If you want to lose weight and keep it off then those fad diets you see those celebrities promoting are unlikely to help.
These diets are often only a short term solution and while they may result in weight loss initially, chances are they are not suited for the long term.
To avoid the yo-yo dieting that these fad diets entail I suggest you opt for a change of lifestyle instead, or rather a ‘lasting diet’. One that you can stick to for the long term.
Here are some tips to help you create a lasting diet.
#1: Stop making resolutions
At this time of year many people are making New Year resolutions to lose weight.
Unfortunately it is not enough to just say you want to lose weight, you also need to take the necessary steps to achieve this goal too.
This is where so many people fail.
You must be 100% committed to losing the weight, otherwise I am sorry to say but you are not likely to keep the weight off long term.
#2: Don’t expect miracles
Chances are it has taken a few months or even years to gain weight so you cannot expect to lose the weight overnight, can you?
It is going to take a little time, but if you stick to your methods then you will achieve your goal.
#3: Take things slow
Of course cutting back on junk food and your bad habits is a good idea, however you are unlikely to break these habits overnight.
Take things slow and allow yourself the occasional treat. It will keep you from going completely over-indulging.
#4: Look at what has caused your weight gain
Are there factors that have caused your weight gain?
A lack of sleep and stress are too common issues that can cause lethargy and food cravings.
Unless you address what is causing you to gain weight you are not going to see long-lasting weight loss results.
#5: Forget about a personal trainer
It can be tempting to book a personal trainer when you first decide to lose weight but I would advise against it.
In fact I would go so far as to say to not bother with a gym membership either.
You don’t need either, and they can be an expense that you don’t necessarily need.
You can workout at home for free, just browse YouTube for hundreds of home workouts. Even walking every day is a great way to burn off excess calories.
#6: Don’t look at other people
We are all different, so not only will we all lose weight at different speeds, but also our methods will need to be different too.
Who cares if your friend has managed to lose 6 pounds in a week? Are you trying to lose weight for you or for her?
Looking at other peoples results will only leave you feeling sorry for yourself, which is not something you need.
#7: Don’t set rules
Okay, I don’t mean all rules, but try to be a little flexible with the ones you make.
If you are too tough on yourself, or wont allow yourself any indulgences then your diet will become boring incredibly quickly.
Chances are you will soon get bored with this overly strict regime, so you will end up quitting your efforts entirely.