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Quick Tips To Achieving Lasting Weight Loss

The weight loss industry is one of the most profitable and competitive markets in the world with the search for lasting weight loss akin to the Holy Grail. The internet was originally designed to be a limitless source of information but the profits that can be made from various miracle pills and ‘magic’ diet plans are too large to resist. As a consequence, there is an incredible amount of contradictory information deliberately designed to confuse the individual.

Did you know that approximately 75 million Americans try some sort of diet every year? The fact that the obesity level in the United States is well past the 33% mark shows that these diets are extremely unsuccessful. The diet industry is worth a whopping $61 billion A YEAR in the United States alone so it’s easy to see why ‘fad’ diets are so heavily advertised. Everyone wants a slice of the weight loss pie (pun intended) and consumers are easily led. What people really need is lasting weight loss and the only way to achieve this is to lead a lifestyle that is sustainable for in the long-term. Quick fixes may lose weight initially but in the vast majority of cases, it comes back faster than ever as dieters revert to their old habits.

Here are some tried and trusted tips for lasting weight loss that can really make a difference:

  • Don't skip breakfast: Don’t stress yourself by attempting to consume a massive meal first thing in the morning. A couple of hard boiled eggs, a yoghurt or oatmeal with low-fat milk can all provide you with a nutritious start to your day. Eating breakfast boosts your metabolism which helps burn weight faster. Choose meal options that are high in fiber and protein and steer clear of processed foods.
  • Stay active: When people hear that they need to exercise for up to 150 minutes a week, they automatically assume that this must comprise lung bursting sprints or tiring long runs. Your exercise can take the form of a brisk walk after work. Instead of driving to the store, walk there if it’s a short distance away. Too many people are fond of avoiding physical activity. This mindset must change if you’re to enjoy lasting weight loss.
  • Get more sleep: In the modern era, stress-filled jobs lead to sleepless nights. Recent statistics show that Americans sleep an average of 2 hours a night less than they did 40 years ago. This equates to 14 hours a week which is far too much. Sleeping rejuvenates the body and gives you more energy to become active. Those who sleep less at night have increased ghrelin levels and decreased leptin levels. Leptin is an essential hormone as it provides the brain with a signal that you’re full. Ghrelin on the other hand is a hormone that stimulates feelings of hunger.

The American food industry spends $10 billion a year on advertising alone. They want you to eat more and it seems as if the public comply, become overweight, worry about their health, try a fad diet, fail and go back to eating processed food. Don’t fall into this trap. You don’t have to be obsessive and count every calorie but you do need to have common sense. Don’t ‘treat’ yourself daily and have some self control when eating. There is no diet plan or pill that guarantees lasting weight loss. If you want to get slim and stay that way, the onus is entirely on you.

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