To lose weight and keep it off you need an easy to follow no fuss plan. You need a plan that is simple and sensible. You need a plan that you can use everyday to get slim and healthy.
You need a plan that builds on your success day-by-day. A plan that keeps you inspired and motivated by seeing results. Fast! If you donít see and feel results fast itís far to easy to be tempted by the next fast food drive- thru or vending machine.
You need a plan that works for you, a plan that blends into your lifestyle. A plan that you can live with, forever. A plan that is so easy to follow that it easily becomes your automatic daily routine without fuss or stress. Thatís the real secret to permanent weight-loss, you know, having an automatic daily routine. No thinking required.
Most people go on train wreck diets. They follow the latest fad. They start a diet, lose some weight, then go off it and the scale starts creeping back up. Sometimes they gain even more. Yo-yo- dieting, up and down and back up again is a nightmare. You donít want to do that, itís bad for your health.
Permanent weight loss requires changes in your lifestyle, changes in your behaviors. You canít expect to lose weight by doing the same things like overeating, sitting around watching hours and hours of television and not exercising. The secret is to lose weight the same way you plan on keeping it off. In other words simply get on the train of healthy lifestyle behaviors and stay with it. Donít crash. Stop looking for magic pills and quick
You canít expect to lose weight and keep it off by ignoring good nutrition and eating foods that are bad for you. Junk food leads to a junked and tired body that ages fast. Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, stroke and arthritis are just a few of the health problems associated with obesity.
When I say ďjunk foodĒ I donít mean just fast food, donuts, or candy, I mean all the foods that donít seem so bad but are full of sugar, starches and fats. Foods like fruit juice are full of sugar. Youíre better off to eat the fruit and drink some water. Foods like pasta, rice and french fries are full of empty calories that cause the release of insulin and puts your body into fat storage mode.
Permanent weight loss requires you to be informed about what foods have good nutritional value and what ones donít. You donít need to take a college nutrition course but you do need to know some basic ďnutrition 101Ē principles.
To be successful with your weight loss and lifetime management you need to know the difference between proteins, fats and carbohydrates. You need to know how much protein you should be eating, how many carbohydrates and what kinds of fats. You can easily reach your weight-loss goals by just knowing what, when and how much to eat. People get confused about dieting and weight-loss. They make it way too complicated and stressful. Who needs more stress when youíre trying to lose weight?
It doesnít have to be that way. You just need some sound nutrition principles, a list of the right foods that you like, an organized and efficient way to shop and cook meals, and an
automatic daily routine that includes exercise.
Hereís a life changing tip; instead of being a creature of bad habits just decide to become a creature of good habits. Donít waste your time trying to break bad habits just put a good one over the top of the bad one. One-by-one, step-by-step. I call that the replacement behavior trick. Iíve developed many strategies like this for my own weight loss battle.
Look, the goal is to lose weight, right? Not stress and complicate things. Make weight loss simple by developing an automatic daily routine. It really can be as simple as that.
Copyright © 2005 Sheri Graber. All rights reserved.
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About the author:
Sheri Graber understands the pain and frustration of being overweight. After struggling for years with the emotional stress of having a weight problem she lost 87 pounds in 6 months following a simple plan and has kept it off for 4 years. She writes and speaks about obesity and weight loss to help others experience their own weight loss success. She is the author of Automatic Weight-Loss Plan: Program Yourself Slim the Simple Simon Way. http://www.automaticweightlossplan.com
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