3 Weight Loss Rules for Successful Slimming

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Are you trying to lose weight for the first time? If you are a weight loss newbie, you're probably overwhelmed by the number of weight loss plans and products on the market. Sorting through the crazy claims can be exhausting and, sadly, much of the information is wrong.

Before you fall victim to any diet fads or gimmicks, there are three things you should know about weight loss that smart dieters already know. These aren't the facts that diet salespeople will give you, but if you are serious about losing weight, you need to be informed.

3 Important Facts About Weight Loss

  1. You must go on a diet to lose weight.  Have you heard weight-loss gurus say that diets don’t work? Well, that statement isn't necessarily correct. Most fad diets and overly restrictive eating plans are doomed to fail. Crash diets aren't sustainable and may even cause harm. But healthy diets do work and there are important scientific reasons that you need to go on a diet if you want to lose weight. The bottom line is that if you want to slim down then you need to change what you eat — and that's a diet.
    1. So how do smart dieters choose the best diet plan? They don't make the newbie mistake of choosing one of those popular diets that aren't likely to work. Instead, they find the best diet based on their lifestyle, health history, and personal preferences. For some people, a diet delivery plan is best. Others prefer to cook and prepare healthy meals at home. You may even want to invest in an appointment with a registered dietitian to improve or accommodate a health condition. Either way, the plan needs to meet your unique needs. That way it becomes a healthy eating plan that they stick to for life.
  2. You can't eat more and expect to weigh less. You've probably seen ads for weight loss plan that say you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight. And many diets plans suggest that you should eat every three hours to avoid a condition that they call "starvation mode." These claims might give you the impression that you should can any food and eat often to lose weight. But, if you are serious about losing weight, then you need to get serious about eating less, not more. Weight loss happens when you create a calorie deficit. So dieters need to eat less food, consume fewer calories, or eat less often to lose weight. In many cases, you need to do all three. And if you think that exercise alone will do the trick, think again. Unless you have a very small amount of weight to lose, you probably won't be able to do the amount of exercise necessary to burn enough calories for weight loss. 
  3. Losing weight isn't easy and it often feels bad. Dieting is uncomfortable. The weight loss process doesn't always feel good because change is hard. Of course, not every day will be awful. You'll have good days and bad days. But if you expect the entire journey to be easy, then you'll be more likely to quit when unexpected challenges arise. Smart dieters know to prepare themselves for a few weeks of feeling tired, hungry and crabby. But they also know that the payoff —a lean, fit, healthy body— is worth the effort. 

So now that you know what smart dieters know, you're ready to lose weight. Ask yourself key questions to find the best diet, create healthy eating habits, exercise regularly, and stay connected to others who are on the same path. You'll also be more likely to succeed if you get plenty of support from friends and family. 

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