Putting on weight is easy for most people. Losing that weight, though, is another story entirely. There are a plethora of weight loss solutions that promise rapid weight loss, but none of these programs seem to work.
The reason is because most trends aren’t committing to permanent lifestyle changes.
In order to lose weight and keep it off permanently, you need to consider the following weight loss solutions and make an effort to apply them:
1. Low-GI Foods
If you don’t want to follow a diet, then at least commit to making better dietary decisions. The best decision you can make is to prioritize eating foods that are low on the glycemic index, as well as whole grains, dietary fiber, and leafy greens.
The reason you want more low-GI foods in your diet is because these promote satiety and balance your insulin levels—two things that influence how hungry you feel and how much you eat. The more, low GI foods you eat, the less empty calories you will crave.
2. Follow a Program
There are a lot of weight loss programs out there that are focused on slashing calories and forcing you to do a yo-yo diet. Don’t do that. Instead, choose a program that looks to balance your calories, help you make great diet choices, and get you motivated to work out.
For example, you might look into the Hack Your Weight program by Dr. Nathalie, which uses elements of the ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting, and HIIT training to help you with your weight loss goals while giving you the tools you need to succeed.
Similar programs include things like the DASH diet or Beach Body. The key is choosing a program that you enjoy.
3. Set Realistic Goals
Every person that has lost massive amounts of weight and got into the best shape of their life did so by taking baby steps. They also made choices that fit into their lifestyle. If someone doesn’t want to run but forces themselves to, they get demotivated.
The same happens when you eat things you don’t want to eat, cut too many calories, and set goals that are not realistic. In short, do activities that make you want to do more. If you like dancing, dance. If you like HIIT, do that.
Aim to cut your calories slightly below maintenance level, and only try to lose 1-2 kgs (or 2-3 pounds) a week.
Lastly, move! Your exercise routine doesn’t need to be excruciatingly difficult or challenging in order to prompt results. The best exercise programs for losing weight are those that require a mere 30-45 minutes of your time 3-4 days a week, and if you want to do more in between, you should be able to.
You should also focus on just moving more.
Take the stairs. Go on walks. Wear a pedometer and try to get in around 8000-10,000 steps a day, on top of other exercise.
Just by keeping your metabolism revved up, you burn more calories and lose more weight.
There are many weight loss solutions out there that make outrageous promises. Instead of following a trend, stick with what is known to work. Eat more wholesome foods, commit to a program that is focused on making better lifestyle choices and maximizing your gym time, and get moving!
When you have a realistic outlook and goals, you will be able to stick to the weight loss program and make it a permanent solution.