Diet myths and gimmicks abound year-round, but especially in January. Claims of quick and easy weight loss are commonly exaggerated and even if pounds melt away, our health often suffers in the process---both physically and emotionally-- when the pounds return.
The healthiest rate of weight loss (also the most sustainable) is one to two pounds per week that's based in lifestyle shifts; eating better, exercising more and keeping things in balance such as stress and sleep. Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight requires awareness and effort. There are no easy and effective ways around that.
These proven, science-backed weight loss fundamentals can help:
- Controlling portions
- Focusing on whole foods
- Hydrating with mostly water
- Purging your pantry of junk (fridge and freezer, too)
- Exercising regularly
- Avoiding simple carbs
- Avoiding extremes
- Keeping regular sleep patterns
- Proactively managing stress
Find your why,