Now that we are into 2019 and getting started with a brand new year, there can be a lot of talk of goals and resolutions, particularly around food, weight loss, dieting, and getting fitter. But the stats on crash dieting are pretty shocking. In fact, according to clinical director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Gary Foster, Ph.D., nearly 65% of dieters return to their pre-diet weight after three years. Not to mention that studies have found that only 5% of people who lose weight on a crash diet will keep the weight off. So what can be done for people that genuinely want to lose weight to improve their health, wellbeing, and their life as a whole?
First of all, what is a crash diet? It can be defined as anything that includes an unhealthy way to lose weight, from severe calorie-restriction diets to a diet where you only eat a certain kind of food and cut everything else out. These ways can be quick, but the odds aren’t in your favor for the weight staying off. So what to do?
Do Your Research
For starters, you need to do your research on the best way for you to lose weight. You might have a friend that did great doing something in particular like the cabbage soup diet or by going plant-based. But you need to know what is going to work best for you and be realistic for you. So do your research using a site like The Diet Dynamo so that you can get a range of tips, reviews, and advice. Then look into the best meal plans and healthy ways to lose weight, without having to cut out too much of what you love. You won’t stick to something you hate, so make sure to do plenty of research.
You need to take time to get a little real with yourself. It can take time to lose weight, so you need to be in it for the long haul. Ideally, losing sixty pounds would be something you want to happen in a couple of months. But realistically, that amount to lose is more than a pound a week, so it may not happen in less than a year. Go in with realistic goals with time, the foods that you’re going to eat and the results that you will see. When you expect things to be slow and then they are, you won’t get as disheartened or disappointed with your progress, meaning that you’ll stick with it for longer.
If you are planning to eat a certain way or do a particular exercise, then you need to think practically about it all. You can’t make sustainable lifestyle changes that will last if it is simply too difficult to follow. So think about what you can do to make things fit in around your life. For example, planning to go to a gym before work isn’t going to happen if you’re not a morning person or have to get kids to school before that all. So think about what is going to work on a practical level.