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13 Weight-Loss Rules You'll Love to Follow

How to Make 'Dieting' Fun!

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13. Don't diet. This may be the most important rule of all. "Going on a diet" implies a start and a stop, but that's not how sustainable weight loss is achieved. Diets often slow down your metabolism due to the drastic cut back in calories your body is used to, and many diets that are advertised today are just plain unhealthy. Following rigid plans requires constant willpower, something we know humans have only a short supply of! Change and adjust your lifestyle habits a little at a time and you will lose excess pounds and achieve and maintain the healthy body weight that is right for you. From now on, define the word "diet" as the food plan you use to maintain a healthy body weight, supply you the energy to support your busy lifestyle and keep you well.
 
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Psychology Today, "Why Diets Don't Work...And What Does," www.psychologytoday.com, accessed on October 3, 2013.
 
WebMD, "Coping with Excessive Sleepiness: Sleep and Weight Gain," www.webmd.com, accessed on October 3, 2013.
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Ellen Goldman has bachelor's and master's degrees in health and physical education. An AFAA-certified personal trainer and certified wellness coach, she is also the founder EnerG Coaching, LLC. Through one-on-one and group sessions, Ellen helps individuals make positive lifestyle changes, lose weight, manage stress and attain work-life balance. Visit her at www.EnerGcoaching.com.

Member Comments

  • LEAHLISTER
    Some reasonable tips, and I definitely agree with #3! Personally, I've had success with my weight loss using a light strength training routine moreso than anything else, but as #3 suggests, it's best to use whatever works best for you. The most important things is to approach your weight loss as a combination of habits that promote an overall healthy LIFESTYLE. Any weight loss plan MUST follow that principle to be truly effective. In fact, check out the following article that does a wonderful job of explaining the key factors in a successful, long-term weight loss strategy: http://fatfreeme.
    net/big5 - 5/6/2015 10:53:09 AM
  • WIKPSVO
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  • Most people who can't exercise because of physical limitations can get in the pool & do exercises. Get on a noodle in the deep water & move your arms & legs. You'd be surprised how quickly an hour goes especially if you do it with a friend. - 4/8/2015 2:49:28 PM
  • WIGGLELIGHT
    Wonderful article - v.uplifting! - 1/25/2015 11:01:09 PM
  • This message is for RENEETC1.. Put on some favorite fast music or a favorite movie in and ride the bike in style. It is also a good time to meditate or pray. I have similar restrictions to walking so my bike is my best exercise and I have learned to love my time on it.
    Joya23 - 12/18/2014 9:19:11 AM
  • JUSTMEOK66
    A very encouraging, insightful, and helpful article. Thank you!! : )) - 12/17/2014 2:06:54 AM
  • #3. I'm always amused by the "find an activity you like and do it". Well, I don't enjoy working out. I do it because I have to, not because I want to, so it's a constant struggle. I can't walk for long periods of time, treadmills are completely out of the question. I don't jog and I don't do windows. The only cardio I do is the recumbent bike and that is soooooo boring! What good is doing exercises that you absolutely can't stand, and the ones you used to do (walking) have just been about eliminated. How do you handle that? I dare someone to answer and give me some good suggestions. - 10/23/2014 9:48:58 PM
  • 11. Hang with your friends.

    This one is dangerous! I like that they mentioned "friends with similar goals." If you're trying to be healthy by eating right and exercising, yet all your friends are constantly dining out and begging you to come watch movies/play games, then it is very hard not to cave under the peer pressure and return to your bad habits. No one wants to be left out or alienated from their friends over something like diet and exercise. - 10/22/2014 4:38:23 PM
  • There are so many good points here.
    Speaking of gadgets, I just got a great little scale to have on the table. My husband, who used to tease me about measuring food, loves the technical aspects of the scale and is disappointed when I am not measuring now.
    People I meet at my exercise classes are new friends and it is fun just to go to those classes.
    - 10/22/2014 1:08:51 PM
  • Good article. The word "diet" caused many great distress. There is the dictionary meaning of the word and then there is the connotation. Since the main focus of the article is making dieting fun, I read the word in it's connotative form. Life is far too short to be that serious. - 10/22/2014 12:24:25 PM
  • Your diet is the food you eat. If you don't have a diet, you'll starve to death. That's true.
    However, going on a diet, as mentioned in this article, often means restriction of certain foods for a period of time.
    I do not agree with the person who is saying all carbs are bad. If you believe that, than you don't realize how much fiber, potassium, folate, iron, vitamins, and all other good things are in a baked potato. - 10/22/2014 4:43:20 AM
  • TUCKEYCHICKEN
    I agree with most of this accept for the part that says don't diet. I have to diet or I will starve to death. What we need to do is use a dictionary and we will realize that the word diet doesn't just mean to restrict what you eat. The first definition of the word diet is: what a person or animal usually eats or drinks. So what we should do is start eating and drinking healthier. - 9/28/2014 6:08:16 PM
  • how true I haven't read all of this but I just love number three its SO TRUE. Stop obsessing about not doing the right thing and just do something, Walking is virtually free and so are calisthenics.All you need is the space and will power - 8/27/2014 9:45:30 PM
  • The article had a good point- treat yourself with kindness, and it was appreciated . But I have often gone overboard and find it difficult to find a balance. There is NEVER one treat for me, so I do well avoiding cookies.... - 8/23/2014 9:22:12 AM
  • FUTUREMRS7
    Good article! This was helpful!! - 8/22/2014 4:25:12 PM

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