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A Sustainable Plan for Long-term Weight Loss Success
When it comes to healthy eating, it is very important to have balanced dietary intake.
There are so many “fad diets” that can be found on the Internet that do not include this principle! Many of them involve restricting or eliminating certain types of foods or food groups. While these types of restrictive diets usually do produce weight loss results, they are not often sustainable for long periods of time. Whenever an individual stops the "diet" and returns to their normal eating habits, they often regain the weight that they lost and sometimes more.
Before beginning any type of fad diet ask yourself the question, "can I eat this way for the rest of my life?" If you find the answer to be "no," that is probably not the best plan for you for long-term success!
For this reason, I help my clients to learn how to create a balance plate that limits calorically dense foods while incorporating nutrient dense foods.
To clarify, nutrient dense foods contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, but they did not contain lots of calories. Calorically dense food, on the other hand, most often contains a lot of energy dense calories but doesn't contain many vitamins, minerals, or other important nutrients.
The best way to lose weight successfully and keep it off is to have a slower but steady plan for loss.
Some examples of unsustainable weight loss...
Shows like the Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss with Chris Powell can be inspiring and motivating to watch; however, I feel that they most often give people unrealistic weight loss expectations.
When watching these types of shows, we see how the contestants on these shows week after week put up remarkable weight losses. On the Biggest Loser, the contestants live on the ranch and are in a very safe environment, which is conducive for weight loss. While on the ranch, they workout for many hours a day, have someone to shop for them to buy healthy foods, and are away from the food temptations that are present in our everyday lives. A lot of times when the contestants leave the ranch and are confronted with normal daily life and temptations they often regain the weight that they lost on a ranch. So quicker is not always better.
The Key to Successful at weight loss...
It is more important to go slower and have realistic goals of losing no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week. While losing weight is important because it allows the individual to see progress and the fruits of their labor, it is most important in the early stages of weight loss began to create new and healthy habits. It is these types of habits that will enable you to sustain your weight loss indefinitely as long as you continue to practice those habits!