Do you feel like you are constantly dieting, but still can't seem to achieve lasting results?
You aren't alone. According to CBS News, the majority of Americans, a whopping 45 million of us, are on a diet. And yet, 68% of adults over the age of 20 years old is either obese or overweight.
That's not all. Wellsphere, a website sponsored by Stanford University, claims that only 5% of people who lose weight on a crash diet will actually keep it off long-term.
The above statistics, reported by the popular health site Livestrong, indicate what many of us already know. Fad diets and lose-weight-quick method rarely work to achieve long-term weight loss.
If constantly battling the bulge has left you feeling frustrated, this post is for you.
Want to find out how to successfully maintain your ideal weight?
Read on to learn how to lose weight the healthy way!
Healthy Habits to Help You Lose Weight and Keep it Off
The first thing to keep in mind when you set out to shed extra pounds, is that lasting results don't happen overnight. And following a strict, super-fast weight loss regime isn't usually the answer. Even when people do lose weight with this route, it tends to creep back in no time.
What good is eliminating inches around your waistline if they are just going to return? Then you are right back to square one and feeling less confident and more defeated than before.
Instead, physicians and nutrition experts advocate aiming for a healthy lifestyle, rather than suffering through another temporary diet that yields temporary results.
Here are some of the top tips to achieve a healthy weight the healthy way.
Eat to Live
Many of us, after following strict dieting regimes, find ourselves craving the foods we've forbidden. When we do allow ourselves to indulge, we over-do it.
If you aren't careful you will get caught up in a vicious cycle of starving, then surrendering to unhealthy cravings.
Instead, approach each day with a “eat to live” mentality. Choose foods that are healthy and nutritious.
When your mouth starts watering for that slice of chocolate cake, go ahead and have a bite or two.
The key to developing healthy eating habits for the long haul is learning how to treat yourself in moderation.
It's not all about what you eat.
Exercise is a fundamental part of maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle.
If you want to give yourself the best chances of sticking with a fitness routine, try to incorporate a variety of activities that you find enjoyable. You will be much more likely to follow through if you look forward to your routine.
It doesn't matter what you choose, as long as you get your blood pumping and your heart rate up two to three times a week. You can alternate riding a bike, aerobics, and briskly walking around your neighborhood or local park. Mixing up your routine will ward off boredom and help you find the routine that fits your preferences.
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