7 Habits for Weight Loss Success

By Dr. Edward F. Group III

7 Habits for Weight Loss Success | healthy-food-salad | General Health Special Interests

The long-term statistics about maintained weight loss are grim. Consistently, people who lose a substantial amount of weight are likely to gain it back within a few years. What are the folks who lose weight and successfully keep it off doing differently? The answer is simple. Research shows that long-term adherence to an effective weight loss strategy is what increases the outcome of successful dieting efforts. [1] How can you do that? Here are a few tips.

1. Prepare Yourself for Success

Stock your kitchen with healthy organic foods so you only have the right options to begin with. Weight loss nutrition includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nonfat dairy, nuts, seeds, and fish or lean poultry. Plan meals in advance in order to avoid making unhealthy selections just because you are hungry and rushed. Make a shopping list so you enter the grocery store with a plan.

2. Eat Organic Fruits and Veggies

Those who keep the weight off typically eat more fruits and vegetables than dieters who have failed. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study examined the diets of 75,000 women over a ten-year period. Results showed that the more fruits and vegetables the women ate, the less likely they were to become obese.

3. Know Your Calories

Everyone can give the nutritional label a quick glance and fast evaluation of strengths and weaknesses but do you know exactly, or even approximately, how many calories you consume on a daily basis? Part of weight loss involves a simple math equation. The calories you expend must be greater than the calories you consume. If output doesn’t exceed input, you won’t lose weight. If you’re not deliberately eating a set amount of calories, you may be accidentally eating too many.

It goes without saying that high calorie sodas and sugar-bomb snacks will sabotage your weight loss efforts. There is no healthy amount when it comes to this stuff and the best choice is to eliminate it from your diet and life entirely.

4. Get Support

Sticking to a plan is a lot easier when someone holds you accountable. Making changes with someone and providing mutual help and encouragement can be ultra helpful for the rough times. It’s a lot easier when you have someone with whom you can share your experiences. Do you have friends who want to lose weight? Family members? Colleagues? It doesn’t matter where you get support, as long as you have it. In fact, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston performed a study that examined the role an internet weight loss community had on its members. Researchers noted consistent communicative themes included testimonies, recognition for success, accountability, friendly competition, and humor. It was also noted that the online medium was convenient, relatively anonymous, and non-judgmental. The Internet weight loss community was found to play a positive and prominent role in the participant’s efforts. [2]

5. Stay Positive

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