The best way to lose weight and for it to stay off is by changing to a healthy diet and taking more exercise.
Fad diets may help you to lose weight quicker but rarely does it last so be in for the long haul and change your lifestyle permanently for a better and lighter future.
Examine carefully what you eat and even keep a food diary for a few weeks to see where the problem lies.
Late night snacking might be your weakness or a regular stop on the way to work for a doughnut may be piling on the pounds. Eliminate any obvious over indulgences and try to change bad habits into good ones.
At the same time consider how much exercise you take and think of ways that this can be improved. If you hardly do any then introduce it gradually, maybe a short walk every day which you increase by a little extra as the weeks go by. [Walking Exercise]
Never take up something that is beyond your abilities, know your limitations. As your body adjusts to your new routine it will start to become easier and you will actually begin to enjoy it too.
To increase its appeal, write a list of places that you want to visit and use your new regime as an excuse to do just that.
Take your weight before the changes take place and determine a target, having a goal is a big help and could make the difference between success and failure. Weigh yourself once a week, on the same day and at the same time, keep a chart to log your progress.
Get to know the food you like and start to cut down on high fat ingredients and change to healthier cooking options. Avoid frying and use the grill instead, steam and bake meat and vegetables for a change. If you like big meals get a smaller plate and you will soon acclimatize to the portion size.
You should be aware that if you have large muscles, exercise will probably add weight rather than reduce it as the muscles grow, don’t worry about that, muscle weight is good weight.
Eat slower and stop when you feel full, get to know when your body tells you its hungry and avoid comfort eating. Most snacking is done through boredom, if you find it impossible to stop think up more healthy snacks like fruit etc.
Try out new recipes and cook with new ingredients, often something we have never tried before can be actually be very enjoyable if we just give it a chance. Change to skimmed milk and switch from butter to a healthier alternative. All these little changes should be done gradually and over a period of time.