Most of us have heard that diets are not an effective way to lose weight long-term and live a healthy lifestyle. Most diets will have you feeling sluggish and discouraged throughout the program. The main problem with diets are the weight lost will eventually come back when the diet is over. This occurs because your metabolism slows down greatly when you restrict food intake, once on a normal eating routine, the weight gain will occur before your metabolism speeds back up (Smith et al., 2014). At the end of the diet you will probably unfortunately realize you lost more money than weight.
The next step will be to address what actually works and it will be surprising that it is not as complicated or difficult as some people make it out to be. It starts with having the lifestyle change mindset and not a temporary fix or weight loss. Furthermore, having others support you and have them hold you accountable are a great way to stay encouraged in the process (Smith et al., 2014). A study showed that by just sending daily text messages to their subjects resulted in a statistically significant decrease in weight at the end of the study (Raab et al., 2009). In addition, don’t feel discouraged if you are only losing 1-2 lbs. per week, losing weight rapidly can have negative effects on your body. The majority of weight lost during restrictive eating diets is water and muscles instead of fat. Also, short-term goals, such as getting beach ready for the summer are great, but longer term goals ultimately work better. Finally, keeping a daily nutrition and exercise journal will benefit you greatly by being able to track progress and stay motivated (Smith et al., 2014)
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Smith, M., Paul, M., & Robinson, L. (2014, February 1). Healthy Weight Loss & Dieting Tips. : How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off. Retrieved April 26, 2014, from http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_weight_loss.htm