Some Keys To Maintain Your Weight For A Lifetime

by : Medifast

If you are like most people who are dieting and have been on the up and down yo-yo of fad diets and you are sick and tired of losing and gaining the same weight back over and over these keys will give you some help to lose the weight and keep it off for a lifetime.

One of the most important things that one can do is keep a journal of what you eat, everything you eat. Read that again. EVERYTHING! It will not help you if you cheat. No one will see it but you. It is best to try to record what you are taking in as you are eating as not to forget. Another benefit is that it may stop you from eating something if you know you are going to have to write it down because a month from now when you are trying to see why you aren't' losing weight you will see all the "bad" stuff you shouldn't have eaten.

Eat balanced meals and spread them out over smaller meals and portions. Low calorie diets work for a short period of time but they are very tough to stay on for a long period of time. You will get tired and irritable, lack the energy to do any exercise, and it makes it difficult to plan meals at home as well as dining out.

The best rule of thumb is to not starve yourself nor overindulge. The most important meal is breakfast and you should be sure to eat a very healthy breakfast every morning. Although the standard suggestion is three meals per day you will receive much better results by spreading your daily intake out over six smaller meals. This will also keep your metabolism stoked up and keep your blood sugar at optimal levels.

Eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Fresh is better. Try to stay away from packaged foods, if it comes in a package it has had something done to it by man. Avoid the convenience type foods that are in the "heat and eat" kind of packaging, they are usually full of calories and sodium.

Drink water whenever possible in place of sodas, tea, and other beverages. Our bodies need a gallon of water a day which is the eight 8 ounce glasses that you always hear about. If you work or live in an environment with excessive heat or you are exercising you will need more.

In closing the big key to maintaining weight loss for a long period of time is to exercise more and eat less. I know you wanted some magic secret. But it really is that simple.