Are you always struggling to lose weight, only to fail miserably or end up even heavier than before? Perhaps you are dieting for a special occasion, recently had a baby, or you’ve never had to worry about your weight until you reached middle age.
Or, like me, you’ve battled with your weight all your life. Over the years, I’ve probably lost over 200 pounds… the same stubborn 20 pounds, at least ten times!
We dieters come in all shapes and sizes. Some of us have a lot to lose, while for others it might be as little as 10 pounds. But the one thing we all have in common is we’re all desperately searching for the best way to lose weight.
The diet industry is rife with myths, quick fixes, latest fads and false promises that are sometimes conflicting or even unhealthy.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried everything under the sun to shed those unwanted pounds. But the endless debates on the best way to lose weight are enough to confuse any dieter. The diet industry is rife with myths, quick fixes, latest fads and false promises that are sometimes conflicting or even unhealthy. For years I searched in vain for the perfect diet. But is there really a “best” way to lose weight?
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Despite what all the experts tell us, there isn’t a single “one-size-fits-all” diet solution. We all have different reasons for why we gained weight in the first place. So it stands to reason that weight loss goals, motivations and strategies can’t possibly be the same for everyone. Every dieter’s odyssey will be as individual as each of us.
boy in over sized suitSo whether you wish to lose 10 or 100 pounds, it’s essential to choose a diet that suits your own wants, needs and lifestyle.
But changing those bad eating habits and adjusting your lifestyle is not easy. It requires a commitment you can adhere to. Any successful weight loss diet must therefore be one you can incorporate into your lifestyle and even learn to enjoy!
Let’s take a closer look at some of the various weight loss methods.
The “Simple” Theory Behind Weight Loss
There are a lot of ways to lose weight. But basically, any diet that creates a calorie deficit can work. So, in theory, all we have to do is eat less, exercise more, and all those extra pounds will disappear.
If only it was really that simple!
The truth is, losing weight is anything but simple. Obesity has become an epidemic. The increase of convenience foods and a more sedentary society means we’re all getting fatter.
But obesity is so recent a problem that statistics for it did not even exist 50 years ago. Think about how long it took to find a cure for diseases like smallpox. No wonder health-care professionals are constantly arguing about which diets do or don’t work!
Most experts do however agree on some things. In order to lose weight and keep it off, we need to permanently change:
What we eat
How we eat
Our activity levels
While the best ways to make these all-important changes will be different for each and every one of us, there are tried-and-true healthy ways to lose weight that will work for any dieter.