Whether you've been on and off diets all your life or it's your first try, you've probably gotten far enough to know that weight loss and healthy eating plans are directly related. But our society sure doesn't make it easy. Fast food and enormous portions are a part of how many of us grew up. What makes matters even more complicated is the abundance of fad and miracle diets that promise what you want to hear but just don't work. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you're going to have to do it the boring way with eating right and exercise.
If you are overweight, losing those extra pounds not only makes you look and feel better, it contributes to your overall health. People who are not overweight are less at risk for serious health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
First of all, a word or two on fad diets: these all sound exciting when you first hear them and their supposed features usually include "over-night weight loss" and "no need to exercise" or similar claims. But these types of diets don't work precisely because they are impossible to maintain. They often restrict certain food groups that should be part of a healthy diet. When your body doesn't get these foods, it goes into deprivation mode and creates imbalances. What happens with fad diets is that you lose a few pounds right away pretty quickly. But it won't take too long before you plateau and eventually even start to gain the weight back.
Weight loss and healthy eating plans go hand in hand. It's all about maintaining correct (but not severe) eating habits so that an occasional splurge won’t set you back at step one. Diets that are too severe make you want the bad stuff even more so it's harder to stick with them. There are some healthy weight loss plans that do work.
These usually incorporate the mindset that weight loss is not some temporary fix but instead, a newer and better way of eating which you will adhere to permanently. They also promote some sort of support or buddy system which encourages you and holds you accountable. Good plans also allow for flexibility and individuality - everyone is different and it might take you a while to figure out exactly what works best for you.
Until then, commit to a plan and stick to it. Another important criteria for good weight loss program is that it emphasizes that losing weight slowly is the way to go. Losing weight too fast can lead to you gaining it back (and then some) even faster. It also does a number on your nervous system which can make you feel sluggish and ill. While short-term goals are good incentives, make sure that they fit within the losing weight slowly scheme of things. These are all contributors to weight loss and healthy bodies.