Some people say they have tried everything and just cannot lose weight. But losing weight is easy. If you want to lose a few pounds to get into a dress or a suit for a special occasion you can do it. Just check out fast weight loss diets and choose one that does not seem too extreme. Keep to it for two or three weeks and you will lose weight. Anyone will – but what those of us who say they cannot lose weight really mean is they do not stay that way. They yo-yo; losing weight, stopping the diet, putting on weight, starting the diet again. It can go on for years. In the end they give up in despair and stay overweight with all the health and social problems that brings. Ask them if losing weight is easy and you will get a workmanlike answer. But it does not have to be like that.
So what are they, and maybe you, doing wrong? It is easy enough to lose a pound or so a week. That does not seem much but after 6 months it is something to celebrate. All you need do is give up your mid morning coffee and croissant, or whatever equivalent you prefer. That is about 500 calories. Do that every day and you will lose weight. If that does not work we have discovered your problem. Giving up 500 daily calories works if your present weight is stable. But if you are already putting on a pound a week due to an unhealthy diet you will not achieve much progress by cutting out a visit to Starbuck’s. You will say you have proved that you just cannot lose weight.
Of course you have not proved anything of the sort. You can lose weight, if you do it right. Just cut out the obvious junk food in what you eat. Cut out sugars, sweets, snacks in packets, white rice, white bread and fizzy drinks. Along with your 500 calories less that may be enough to allow you to start losing weight. If it is that’s fine, but it would be even better if you changed your whole lifestyle to eating more healthy food. The Mediterranean diet is an easy way of doing it, and you would be sure of losing weight and staying that way while enjoying what you eat.
Although losing weight is easy a few strategies may help. Those of you with a family will know that usually everybody eats the same food. Of course this can result in everybody having weight problems; if you can pursued your partner and kids to lose weight with you that would be a big help. There is nothing worse than trying to lose weight with a fridge full of goodies. It may not be easy to get your kids to give up sweets and junk food if that is what they are used to. But kids do enjoy exercise and even healthy food if they are given the opportunity. Depending on age you might remind them that fat boys/girls in movies never get the slim girls/boys. If nothing else it will stop them snacking for the time it will take to check YouTube and prove you wrong.
So if you can lose weight just by cutting out mid morning snacks that is good news. If not you may have to work a little harder. But whichever it is there is no mystery in losing weight – anyone can do it, weight loss really is easy.
See you soon,
20 January 2012
Photo. Sus087 (Flickr)