These tips can be helpful to many people who are trying to lose weight. The growing number of people who are obese in Western society, especially North America, is a major concern. Keeping our weight within the ideal weight range for our body (which is different for different people) is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. In spite of the growing body of literature and media attention on the subject, obesity is on the rise as are the many chronic health conditions to which it is a contributing factor.
Along with the growth of obesity within our population there has been a parallel growth of a whole industry of fad diets and dieting products that prey upon a population who are always looking for quick fixes. When it comes to weight management, there are no quick fixes. Losing weight requires work consisting primarily of educating ourselves about diet and health and changing the unhealthy diet and lifestyle patterns that we have been practicing. When it comes to losing weight, there are three principles that need to be kept in mind:
- It is best to lose weight slowly and consistently.
- It is essential to reduce our calorie consumption and eat a good, healthy, natural diet.
- It is essential to increase our activity level.
- A "diet" is not some extreme eating regimen that we follow in order to lose weight and then go back to eating as we were before. A diet is simply what we eat. Any diet that we need to follow in order to lose weight is going to have to be the diet that we continue to follow (or something similar) in order to keep the weight off. Therefore it must be doable in the long run.