Weight loss is big business as most of us look for quick and easy ways to lose excess pounds. Some people will go to great lengths and expense to do so. How successful a diet is depends upon your level of commitment.
If you have made a conscientious decision to lose unwanted pounds, you need to evaluate the various weight loss plans available to see which one would work for you. Whichever choice you make, it is necessary to first acknowledge that it is not a diet but rather a healthy way to eat. Calling it a diet is already setting yourself up for failure. Psychologically, most people view a “diet” as deprivation. When you feel you are depriving yourself of something you love . . . foods you love . . . your sub-conscious mind will constantly “dream” of the deprived foods rather than focus on the end and life-long results of healthy eating. It is best to choose a plan which will provide long-term weight loss and health.
There are many diets out there that promise quick weight loss such as The Atkins Diet and Sugar and Zone Diet which focus on proteins and carbohydrates while causing abnormal metabolic ketosis. There are also fasting diets which also causes ketosis as well as dehydration and stress on the liver and kidneys. One food diets such as the grapefruit diet and cabbage soup diet can not only become monotonous, they lead to nutrient deficiencies.
Surely all of these diets can guarantee a quick weight loss . . . temporarily . . . but it will not last. The weight will come right back as soon as you return to your normal eating habits. Not only is it a short quick-fix to lose weight, it is also unhealthy because all these diets deprive the body of essential nutrients as they affect the metabolism and internal organ function.
Some of the best proven weight loss plans are weight watchers and the Biggest Loser. These plans incorporate a completely balanced way of eating that can easily, at best, fit into a long-term life plan. You don’t feel deprived, you never go hungry and it is a way of eating that can easily work for the whole family. There is nothing worse than cooking a whole meal for your family while you sit and eat your “rabbit food”. Of course, some foods on these plans are modified. You do have to give up or greatly reduce fried foods and sugary treats. It does not mean you can’t occasionally have a few French fries and fried chicken or chocolate . . . foods that you love . . . but certainly not on a regular basis. These foods can be allowed on a limited basis.
Weight Watchers allows you to have just about anything as their plan improves all the time. We just need to learn how to eat in moderation. Instead of eating a scoop of ice cream, we want a pint. A new way of eating is learning how to eat differently for the best long term results.
Plans are available such as Seattle Sutton, Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem, which are all great plans if you are a celebrity with excess money to spend. These plans, though they can be costly, are very nicely packed and convenient. Balanced tasty meals are delivered right to your door, ready to heat and serve. The problem is that if you do use these plans but cannot afford to continue using them through the maintenance process, the weight will all come back when you return to your regular eating regimen.
The long and the short of it is, choose a healthy eating plan that works for you for long term weight loss. Choosing the plan that is nutritionally balanced will guarantee a slow but permanent weight loss. It is all a matter of commitment . . . to yourself. You can be successful by conditioning your mind to a new way of eating for health and loss of unwanted pounds.