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Make Losing Weight Easier With These Tips

By Rachel Carver

Starting a weight loss journey is exciting. You want to create a new diet. You want to start new workouts. However, life gets complicated. Plans change, and things that seemed easy can suddenly become difficult.

Making weight loss complicated will most likely result in failure. The key to success is to create a realistic plan and to strategize for when change happens.

Read on for some tips to keep weight loss simple.

Create a Sustainable Lifestyle

Fad diets promising quick weight loss sound very tempting in the beginning. However, these diets are complicated, hard to execute, and usually cannot be sustained over a long period of time. Weight loss that occurs because of these diets is usually followed closely by weight gain if you deviate from these diets. This can lead to a vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting.

Ditch restrictive diets and focus on making small, sustainable changes. Eat more fiber by incorporating foods such as fruits and vegetables and whole grains into your meals and snacks. Make a conscious effort to move more with daily walks.

Don't Eliminate Foods

Some diets want you to avoid bread, cheese, and even fruit. However, all food groups belong in a healthy, balanced diet. You need to nourish your body properly and satisfy your hunger while creating a calorie deficit to lose weight.

Commit to making healthier choices within the food groups instead of removing certain groups. Stock your pantry with fiber-rich carbs such as quinoa, oats, and whole-grain pastas. Incorporate lean protein such as chicken, fish, and nut butters into your meals and snacks. And enjoy treats high in added sugar in moderation.

Avoid Weight Loss Products

Weight loss products such as detox teas offer a quick fix. However, they are usually costly and contain hidden, unsafe ingredients. Remember there is no magic solution when it comes to weight loss. A personal trainer or nutritionist can help you create a customized plan that fits your goals and lifestyle without weight loss products.

Be Flexible

You can bring a healthy salad or veggie tray to a summer barbeque. However, constantly worrying about each food you consume at a restaurant or work event will only lead to stress and burnout.

Don't tell yourself you are on a diet. Commit to living a healthier lifestyle, knowing this will sometimes include ice cream or pizza. If you take the family out for ice cream or join your co-workers for happy hour, balance this with healthy food choices after the event. Your success chances are much higher if you allow yourself to enjoy all aspects of food and to be comfortable when things change.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mukilteo, Wash.

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