Quick Weight Loss Tips – Tip # 2
Take the Long-Term Approach
“The best diet is the one you don’t know you are on.” ~ Brian Wansink, Ph.D.
It’s estimated that over 95% of all people who lose weight on a diet, gain it back. They started a diet and gave up feeling discouraged when they don’t lose much weight, or they started a diet, lost weight, gained back more weight, and then gave up in discouragement. Or some started on a different diet and repeated the same depriving, discouraging, demoralizing process.
If you want to be successful at not only losing, but keeping the kilo’s off, you need to take the long term approach: Look at what you are about to undertake not as a short term, quick, weight loss, but rather a change in lifestyle to last a lifetime. Remember, you did not go to bed skinny one night, and woke up the next morning, grossly overweight!
Deprivation diets don’t work long-term, because you just end up with a bigger craving for what you have cut back on. Yes, you will lose weight in time for that big event you were targeting to lose weight for, but after that, you will pile on the kilo’s again as you double your intake on what you felt “deprived” of.
That’s why we recommend you to work with a weight loss or health coach who can tailor an integrative program just for you, based on your specific lifestyle – what you eat, when you eat, even how you eat, what physical activities you do. You will begin to make more nutritious food choices, add exercise, and cut back somewhat – no more than 20% – on your eating.
If you falter along the way, you don't need to look at it as a failure because you know that you have a long time to make the changes. For example, if you go for a big Chinese wedding dinner, and you indulge in more than what you normally take, there is no need to feel guilty because you know that eating so much is not a regular habit, and that at the next meal you will eat more sensibly.
Look out for Tip #3 in the next segment of Health Coach International’s Quick Weight Loss Tips.
To read Tip#1 on weight loss motivation, click here.