There is no right and wrong way for losing weight. Everyone finds the way that works best for them. But there are a number of common points you should bear in mind:
1. Never follow a fad diet
Every year, the publishers push the latest books which promise the easy way to lose pounds. Not one of the methods recommended in these books has ever been through a clinical trial.
There is never any credible evidence that they work. Always rely on the advice of your local healthcare provider or a nutritionist.
2. Never decide the best way to lose weight is a crash diet
It sounds easy. If eating too much puts on pounds, starvation is the quickest way to get the pounds off. Unfortunately, it does not work. All that happens is that your body slows down the metabolic rate so you use less energy. Thus, you have to work harder than usual to losing weight.
The best way to lose weight is to make slow and gentle changes over a period of time. Adjusting your lifestyle will produce good long-term results.
3. Find substitute foods you like
One of the most common reactions when people begin to diet is a sense that the healthy food does not taste as good.
We all like the sweet, fatty foods, or use more salt to enhance the taste of cooked food. If we cut out the fatty food altogether, this can be a serious challenge to morale.
So the trick is to experiment to find lower calorie substitutes that we like. If in doubt, buy lower fat versions of the foods you like. It will take longer to lose the pounds, but it will be less boring and easier to keep the motivation going.
Alternatively, use fatty food as an occasional reward. You can be virtuous for a week and then have something “special”.
4. Never eat for the sake of it
Eating is a habit. At certain times of the day, you train yourself to expect a full meal or a snack. The simple rule is: if you do not feel hungry, do not eat. Once you have a meal in front of you, stop eating as soon as you feel full.
5. Cut out all the high calorie drinks
The ideal is to drink large quantities of water rather than any of the standard fizzy drinks or commercial juices. Almost without exception, they all contain a lot of calories. It is also a good idea to switch to skimmed milk or, if you like the taste, soy milk.
6. Start to exercise
Eating smaller portions of more healthy food is a good start but the faster way to lose pounds is to exercise as well. This does not mean that you suddenly have to become a world-class athlete.
Start with gentle walks and slowly increase the speed and distance. Walk to school or work. Stop using the elevator and climb the stairs. Buy a bicycle or, if the weather tends to be bad, get an exercise bike you can use in the home. Join the local gym, go line dancing, anything that raises your activity level.
The scientific evidence shows that around 45 minutes of moderate exercise four times a week will burn the calories. Remember, the effects build up slowly. If you do not see immediate results, do not lose heart. Keep doing little and often. Make a lifetime’s commitment to get your weight down and then keep it down.
7. Taking dietary supplements
To get more fast results most people using diet pills like phentermine. This is optional, however, if you combine exercise, healthy lifestyle and consumed weight-loss supplements this will speed up the progress.