Our weight is a balancing act, and calories are part of that equation. Fad diets may promise us that counting carbs or eating a mountain of grapefruit will make the pounds drop off. But when it comes to weight loss, it’s calories that count. Weight loss comes down to burning more calories that we take in. We can do that by reducing extra calories from food and beverages and increasing calories burned through physical activity.
Once we understand that equation, we’re ready to set our weight-loss goals and make a plan for reaching them. We should remember that we don’t have to do it alone. We should talk to our doctor, family and friends for support. We also should, anticipate how we’ll handle situations that challenge us resolve and the inevitable minor setbacks.
If we have serious health problems because of our weight, our doctor may suggest weight-loss surgery or medications for us. In this case, we should discuss with our doctor need to know the the potential benefits and the possible risks.
We always should remember the bottom line: The key to successful weight loss is a commitment to making permanent changes in our diet and exercise habits.
When it comes to weight loss, there’s no shortage of diet plans. Check any magazine rack, and we’ll bound to see the latest and greatest diet plans. But how do we know if a diet plan fits our needs and lifestyle? We should ask ourself these questions about any diet plan we’re considering:
Does it include various foods from the major food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy products, lean protein sources, nuts and seeds?
Does it include foods you like and that you would enjoy eating for a lifetime — not just for several weeks or months?
Can we easily find these food in our local grocery store?
Will we be able to eat our favorite foods, or better yet, all foods?
Does it fit our lifestyle and budget?
Does it include proper amounts of nutrients and calories to help us lose weight safely and effectively?
Is regular physical activity part of the plan?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, keep looking. There are better diet plans out there for us.