Actually, any weight loss diet will work … if all you’re looking for is a result that lasts only a few days or so. And if you don’t mind ballooning back to a big size after a few short days of being slim.
As if the deal you made with your fairy godmother has been broken.
But I bet that’s not what you want.
You want to get slim and stay in shape for the rest of your life, right?
In that case, stop looking for a “miracle” slimming diet. There isn’t one.
As long as you’re on a “weight loss diet,” you’re not going to change your body permanently.
Here are five reasons why:
When you’re following a weight loss diet, think what it implies. You’re on a diet. Doesn’t it sound like you’re only doing it for a short period?
So, there’s no surprise that the results only last a short while.
If you want a permanent result, you’ve got to change permanently. It might seem obvious. But many people don’t seem to “get it.”
Think about it …
You can’t be on a weight loss diet all your life. That’s just not practical.
So, what can you do?
You’ve got to change your eating habits forever. You’ve got to eat in such a way that your body doesn’t need to store all that flab any more. In other words, get proper nutrition.
If you don’t know the basics of proper nutrition, you’re not going to find it easy to lose weight (at least, not permanently). You’ve got to know which food is good for you, which food is bad for you and so on.
Otherwise, how are you going to make smart food choices that’ll get you a great slim body?
So, if you haven’t already, you’ve got to invest some time to learn which foods are good and which are bad.
There’s a pitfall that many people fall into. They think they know which foods are bad. But as food marketers get more and more sophisticated, there are a lot of myths that even the most health conscious people are buying into.
Myths such as this one: “wholewheat bread is good for you”. And “saturated fats are bad for you” and so on and so forth. There’s a lot of myths like that, but you can see them get shot down in flames on this site.
Eating healthy is not enough. Your body may not react well to some healthy food.
That will make losing weight more difficult for you.
From what I’ve learnt from Isabel, the creator of a popular online nutrition program, there are mainly 3 metabolism types: Protein type, carb type and mixed type.
Depending on what type you are, you should have a different ratio of protein, fats and carbohydrates.
For example, if you’re a protein type, your body is likely to react well to higher amounts of protein and fats. Not only that, the sources of the protein should come as much as possible from red meat or dark meat poultry. Rather than from lower fat protein sources such as white meat poultry and white fish.
You can find out what metabolism type you are in Isabel’s nutrition program. After finding that out, you’ll also see what ratios of protein, carbs and fats she recommends you should eat. She’ll also show you what amounts to eat and where to get them from.
Basically, you should pay attention to how your body reacts to the food you eat – whether that’s a good reaction or a bad one. Being able to do that will help with your weight loss big time.
If you’re not in good shape, chances are ... your eating habits are also not in good shape. Can you realistically expect to change your body overnight?
You can’t do that with your eating habits either.
If you go on a weight loss diet, most of the time you’re expected to change your eating habits immediately. Suddenly you’re not allowed to eat all your usual foods.
OK, you might be able to stay on a weight loss diet like that for a short while. But you’ll soon fall back into your old eating habits.
That’s because you haven’t given yourself enough time to make changes. Permanent change takes time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, after all.
For example, if you eat big burgers five times a week, don’t try to suddenly replace them with a bowl of salad and grilled fish.
Try reducing the number of times to 4 times a week. And replace the remaining one time with one healthy meal. Once you’ve got that in place, you can replace your usual order of fries with a bowl of salad. And then gradually reduce the number of times you eat burgers and gradually replace them with healthy alternatives.
You improve your nutrition one thing at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be very surprised to find that your eating habits have improved significantly. And your waist has become an inch smaller!
You get excited and keep on improving your eating habits to reduce your waist a few more inches.
Yeah … that’s more like it, right? :-)
If you really want a shapely body, some form of strength training is vital. Why? Strength training increases the amount of lean muscle mass in your body.
Why does having more lean muscle mass matter?
Because the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you’re going to burn. That means you’ll be burning more fat while you’re resting, sitting or even sleeping.
Some women worry that strength training will make them look muscular like a “she-male”. But what they don’t realize is that most people who get bulky either specifically train to become like that or they take performance enhancing drugs.
Otherwise, it’s extremely unlikely (especially for a woman) to become huge and muscular like them.
The only thing strength training will do is to give you a leaner, shapelier, firmer body. Who wouldn’t want that?
You can do strength training using all sorts of weights such as dumbbells, kettlebells, sandbags and any heavy stuff lying around your house.
In fact, I’ve designed a weight training program which you can do at home. You can do each workout in less than 30 minutes just 2 to 3 times a week. What’s more, it’s suitable for even the most raw beginners who have never exercised before.
Check out this toning workout program yourself.
There you go. I’m glad you read this page before you try another weight loss diet.
Aren’t you glad that you did? ;-)