As Americans, many of us are personally familiar with the challenge of losing weight and keeping it off. The truth is that there are many popular restrictive diets that can help take the weight off but for many of us, this approach doesn’t work long-term. Real weight loss and maintenance requires a holistic lifestyle approach, which includes knowing one’s end goal. From there, set some mini-goals that are centered around specific behaviors, such as exercise and eating. Team up with a buddy, so each person can support each other and keep one another on track. Inadequate sleep can affect weight gain, so get in enough z’s to keep the body’s blood sugar, appetite, and stress under control. Make one change at a time and focus on the areas that resonate the most with each individual.
- Americans are all too familiar with the ongoing challenge of losing weight and keeping it off.
- Popular diets such as Atkins, Paleo, Jenny Craig, and South Beach can help dieters to lose weight but their restrictive nature are often unrealistic for long-term adherence.
- Successful weight loss often requires a holistic, measured approach where people set doable goals over time around eating, sleeping, and exercise.
“The real issue, however, is that many of these diets aren’t realistic to stay on long-term.”