Being overweight carries plenty of health risks and potential serious health conditions. It increases the risk of serious illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and various heart conditions, and it is also related with some types of cancer. It negatively affects the spine and the overall condition of the bones and joints, and it can lead to low self-esteem which causes a range of emotional and mental problems.

Why are commercial diets unsuccessful?

Commercial diets usually involve starvation, excluding a group of foods which is necessary for the body to work properly and many other extreme measures. As soon as you begin eating normally again, your body urges to store supplies and the fat soon reappears. This is why it is important to lose weight gradually and without endangering your health.

Weight maintenance is equally important as the weight loss

Many people find on an unknown field once they lose the excess weight. When they achieve the weight they wanted, they simply do not know what to do next. It is important to preserve healthy eating and exercising habits even after the weight loss is complete in order to make sure that it does not return.

Set the goals

Even before you start losing weight, you should clearly determine your goals, both long-term and the short-term ones. This will help you keep focused on losing weight and track your progress, and it can provide you with the necessary motivation not to give up.

Short-term goals

You should start by setting several short-term goals, but they should not only refer to how many pounds you will lose. You should set the goals of minor changes in diet you will make every week, in the amount of physical activity you will perform, and lastly – about the approximate number of pounds you want to lose over a short period of time.

Long-term goals

Just like the short-term goals, it is important to have the main goals as well. One of them should include the number of pounds you want to lose, and you should make sure to create a clear long-term goal of all the changes you want to make in your diet and exercise plan until you reach the goal. What’s more, you need to have another goal – and that is to keep the weight from returning.

Keep the right habits

After you have implemented right habits and managed to lose weight, it is important to stay focused and keep those habits, instead of returning to the old ones which made you overweight in the first place.

Diet and food-related habits

You should eat several small meals a day instead of one or two large ones. If you have already developed this habit in the process of losing weight, try to maintain it after the excess weight is gone. Avoid all the fattening food and midnight snacks, always try to feel full, even between the main meals – but achieve it by nibbling on fresh vegetables instead of processed snacks.

Physical activity

We all know the importance of physical activity in weight loss. If you have developed the habit of exercising while you moved towards the goal of losing weight, you should do your best to keep the habit. It will not only help you maintain the healthy weight, but it will also make you feel good both physically and mentally.