How to Achieve Long-Term Sustainable Weight Loss

Many people who lose weight find that without careful monitoring the weight will creep back on. For some people, the weight they gain back after a weight loss is sometimes more than what they lost. This can lead to a cycle of weight loss and gain that can continue throughout a person’s life. The only way to create sustainable weight loss is to change the way you look at dieting.

For most people, dieting is a way to lose weight. They make temporary changes in their diet which lead to weight loss. However, after the weight is lost, they go back to eating the way they did before the diet. Since this is the way they originally gained the weight usually the weight will come back. So, in order to achieve long-term weight loss, you need to change the way you eat permanently.

Cut Your Serving Sizes

Many people don’t realize how much a serving size is. If you use restaurants as your guide, you may be consuming two to three times what you’re supposed to. Even cookbooks offer larger than average serving sizes of food.

In order to determine the correct serving size, you need to look at the measurements listed on food packages or look up serving sizes for fresh foods online.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

In a world where people are often looking for foods to eat while on-the-go, many people don’t consider the obvious choices. Fruits and vegetables are not just great side dishes. They can make excellent snacks.

healthy fruits and veggies

By increasing the number of fruits and vegetables you eat in your daily diet, you’re increasing the nutrients in your body which can help you become healthier. In addition, you’re filling up on natural foods instead of the processed snack foods many people choose when looking things to eat.

Make Small Changes Over Time

The way many people fail in changing their overall diet is that they try to do everything at once. They’ll cut out dairy, sugar, wheat, meat and anything else they think may cause weight gain. After a few days, they start craving foods and eventually many people give in. This leads to yet another diet failure.

Instead of making all of these changes at once, why not try eliminating one type of food every week, or every month depending on how difficult it is. By making small changes slowly, you give your body and mind time to adjust to these changes. This will make it easier to make these changes last.

Start Exercising More

Exercises can be added in small increments if you haven’t exercised regularly. The goal is a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. However, some people find this difficult. So why not start with 10 minutes. This quick workout can be done in the morning to get it out of the way. Because the time is so short, you won’t feel overwhelmed by it.

In time you can either add another 10-minute workout later in the day or increase your morning workout to 20 minutes. In time, you will find the workouts getting easier and you will be able to increase your workout to your goal amount or add more exercises when you’re ready.