My clients tell me often that yes, they need to lose weight, but no, they can't stick to a diet. There are many different diets out there, making it difficult to know which diet is best and has the most benefits. The truth is diets don't work. Only 5 percent of people who follow a diet actually succeed in losing weight and keeping it off. Here are the ABCs of eating healthy:
- Always be prepared. You can't expect to eat healthy all the time and lose weight if you aren't prepared. Plan ahead what you will eat (include snacks as well as meals) for the day or week and when you will exercise. Pack a lunch the night before when you can give a little more thought to your healthy options. Take some time on a Sunday afternoon or evening to clean vegetables or prepare an extra dish that can be reheated later in the week. And schedule exercise into your week the same way you would schedule a meeting or other activity. You are more likely to do it if you plan for it.
- Balance and moderation. The keys to a healthy lifestyle and successful weight loss are eating a variety of foods, not skipping meals, and maintaining a balance of carbohydrate, protein and fat in your diet.
- Choose wisely. You only need to cut out 3500 calories to lose a pound of fat. This means you only have to cut out a modest 250 calories a day to lose 1 pound of fat every 2 weeks. Adding regular exercise to your day can double that rate! Small changes in your daily eating habits can make a big difference in your weight without making you feel deprived.