There are countless weight-loss remedies on the market. While many diet drugs and weight loss fads may produce results, there are risks associated with such weight loss remedies. Natural weight loss is more effective in the long run and is easily the safest option.
A safer and more effective way to lose weight is to simply eat healthy. During a recent meeting of the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston scientists presented findings highlighting the risks of chemicals in certain foods and diet drugs.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has endorsed a combination of a sensible diet and exercise to achieve reasonable weight loss goals for years. Research isn’t needed to show that natural weight loss methods, such as avoiding foods high in calories, starch and sugar, produce results.
The reason for the popularity of quick-fix weight loss remedies is a desire to see results almost immediately. According to the American Medical Association, the recommended amount of weight to loss is about 1-2 pounds a week or about 3-5 pounds a month. Those with more drastic weight loss needs may loss greater amounts of weight with certain diets, but should only do so under a doctor’s supervision.
Natural weight loss starts with common sense. Weight loss through deprivation will only produce temporary results. The key to successful weight loss is moderation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can still be enjoyed, as long as the portions are reasonable. Snacks in between meals should be some type of fruit. Fruits high in fat such as coconuts and avocado should be avoided or only enjoyed now and then.
Drinking plenty of water is not just an old saying, but a proven way to remain hydrated without ingesting unnecessary calories. Natural fruit juices and skim or low-fat milk can be included too. If a diet becomes boring it becomes more of a chore rather than a way of life. In other words, it’s easy to stray.
One of the common misconceptions of diet and weight loss is that certain foods are off limits no matter what. Eating pizza or cake everyday will obviously not produce results, but an occasional treat will not do any harm. A good way to retain motivation for a diet is to allow for a “crazy day” or a certain day once a week or month where you can eat whatever you want without guilt.
The American Dietetic Association agrees with other studies that recommend you stop eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime. When we sleep, our metabolism slows down. Our metabolism is what helps us to burn calories. Since our metabolism is slower at night, eating before bed means that the food we consume has a better chance of being turned into fat by our bodies.
Dieting alone will not help you lose weight, you have to incorporate exercise into your life. Exercise can be as simple as walking instead of taking the stairs or walking to the store down the street instead of taking the car. Exercise can also be fun. Things like going to the park after work with your kids or walking your dog or starting a game of tag with some friends are all fun ways to get in some exercise.
A famous comic strip cat once proclaimed that “diet is die with a t.” This does not have to be case. All you need is common sense. Cutting back on portions, eating more fruit, drinking more water, staying away from fattening foods, getting some exercise and a little will power and motivation can be surprisingly effective in losing weight. No fad diets required.