Since the time of Adam and Eve people have obsessed about the way they look. Strict (and sometimes crazy) diet plans designed to help people lose weight are nothing new. In recent years the expansion of the internet has led to all kinds of urban myths about weight loss becoming accepted as common fact.
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The trouble is that fad diets and strict eating regimes aren’t really an effective means of controlling your weight.
Specialized diets come in all shapes and sizes, some like Weight Watchers use a point system to help people manage the type and amount of food they eat, whilst others like Atkins restrict peoples diets to very specific food groups. These can be effective ways to lose weight over the short time, but only whilst a person is maintaining the diet. People don’t tend to stay on their ‘diets’ forever (though some do go through lifelong dieting cycles due to fad diets) and when they come off them most are prone to just putting the weight straight back on again.
Another popular technique that people use when trying to lose weight is to track every little thing that they eat. The amount of calories in each meal becomes an obsessive concern, food intake gets planned out long in advance and strange almost mystical dietary guidelines from some health guru must be followed to the absolute letter. The trouble is when people start obsessing over their weight they aren’t truly coping with whatever problems are causing them to overindulge in the first place, this can lead to the development of food related psychosis like anorexia, bulimia and on the other end of the scale chronic obesity. Planning out what you eat is good, but don’t let it rule your life.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be a big deal. You don’t have to obsess about it, join a food cult nor spend all your money on the latest fad diet or pills. All you need to do is exert a little bit of self control and discipline. Eat a varied, healthy diet. Don’t eat until you are bloated and full, just eat until you aren’t hungry anymore. Make sure you get plenty of regular exercise, you don’t have to go to the gym, but try and do some form of physical activity to help you burn off excess calories.
The only way to lose weight and keep it off is to change your lifestyle. Don’t turn everything into an unhealthy food or exercise related drama. You can have a burger every now and again, you don’t have to go to the gym four times a week, but you do have to be responsible in your regular eating choices and you do need to engage in some kind of physical activity to achieve the long term weight you want to be.
Jessy Troy blogs on Trainer Fitness and Fitness Body.