The most disillusioning part of trying to lose weight finding out that the diet you’ve been following is just not working for you. We want results and we want to see them fast. It’s hard to see the weight stay on. Sometimes patience pays off but few are able to be patient.
Weighing in every week as opposed to every day can be encouraging. Also seeing how many inches you’ve lost along with pounds can be a real motivator. Weight loss is simple once you figure out how to keep yourself motivated. So STOP looking for the perfect diet and just do the math. Losing weight is simple math—if you burn more than you’re getting from food then your body will get what it needs by breaking down fat cells. Here are a few fundamental tools and diet plans that you can steal from to make your own weight loss plan. These tips have had considerable success because they are simple and sensible.
U.S.D.A Food Pyramid
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the way we eat needs a complete makeover. Most people get their calories from simple carbs but eating complex carbs in the form of whole-grain will itself leave you a few pounds lighter. Complex carbs keep you full longer. The recommended servings of fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals abundantly. This really is not a diet but a choice to stay far from packaged foods and all their preservatives. Eat fresh produce and whole grains instead.
This diet has been out there for over 10 years now. It was created by a French doctor, Dr. Dukan to help his patients fight obesity. Years of research bore fruit as he studied the importance of protein in satiety and appetite suppression. His high-protein diet restricts which types of food you can eat for a fixed period of time until the desired weight has been shed. In the last phases of the weight loss program, the dieter learns how to keep the weight off—for life! It’s a lifestyle change. That’s what makes it different from every other high-protein diet.
While U.S.D.A’s suggestions form a good foundation for healthy eating, the Harvard School of Public Health makes its own suggestions. For people who don’t like to constantly count how much they eat to eat particular food groups, Harvard’s food pyramid will be easier to follow because it is not specific about serving amounts. It suggests eating more than carbohydrates and additionally eating healthy fats like monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, nuts, or olive oil.
Losing weight is not rocket science. In all the chaos and arguments about which diet is the best, we tend to forget that perseverance in eating fewer calories than you are burning is the key to weight loss. So keep your diet simple and sensible and hang in there, the results will show.