Losing Weight and Keeping it Off
Every diet plan begins by restricting your calories and also increasing your exercise. There is no “magic bullet” — this plan seems to work for just about everyone that tries it. While some people will swear by one particular diet and others prefer another: the key factor to any successful diet is that it reduces your calories in a healthy way while keeping you satiated (satisfied).
One of the best ways to keep any dieter satiated is to keep enough fiber in their diet. Often this is done by maintaining a healthy number of fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables have natural fiber that is gentle for your system and helps to fill you up and keep you from getting as hungry. This natural fiber is great for your digestive system. There are many other benefits to eating fruits and vegetables.
Many dieters also find drinking lots of water a key to their weight loss success. The typical dieter drinks an average of eight- eight-ounce glasses of water each day plus other beverages such as coffee, soda and milk. Staying hydrated is important for successful weight loss.
Often when we feel dehydrated, we reach for something to eat. So keeping enough liquid in your system is a way to prevent unnecessary snacking and to ensure you will stick to your diet.
Once you have lost all of the unwanted pounds, every dieter aims to keep it off. Sadly, many wind up slipping on the pounds as the calendar year progresses. It is important that these dieters maintain their new way of living and not return to their old habits.
Their old habits of chili cheese fries twice a week and no exercise were what made them overweight. Their new habits of fruit as snacks and taking a walk after dinner are things that help to keep them slim and healthy. So it makes practical sense that if one maintains these healthy habits: they will maintain their healthy physique.
Many dieters need some support during their first year of maintenance. Lots of traditional weight loss programs offer maintenance plans to help those new to the world of weight loss adjust to their lives. While some may look at these as a way for a company to grab more money from you, look at this an opportunity to discover new habits and to adjust to your new way of life.
When you live a maintenance diet, you are eating just a little more food than if you were to lose weight. This is an area where many dieters slip up: they add way too much food to their new diets! Weighing yourself regularly will also help you track if your maintenance plan is successful. If you are gaining weight, it needs some adjustment. If you are still losing weight, it also needs some adjustment.