If you want to lose weight, you have to start by understanding that there is no such thing as a secret diet or magic pill that will allow you to reach your goal effortlessly. However, there are three things you can do to start losing weight, eventually reach your goals, and stay at that weight as well. Weight loss is hard, but it certainly isn’t impossible.
Understanding Weight Loss
It doesn’t matter whether you want to lose one pound or 100 pounds, it is all down to your lifestyle. If you behave the way you should, which means you eat the right things and you exercise, then you should be able to lose weight and keep it off. However, if you constantly cheat or hope your body will somehow not notice those extra calories or those skipped gym sessions, then things won’t shift and you will only get heavier.
Sure, weight loss surgery now exists and is quite readily available. It is even covered by the vast majority of health insurance companies. However, it continues to be quite invasive and not without risks. Furthermore, in order for you to be accepted as a candidate and for the procedure to work, you still have to make the lifestyle changes that you would have to make to lose weight without surgery as well.
Three Steps to Permanent Weight Loss
- Eat less.
- Eat better.
It really is that simple.
It sounds incredibly anticlimactic, but that really is all there is to it. If you cannot stop yourself from eating, make yourself eat the right things, and get yourself off that couch, then you will never get the results you want either. Your body has been designed to stick to a certain weight, but you have to help it along in that as well. For instance, your bones and muscles are designed to carry you, but if you jump off a roof, they won’t be able to do that. Mistreat your body, and there will only be so much it can do to keep sustaining you.
Yes, the option of weight loss surgery is out there. This includes temporary measures like the gastric balloon. In this case, you swallow a balloon that is left in place for six months, taking up space in your stomach so that you can’t eat as much. This leads to rapid weight loss. You can also go more drastic and have bariatric surgery, which is meant to be permanent (the lap band can be adjusted or removed, but it is very rare for it to actually be taken out). With both solutions, however, you will need to change what you eat and how you behave. In fact, unless you can prove to your physician that you are willing to do that, they won’t even consider you for the procedure. So if you are ready to make those types of changes anyway, why not start with them now and see how far you can go?