I regularly get asked by friends, family members, and random people I meet, the secret to losing weight.
I suppose they are looking for the “insider” info on how to drastically drop those pounds, and pronto!
And, I’m willing to help a friend whenever I can. But, it seems to me that many people are only interested in a miracle quick fix. As if there’s a wonder pill or diet food to magically make the fat disappear.
Believe me, if I knew what it was, I’d be a rich women by now! 🙂
Anyway, the conversation usually involves questions about some weight loss pill or fad diet, which promises to melt away body fat — everyone from celebs, to the women next door is doing it… apparently!
Unfortunately, no-one wants to hear the cold, hard facts… that there really is no quick fix solution to blast that fat.
Let’s say you have 30 pounds to lose, and it takes you a year or two to lose that weight, so what? In the grand scheme of things two years is a relatively short period of time, don’t you think?
And, if losing it over a longer time frame means you get to keep it off (as studies suggest), isn’t it worthwhile?
If that seems like a long time to you, remember you didn’t gain your weight overnight. It took its time creeping on there. So, it’s not unimaginable to think it will take some time coming off again, too.
Here are a few questions you need to consider:
- How many quick fix diet solutions have you tried in the past?
- How successful where they?
- Are you ready to try the long-haul, but potentially more successful route this time?
Weight Loss Facts
I know I’ve said this so many times here before, but perhaps you need to hear it again… friend to friend… the hard facts about weight loss.
To be successful long-term in losing weight, you need to make permanent changes to your everyday eating and lifestyle habits. Slowly, but surely, letting the weight come off, and stay off for LIFE.
So, how do you go about putting this well-known, but often ignored, weight loss fact into practise?
Well, let’s take carbs as our example.
Many people think they need to completely cut carbs from their diet to lose weight. While I don’t agree with that completely, I do agree most people depend way too much on carbohydrate foods at mealtimes, and that they eat all the wrong types.
But, the problem with cutting whole food groups from your diet is, that when you go back to eating “normally” again, you no longer know what normal is for you. Also, there’s a tendency to overeat what you’ve deprived yourself of.
So, what happens? You end up back at square one again.
The way I see it, you’d be better learning how to control what you eat.
Rather than cutting carbs completely from you diet, it would be better to begin by modifying your choices, and also to cut back on your frequency of intake.
Making small changes like this can have a huge impact.
Then, when you get to grips with that change, move on to something else, for example your soda addiction, or your afternoon snacking habit.
I know, this is merely scratching the surface in terms of losing weight, but it’s a start, and a good one at that!
So, have you ever had to give a friend some advice on dieting? What weight loss facts did you have to get serious about? Perhaps you were the friend needing to hear those harsh truths — how did you respond?