I have been working on my weight loss regimen for about 7 full months now and I have managed to stay with it. I am now within about 25 lbs. of my original goal of 185 lbs. So what’s next when I reach that goal? I think this has been my biggest concern, as it is for most people, since the beginning of my journey. It’s easy to start a diet and weight loss plan but for most can be very difficult to maintain over the long haul.
Early on in this blog, I had stated that it was important to find something that works for you in order to give yourself a fighting chance at sticking to your diet for your weight loss targets and goals. For one person it may be low fat or the zone diet, for another low carb like Atkins or South Beach.
I had stated then and I standby my statement now, that in order to be successful with any diet and weight loss plan, you must find what works for you or you’ll cut your chances for success tremendously and probably give up before reaching your weight loss target, or even go right back to or heavier than you were before you began your quest for permanent weight loss. Atkins or South Beach diets are not for everyone, but for the right people they work. Low fat or vegetarian diets are not for everyone but for the right people they work.
The point is this…you need to commit to a lifestyle change, not a diet! That’s why I say that you need to find the diet and exercise regimen that works for you and you enjoy, because you need to do this for the rest of your life. That doesn’t mean that as time goes along and new information becomes available, that you will never alter what you are doing today, but it still must be something that works for you.
Don’t jump on a diet plan because it’s the “latest thing” and promoted by the celebrities. Fads don’t help you loose weight, sensible eating does. If you don’t like the food choices or calories restrictions, you won’t stay with it and you’ll be on the train to fatness again very quickly. I have adjusted to my low carb diet and for the most part, I am very comfortable with my food choices which makes it easy for me to stay with it.
As I near my goals, I find that I can adjust my diet to my current situation. Where in the beginning I was on a very carb restricted diet, I am now on a much more liberal version of that diet and still loosing weight. I eat liberal portions of fruit and vegetables now but I still avoid the majority of processed foods, bread and pasta to keep my sugar intake low. I do that because if you read the beginning of this blog, I also began this journey due to type II diabetes as much as the need to loose weight.
You can also do this. Find a diet that works for you no matter what it is. Here you will find a few popular diet choices to look at, but find something and get started today. You will thank yourself and so will you body! Weight loss one pound at a time is the way to go, and you will no longer be fat just “one pound ago”!
Update: As of today I am at 209 lbs. with a 35 inch waist. Weight loss regimen is still an average daily walk of 3.5 miles at 47 minutes walk time (or a 3.3 mile jog in 28 minutes!). I spend 10 minutes on the weight machine immediately following my walk and ending with 30 sit ups on the ab lounge.