There are literally millions of articles and prgrams where people claim they have discovered the ideal way to lose weight, and it has become a multi-billion dollar industry. They can’t all be right can they?
My extensive research, from numerous highly reputable sources, has confirmed what I already believed to be the case; that for the vast majority of people, diets and weight loss programs do not work over the lomg-term.
Of course there are exceptions, and these are the stories you see in the media and in advertising aimed at selling you a particular diet. It would be interesting to see how the people featured in these amazing diet success stories are doing 5 years later.
How to Lose Weight Naturally and Permanently
A short term diet is not the road to long-term sustainable way to lose weight and achieve good health. What you must do to make permanent changes, is to adopt all the elements of a healthy lifestyle. So it is no coincidence that that is exactly what I am recommending that you do on my website as part of your plan to live a long, healthy, happy and wealthy life.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle and incorporating it as a permanent practice in your everyday life, will ensure that you progressively improve your overall health and well-being, and lose weight in the long-term, because you are now leading a healthy lifestyle and you have stopped doing the things that caused you to be overweight in the first place.
This article will give you the “Big Picture” that may make you think carefully about whether to take a more comprehensive approach to lose weight than just trying another diet. If you decide to try this approach, it may take longer to get the results you are looking for, but when you do lose weight, as you will if you follow the guidelines I have presented, you can be sure that it will be sustainable if you continue to live a healthy life; which by the way is really not hard once you have made the change, seen positive results, and your body has become accustomed to the common-sense guidelines you adopted.
If, as part of your overall plan to design a long healthy happy and prosperous retirement life you feel that a structured diet or weight loss plan would be the best course of action for you personally, I suggest that you take a look at the Atkins diet and a Mediterranean diet. Both of these dietary plans follow a nutritional plan with fruit, vegetables, salads, lean meat, fish, nuts, and whole grains as their core ingredients. This is exactly what I have recommended as part of my system to design a healthy lifestyle. I have posted links to the websites I used to get an understanding of those diets at the end of this article.
In closing I would like to share my own story of how I managed to effortlessly lose weight with you; I am afraid it’s not dramatic, because I have never been significantly over my chosen ideal weight. But I must admit that about 2 years ago, before I adopted the key elements of a healthy lifestyle, in my case a healthy diet ( I have always exercised regularly and I believe that is the other key element), I had gradually crept up from 85 kg to about 92 kg. It was not until I looked at a picture someone had recently taken that I realised what my profile looked like-i.e. not real good. That was coincidentally when, for a number of reasons I started to take healthy nutrition seriously, with a focus on vegetables and fruit, including a daily Green Smoothie which provided most of the vegetables I needed to eat daily.
As I stuck with this over time – which was actually quite easy as I became accustomed to the smoothies, vegetables and fruit; I noticed that my weight was steadily going down. I reached my original target of 85 kg in about 9 months, and my weight kept going down, without any conscious intent on my behalf; so I set myself a new goal to get to and maintain a weight below 80 kg (187 pounds), which I got to in another 6 months. Since then, now being completely used to my healthy nutrition and still exercising regularly,
I am finding that weight easy to maintain – I just jump on the scales once a week, or when I feel like I have eaten too much, and if it has increased slightly, I just exercise more awareness of what I eat for a while and the extra weight disappears.
P.S. Just to put this story in perspective I am 185.4 cm. (6 feet, one inch) tall and when I got married aged 24 years, I weighed 82 kg. I added a new picture opposite-as they say – a picture speaks a thousand words.
P.S.S. I admit that I am now able to indulge myself with an occasional treat, usually when I am with my 3 teenage daughters (all chocoholics), and I think that is fine once you have your weight and your mindset under control.
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Healthy weight loss
I suggest you start by reading my article “What is a healthy lifestyle” This will give you a comprehensive overview of what you need to consider as part of your healthy lifestyle.
More Formal weight loss programs, the Atkins diet and a Mediterranean diet:-
The Atkins diet, to quote their website “Is based on proven Atkins principles of eating protein and fibre rich foods that leave you feeling more satisfied”. http://atkins.com/
The Mediterranean diet, according to Wikipedia “is a modern nutritional recommendation inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of Greece, Spain and southern Italy” There is no official website so I will give you the link to one that I found useful and comprehensive: http://www.mediterraneanbook.com/
Both of these dietary plans follow a nutritional plan with fruit, vegetables, salads, lean meat, fish, nuts, and whole grains as their core ingredients.