet tips.
Here are The Best Diet Tips for Long-Term Weight Loss:
Best Diet Tip #1-Have a Long-Term Plan
Although we all want the weight to be gone in days, we rationally know it cannot happen that way. It took awhile for the weight to find its way to our hips and belly and thighs, so it will also take awhile for it to go on its merry way. Forget the quick fixes and decide right now that you need to find a plan that works for your lifestyle. For many it is keeping track of calories or points or having meals plans. Find what works for you and stick with it.
Best Diet Tip #2-Exercise!
Yes, I know it initially can be very hard to get moving, but once you get in the habit of it, you will actually hate to give up this time for yourself. Find an activity you like and you will be much more apt to enjoy exercise. I personally love the elliptical trainer as it is easy on your joints and burns a lot of calories per hour. I listen to music, which is a great motivator, and sweat out any daily frustrations. Afterwards, I always feel energized. Also, once you see how long it takes to burn 100 calories you are much more cognizant of what you put in your mouth!
Best Diet Tip #3-Eat For Your Health
After years of essentially being what I called a “professional dieter”, I only really appreciated the true nature of what food provides for my body when I became pregnant. Since I was also responsible for the health of my baby, I focused on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. For the first time in my life I focused on healthy eating and not on some calorie cutting quick fix to lose weight. It became so simple when I changed my focus from how to lose weight to what are the healthiest choices I can make for my body. It was this shift in attitude that made a big difference. Eat for your health!