How To Keep A Stress-free Diet For Weight Loss In The Long Run


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These days, it seems like everyone is trying to lose a few pounds. Americans, and other cultures around the world, seem to have fallen into a pattern of being chronically overweight. This is due to a variety of factors, including a high amount of refined foods in the diet combined with low activity levels. Today’s society moves less than ever, and the majority of people have sedentary lifestyles, which quickly leads to fat accumulation.

Dieting is often stressful, as most diets limit the foods you love the most. However, according to recent studies by Harvard School of Public Health and Brown Medical School, this form of diet plan is not effective in the long run. In the Harvard study, no matter what diet plan participants used over a period of 2 years, it was only the participants who cut the most calories who maintained weight loss.

The best way to retain a healthy weight in a stress-free way includes a variety of steps. What you choose to eat is not as important as how much of it you eat. You can have a stress-free diet plan by following the suggestions outlined below:

Move

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One of the reasons our ancestors were leaner than today’s average person is due to their activity levels. The majority of individuals lived an active lifestyle based around agriculture and manual labor. As machines and robots started to replace physical labor and we spend more and more time sitting at our desks and in front of the computer, the obesity level of society as a whole rose. To avoid this problem in your own life, try to move a little each day. What you do is not as important as remaining consistent. Starting with something simple, such as trying to move 10,000 steps a day, is a good place to start. As you start to lose weight, you can add in additional exercises to build strength in addition to reducing fat levels.

Keep a record

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One of the most motivating steps you can take for long-term diet success is to write down what you eat. Seeing what you eat on a regular basis can help you stick to healthy choices. For example, if you find that one day you ate a breakfast pastry, mid-morning sugary snack, nachos for lunch, a sugared coffee for an afternoon snack, fried food for supper, and ice cream for dessert; then you are more likely to try to make better food choices the next day. It is easier to make healthy choices when you know you have to write down everything you consume.

Start over

No matter who you are, you will probably slip up at some point and eat a lot of unhealthy foods. Rather than give up entirely, simply make better choices the next day. Don’t think of your new diet as a temporary change in what you eat, but a permanent change toward overall health.

As the Harvard study showed, what you ate didn’t matter as long as you were burning more calories than you were taking in. You can lose weight eating just about anything. Of course, nutrient dense foods are the healthiest. First, work to cut calories. Next, exchange one unhealthy item at a time for a healthier version. Within a few months you may be surprised at how much healthier you are eating without even noticing!

This is a guest post by freelance writer, health and lifestyle enthusiast Claire Wilson. Claire recommends health.com.au for all Australians looking for a better health insurance.

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