While you may not what to hear this, it’s an important truth: Dieting is risky business. In fact, many sources as much as 80 percent of people who lose weight on a diet gain it (plus more) back after just two years. How can you lose weight and keep it off it avoid adding to these grim statistics? Here are seven tips.
- Get on a realistic diet. There are tons of crazy diets out there, many of which require you to eat an incredibly low number of calories. While you will lose weight on these programs, you cannot stay on them for long stretches of time. Instead, follow a diet that you can stick with for years to come.
- Weigh yourself every week. If you’ve struggled with your weight in the past, it’s important to keep a balanced view of the scale. The trick is to not become overly concerned with your weight – which can fluctuate greatly from day to day – while still monitoring any changes. Weighing yourself no more than once each week will help you ward off any slow gains while not getting discouraged by any slight shifts in the numbers.
- Eat satisfying foods. One of the major problems with “diet foods” is that they can leave you feeling hungry and just generally unsatisfied. Both protein and fiber have been shown to help to increase feelings of fullness so that you don’t feel hungry while eating less. Gnarly Slim contains high-quality protein and several other ingredients designed to optimize your metabolism and control your appetite. Plus it’s delicious.
- Stay active. People who are physically active for 60 to 90 minutes every day tend to weigh less than their more sedentary counterparts. This doesn’t necessarily have to be “exercise” but can involved any moderate-intensity activity like going for a brisk walk or taking care of things around the house. Those 60 to 90 minutes also don’t have to be crammed into one block but can be spread throughout the day.
- Have a support system. Family and friends who know the work that you’re putting into your health can be a valuable motivational tool. This is especially true if they are on a similar mission. That way, you can have a consistent source of encouragement and support, even when you slip up a little bit.
- Don’t deprive yourself. As mentioned, most diets fail because they just aren’t enjoyable. When creating a long-term, sustainable healthy lifestyle, it’s important to allow yourself some treats from time to time. The trick is simply not to indulge.
- Plan ahead. In order for you to keep your healthy routine… routine, you may have to do some extra planning. Think about how you’re going to handle vacations and special occasions. Try to decide ahead of time what you’re going to eat or get in the habit of preparing your own food instead of relying on what’s convenient when you’re hungry.