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I’ve talk before about how I’ve seen diet programs, products and fads come and go. Many of them make big promises to you. Just drink this or stop eating that and you’ll lose weight like never before. That’s an appealing message. But here are three truths about weight loss that you may not want to hear:
Losing weight is a lifelong commitment.
Staying focused takes a lot of mental and physical energy.
Changing your habits is hard work.
Losing weight really is a matter of diet and exercise. Yes, a medical weight-loss program like Mercy’s OPTIFAST makes this process easier by replacing your daily diet with pre-packaged, low-calorie foods that keep you full and satisfied.
However, even with medical weight-loss programs, you must increase your exercise level and be prepared for dietary changes after you have met your weight-loss goal; otherwise, the excess weight is likely to come right back.
So, now that I’ve shared the truth, let me give you six simple but necessary strategies to help you lose weight successfully – for good.
1. Be realistic about weight loss and set firm goals you can meet.
To lose weight at a healthy pace, aim for 1-2 pounds per week, and hold yourself accountable for meeting that goal.
2. Get motivated!
It is up to you to lose weight. Only you can find the motivation and dedication it takes to get the job done. Find what motivates you and find a way to draw inspiration from this during moments of temptation.
3. Get Support.
It is also helpful to have support for your weight loss journey. Find a local weight-loss support group, medical weight-loss center or dedicated, positive friends who can be there for you when you need them.
4. Get active!
The key to successful and long-term weight loss is to get moving! No matter what plan or diet you choose to lose weight, the bottom line is you have to burn more calories than you consume. Exercise also helps to boost your mood, strengthen your cardiovascular system and reduce your blood pressure. It is imperative to exercise to help maintain weight loss for good.
5. Eat things you like.
Don’t make your diet so bland and undesirable that you sabotage yourself! There are plenty of healthy foods that taste good! Try to eat a variety of different foods – especially fruits and vegetables.
6. Change your way of thinking.
Realize that weight loss is not a 3 week or even 3 month plan to follow. These new habits must become a permanent way of life for you. You must change the way you eat and add exercise to your daily routine in order to experience long-term weight-loss success.
Have you struggles with losing weight on your own? Are you ready to take the necessary steps for permanent weight loss? Learn more about Mercy Weight Management and our OPTIFAST program. Complete our simple online form or call 330-588-4854.
About The Author
Kathy G. Wise RD LD CWC, CWP Director, Health & Wellness, Mercy Medical Center 1320 Mercy Drive NW, Canton, OH 44708 | 330-489-1479 firstname.lastname@example.org