Where "Dieting" Goes Wrong

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Most people who go on crash diets eventually regain the weight (and sometimes more). So where do things go wrong?

  • Many people go on highly restrictive diets but resume their old patterns when they can no longer stand the deprivation.
  • Food is ever-present in our daily lives, making it easy to give in to temptation.
  • Many give in to emotional eating to manage anxiety, depression and boredom.
  • People lack the support needed to help them maintain their weight loss goals.

So what's the formula for lasting success? Those who successfully maintain weight loss make lifestyle changes:

  • They exercise a lot, walking on average 8,000 more steps a day than the average person. Diet AND exercise are needed for steady weight loss.
  • They favor healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats and complex carbohydrates. This eating plan is sustainable for the long term.
  • They monitor their progress with frequent weigh-ins and food diaries.
  • They find ways to deal with stress besides overeating and get treatment for depression or other conditions that get in the way.

The truth is that many people with a healthy weight have to work at it. So don't get discouraged; just get started.

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