The Myth of the Best Weight Loss Plan

By: Sandi H.

So many people these days are in search of the best weight loss plan to lose weight quick and easy. Unfortunately, they will be sorely disappointed as there is no such thing as the best weight loss plan for quick and easy weight loss. Because each individual is different, no one plan will be the best fit for everyone. Successful weight loss can only be achieved when the weight loss plan is tailored to the individual, fits into their lifestyle, and is something they will be able to live with for the rest of their lives. The following are a few factors that need to be considered when looking for your own best weight loss plan.

Be realistic. If you've never weighed 100 pounds in your entire adult life, then don't expect that you will be able to comfortably lose weight down to that weight. Aim to lose 10% of your current weight and adjust accordingly after each increment of 10% that you lose. A very rough estimate to use when finding your goal weight would be 100 pounds for the first five feet in height. Add 5 pounds for every inch over five feet. Therefore, if you are five feet 2 inches, a rough goal weight would be 110 pounds. Talk with your doctor regarding what would be a realistic weight goal as there may be other factors that need to be considered (such as age and bone density) that should be factored into your goal weight.

Take into account your likes and dislikes. If you follow a weight loss plan that says you need to eat grapefruit every morning and you hate grapefruit, you will not want to stay on the plan for very long. When choosing a weight loss plan to follow, take into consideration the kinds of food that are on the plan, and whether you enjoy eating them. You won't succeed on a weight loss plan unless you feel happy with the foods you are eating and don't feel like you're being punished for deciding to lose weight.

Consider this a lifestyle change and not a short-term goal. Many people approach losing weight as a short-term goal. They think that once they lose the 10 or 20 pounds that they can go off the "diet" and back to what they consider "regular" eating. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This can be said about successful weight loss. Don't expect to continue eating the way you've been eating and expect to lose weight. In order to successfully lose weight, something needs to change and that change needs to be maintained for the rest of your life in order to maintain the weight loss. Successfully losing weight and maintaining the weight loss is a life-long commitment.

This may not be what you want to hear but unfortunately, this is the reality. There is no best weight loss plan. A successful weight loss plan will need to take into consideration many of the factors listed above and will be a plan that you can live with for the rest of your life. Good luck!


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