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Are you all too often discouraged by your weight loss attempts? Are you fed up of the number of times you have started a new diet and exercise programme, only to be unsuccessful in achieving your goals?

You’ve been bombarded by advertising that promises to show you how to achieve tremendously quick weight loss on this new mega diet program. They tempt you with guarantees that you will be able to get back into your sexiest outfit and look great in no time. So pay us your money, start on this quick weight loss plan, and you’ll see the weight drop off in weeks. Maybe you’ve fallen for this once or twice, and found out all you lose in the end is the money you paid them.

There’s always another fad diet coming on the market that makes unrealistic, over the top, essentially dishonest promises of dramatic, quick weight loss. Fad diets come and go, none of which stand the test of time. They normally disappear faster than your weight does.

But worse still maybe you’ve tried some of  the best known diets: Atkins diet, Grapefruit diet, Mediterranean diet, Nutri Systems, Scarsdale, Slimming World, South Beach diet and Weight Watchers. Yet you still haven’t achieved the results you wanted. The weight just won’t budge.

So you’ve started every dieting method you can think of—drinking weight loss shakes, eating nothing but grapefruit, avoiding carbohydrates—only to find yourself back to your old habits in a few weeks.

Discouraged, you move on to another diet programme, stick religiously to it…and yet still no results.  Weight loss seems to be a lifetime struggle for you. Different diets are tried time after time with the same poor results and it seems that you are always on a diet depriving yourself, putting restrictions up and then all of a sudden going back to eating the way you were before you started dieting. As a desperate measure you even try “fat-burning” supplements or diet pills…only find that your weight still doesn’t fall off.

The diet plan market is thriving because there is an enormous demand from people who want to lose weight. Yet, diets rarely work. Fact: Only 2-3% of people who embark on a diet manage to keep the weight off permanently.

One of your problems you have to deal with is emotional eating. Emotional eating is the practice of turning to food – consciously or unconsciously – to deal with feelings and emotions. Emotional eating occurs because something is negatively effecting you, often stress, and you try to cope with this feeling and suppress your uncomfortable emotions, by eating. What you tend to go for is those high sugar, high calorie snacks.

When we are feeling down in the dumps, and our stomachs are empty, our intellectual and emotional motivation of losing weight is quickly forgotten, and our need for fatty and sugary foods that give us pleasure takes over. Your “willpower” has no chance to protect you from this temporary pleasure that eating provides.

Whatever the reason that may apply to you, the truth is diets don’t work. Only lifestyle changes do. You have to commit to true and lasting lifestyle change and take the necessary steps to bring this change into place. You can’t avoid this simple truth, that combining healthy eating and exercise is the only strategy for long term weight loss. Physical exercise is beneficial to overcoming the condition of emotional eating too.

All you have to do is ask yourself one question, “Am I really willing to make a commitment to lose weight by eating differently and/or exercising more frequently?”

On a final note let me just tell you that scales don’t  give you the best measure of how well you are eating or exercising. The type of loss, or gain for that matter, that moves the scale from day to day is more likely water loss or retention. After all, it takes a full 3500 calorie reduction in calories eaten or calories burned to lose a pound. That is no small number, so losses are bound to be slow.

The key however is that exercise builds muscle, and increasing muscle increases the number of calories you burn. But, there is a catch, muscle weighs more than fat, so as you lose fat and increase muscle there is often a point in which the scale holds steady even though you are growing leaner. Bottom line – never tie your weight loss success to the number on a scale. Count your successes by whether you are able to tighten your belt just a little more.

If maximum fat loss is your goal and you have to incorporate cardio training together with weight training into your schedule.

A quick tip in order to lose weight fast in a week, you have to include lots of fibre in your diet, give up on junk and processed foods, eat a healthy diet with a combination of proteins and carbohydrates, and finally drink lots of water.

Every week from now I will publish an article here in a series called ‘A Healthy Lifestyle Plan’ which will provide you with every step, in detail, that will enable you to implement a healthy lifestyle. At the conclusion of these articles, I will turn them into an eBook which I will provide to my readers, free, so they have it to refer to at all times. This will also include additional information that you will find invaluable.

Please let me know in my comment section if this series of articles will be of value to you.

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.
6 Comments
  1. sulekha October 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Emotional eating can be a real bad thing. In fact anything related to emotions is not stable. You are either too happy or sad, find the balance in life and things will automatically fall into place. Diets are fads people follow to be popular, and they end up harming you more than helping you.

    • LarryLewis October 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

      Sulekha you make a great point, in life it is important to follow a healthy balance in everything you do, and diets are certainly not healthy, and in many cases not balanced.

  2. jan October 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Sounds good to me. I just don’t know if I am ready to follow through with one more lifestyle change yet. I am determined though, to lose some weight and protect my heart, so I will try. Sounds good to me.

    • LarryLewis October 18, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Jan i know you have many responsibilities and make a wonderful contribution to others, if i can be of any support to you in establishing this please contct me, and it would be my pleasure to help you

  3. Crissa October 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I really love to talk weight loss.. I am getting fat now.. And I could use some tips from the expert.. 🙂

    • LarryLewis October 22, 2011 at 1:34 am

      Crissa always happy to offer tips and advise

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