Starting a Smart Weight Loss Program
one of the many people planning to embark on a weight loss
program that really works, start out with these realistic
the Basic Truth
loss happens when you burn off more calories than you take
in. There's no magic formula that can bypass this simple
fact. The interesting thing about weight loss is that even
though the formula is simple, many human beings have a difficult
time accepting it.
of setting yourself up for another episode of yo-yo dieting,
commit to a sensible approach. And don't forget that if
a diet doesn't sound like something you can stick with over
the long term, it's not a good idea for you.
Avoid tricky, weird diets that promise you'll lose a lot
of weight in a short period of time. If it sounds like a
diet is too good to be true, it probably is. Instead, talk
with a dietitian or nutritionist to find out what kind of
food plan you should be on. This should entail finding out
how many calories you should eat each day, how big your
portions should be and what types of foods you should eat
to help you meet your weight loss goals.
in a book that features information about healthy eating
and healthy recipes. As you learn new recipes and read about
what's in the food you eat, you'll become more and more
adept at choosing healthy foods when you're in the grocery
store and eating in restaurants.
Exercise Part of the Equation
no question that exercise is an important part of any weight
loss plan. It's good for your health in a lot of ways, and
it helps you burn calories.
the Support of Family and Friends
hard to make major changes alone, especially if your family
members are eating differently than you. Get them involved
in your plan. Healthy eating is for everyone, not just people
who want to lose some weight.
The American Dietetic Association; The Food and Drug Administration; 2001