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Why you should never go on a diet again

It is estimated that 45 million Americans go on diets each year. The number of dieters is highest after the holidays. Yet only 5% keep the weight off. You may have heard the diets don't work, but in desperation to lose weight, you try every new diet on the market.

A wise reporter once said, "You can put less bread on your meat or less meat on your bread, but the only way you're going to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in".

Weight loss is a simple concept with complex challenges. Society, stress, family, cravings, fatigue, lack of self control...these are all things that get in the way of losing weight and maintaining weight loss. The only way you're going to have life long results is to make life long lifestyle changes you can stick with.

Most "diets" are unrealistic, short-term and some, down right dangerous. You should never go on a diet, you should have a diet. The best way to judge if an eating program is healthy is that is should incorporate all of the major food groups. When you're living on a sustainable, healthy diet, very little is entirely off limits.

When looking for a weight loss program, look for one that teaches you how to live, not just sells you products. Look for support, tips, advice from real people, and sustainable lifestyle changes. If it's not something you could do forever, chances are you shouldn't be doing it. Find exercise you enjoy doing and food you enjoy eating. Experiment with new forms of exercise and new healthy recipes. You're body was made to move and it was made to eat food. Nourish it and move it. Find what works for you. It's about balance, being active, being happy and being satisfied.

If you've gained a lot of weight and are desperate to get rid of it, remember that you didn't put it on overnight and it won't disappear overnight either. Move more, eat well, seek support and see results.

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