It seems like every day we are flooded with ads and information on programs that can help us lose weight. Every time you turn on the television, there is a manufacturer trying to sell a miracle cure for losing weight. However, despite the millions of Americans who use some type of weight loss program each year, as little as five percent manage to keep the weight off. Trying to lose weight is difficult enough, so how can you find a program that will give you the lasting results you want? The solution is to find a diet plan that helps you alter your lifestyle, not just lose weight.
There is only one true way to lose weight- you need to increase the calories you use and/or decrease the calories you take in by eating. While that part of the equation is simple, it's finding a program that helps you do just that without making you feel deprived or causing you to pack on pounds as soon as the weight loss program is over. Keep in mind, if you are able to find weight loss programs such as the Atkins or Scarsdale diets that work for you, they can lead to long term weight loss, but only if you can keep following the diet. The same is true of exercise programs, you can lose weight and tone muscle to create the fit body you want, but you're going to have to stick with it. That's why you should begin your search for the right weight loss programs by making a list of things you know about yourself. For example, if you could never live without your afternoon bar of chocolate, picking a diet plan that doesn't allow any sweets or requires you to eat only certain pre-planned meals is a guaranteed recipe for failure. Similarly, if you hate to do the same work out every day, selecting an exercise program that requires you to complete a certain set of exercises each day is bound to let you down and lead you to be discouraged quickly.
Once you have a good idea of the things that are important to you in terms of diet and exercise, you should start reading about different diet and exercise plans. You should also consult with a doctor before you start any program to make sure you are healthy enough for the weight loss programs you are considering. Make a list of programs that you think could work for you, and take the time to find out as much as you can about each one and then select a plan that you can follow. As you begin your new program, spend time motivating yourself by thinking about the benefits of a thinner, healthier body. Reward yourself with non-food treats, like a special shopping trip to buy a new outfit when you have lost a dress size. And remember, if you find that your weight loss program is making you unhappy or is too hard to follow, go back to your list and select a different program. While all diet programs will be challenging, you should look for a program that fits into your lifestyle, allowing you to make changes that you can stick with for years to come. Once you find the right weight loss programs, you'll see that you can make small changes that not only lead to weight loss, they help you keep the weight off for the long run.