Monday, November 23, 2015

Best. Diet. Ever.

Each day go to bed weighing a little less than you did the night before, say half a pound.
Weigh yourself as the evening progresses to make sure you don't go overweight.
Use whatever diet you want but don't go above your goal.

You simply cannot lose weight over the long term if you don't consistently lose a little weight during shorter periods. One day is the ideal shorter period, since that is how our lives are naturally divided up. You could have a weight loss goal every week but if towards the end of the week you are pounds above you goal, you will not be able to meet your goal for the week and you will feel bad.

The daily small amount of weight lose puts you in control of an attainable goal and you can see progress every day. And if you do somehow find yourself above your goal for the day it is not likely to be so much that you can't make it up the next day.

The scale is no longer an evil device that taunts you in the morning by showing you how badly you did the day before. It becomes a useful tool, or even your coach, keeping you on track for another successful day of weight control.

So what do you eat on this diet? You should eat whatever lets you meet your goal and feel good. If you eat a big breakfast and lunch during the day and weigh yourself before dinner to find that you have already exceeded your goal, you have a problem. You will have to change what you eat during the day. There are millions of suggestions about what to eat to lose weight. Try those that sound appealing to see if they help you meet your daily goal. Try an exercise routine. You are in control. Find what works for you. There is probably not one eating and exercise plan that works for everyone.

But remember that there is one obvious yet often overlooked fact that IS true for everyone. If you don't lose a little weight every day you will not lose weight. It is simple math. If you go to bed a little, or a lot, heavier than you did the night before you will not lose weight.

And your body is naturally on your side, losing weight constantly throughout the day as it functions. What you have to do is find what combination of food and exercise allows you to let this process work in your favor.