You’ve been trying to lose weight for months or maybe even years. You finally drop enough to fit into those jeans you wore in college, but sooner or later, you can’t even slip them over your thighs again.
Why does losing weight have to be so hard? Here are some difficult things you’ll need to swallow in order to lose the weight and keep it off for good.
Diets Aren’t the Answer
While many people lose weight ditching carbs or going on a liquid diet, these methods can’t last forever. These diets are often not nutritionally sound or so restrictive you end up binging on all the foods you crave. Plus, when you hit your goal weight and go back to your old eating habits, the weight is bound to come back.
Slimming down and being able to maintain this smaller version of yourself is all about making a lifestyle change. That means figuring out a healthy diet that can be maintained for the rest of your life. What’s been proven to work is a diet full of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins.
Of course you’re allowed to cheat every once in a while — and it can actually help diminish cravings — but indulgences should be in moderation. It’ll take some getting used to, but soon you’ll adapt to your new healthy way of eating and wonder how you ever used to down cheeseburgers, soda, and cookies every day.