There are literally thousands of diets and weight loss systems out there. All of them seeming better then the last one. Most of them make outlandish promises and false claims.
In general, if it seems to good to be true, then it probably is. If the diet or weight loss plan is sounding too good to be true, then it is. Don’t believe it, and don’t fall into their marketing ploys.
If the system does not include exercise, then it will not work. There is no easy way to weight loss. It takes work, and it takes consistency.
Any program that includes an extreme change to your diet or lifestyle for a short period of time, will not work. You may lose weight initially, but you will not be able to keep it off.
A secret the weight loss industry doesn’t want you to know is this: it is easy to lose weight within the first week or two of a new routine. It is harder to keep it off. The only way to keep it off is to change around your habits so you can stick with, long term, what got you to lose weight in the first place.
It will be very hard to avoid carbohydrates for the rest the rest of your life. It will be hard (if not impossible) to eat cabbage soup for the rest of your life. It would be hard to stay glueten and diary free for the rest of your life (unless you are allergic one of them).
But you can make small changes slowly over time so that you can get used to them and not change around your entire lifestyle in one shot. Changes to your lifestyle like slowly and easily incorporating exercise and eating right. Changes like: eat fast food no more than 2 times a week, walk (or any other type of low impact cardio-vascular exercise that won’t hurt you such as: elliptical machine, stationary bike, recumbent bike, rowing machine, stair master, swimming, water aerobics) for 20 minutes 3 days a week.
If you aren’t already doing these things, then they will be easy to incorporate into your lifestyle now. Even if you just make those changes to your lifestyle and stick with them for the rest of your life, you will be better off than doing nothing. And you will lose weight and keep it off by just doing what is mentioned above, if you are not already doing this.
Another way to help with weight loss is to weigh yourself periodically. I recommend no more than once a week. As long as you are increasing your activity level and eating better, you will lose weight. Even if you don’t lose much weight, you will be healthier and not susceptible to the health problems associated with being obese. As you increase your activity level, you will decrease your pain, have more energy and feel better in general.
If you want to lose weight, don’t skip meals. If you don’t eat breakfast, you will send your body into a starvation state and it will store whatever you eat next. Your metabolism will slow down and you will burn less energy. You will be more likely to overeat at your next meal to compensate consciously and unconsciously, for the missed calories from the previous meal. The same goes for lunch or dinner. You are better off eating something small then skipping a meal altogether.
Drinking lots of water can help you feel fuller while eating a meal. Water also helps all of the systems in your body work better and smoother. Water is 0 calories and is much healthier than any diet soda. Tea is also a great alternative. Regular black tea, green tea, white tea, herbal tea, any type of tea is good for you. Regular tea (black, green white) has anti-oxidants in it which help keep the body healthy. Tea is some caffeine, especially the black tea, but nearly as much as a cup of coffee. Tea is 0 calories, tastey, and a cup of tea is the same as drinking a cup of water.
Don’t fall for the hype. There is no correlation between eating low fat/no fat or low sugar/no sugar foods and losing weight. The main type of fat to avoid is saturated fat. Other fats are good for your body, and your body needs them. Sugar substitutes actually illicit an insulin response in the body, which is the same way that the body responds to sugar.
Diet sodas are addictive and harmful to your health. Aspartame, one the most popular artificial sweeteners, turns into formaldehyde in your body. Formaldehyde is the same chemical used to preserve dead bodies. It is horribly toxic and cancer causing. This is a link to an article I wrote previously about aspartame.
Not all carbohydrates are to be avoided. Simple carbohydrates are bad for you. They are the ones from highly processed foods like white bread, white flour, white pasta, white rice, pizza, most desserts, and many other foods. Simple carbohydrates are processed very quickly by the body and spike the blood sugar, giving you a rush of energy. Then after about 20 minutes your blood sugar drops for 2 to 4 hours. While your blood sugar is low you will feel tired, and your metabolism will slow down. Leaving you looking for more processed foods or simple sugars in the form of sweets, soda, or anything sugary. It is the body’s same response to eating something sugary.
Losing weight and feeling better by slowly incorporating exercise and eating right into your lifestyle is not complicated. It just takes work. The Pain Free Lifestyle program makes this even easier by laying out easily followed nutrition and eating guidelines and specific stretches and exercises. Making weight loss, getting in shape, and reducing pain easy is the Pain Free way.