It takes motivation, will power, self control, and determination.
Not to mention it takes change.
To successfully drop the weight you need to change your lifestyle habits.
You cannot continue to eat the same way or do the same things because that won't change anything.
If you really want to lose weight you need to impose healthy habits not only with eating but with exercising too.
Produce Many diets eliminate or focus on one or two food groups, constrict calorie intake or minimize the amount of food you consume.
Unfortunately even if you do lose weight with these diets most people put the weight back on once off their diet.
Doctors, nutritionists and health professionals alike all tout the importance of eating your recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables.
Instead of dieting boost your intake of fruits and vegetables while cutting out highly processed foods.
Replace cheap processed foods with fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are low calorie, high in fiber, and full of essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
By eating 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day you are more likely to lose weight and keep it off.
Get Active Sitting on your couch isn't going to get the weight off.
Physical exercise has to be part of your daily life.
This doesn't only mean going to the gym or working out.
Most daily activities such as cleaning, taking the stairs, gardening, walking the dog, help to burn calories.
They may not be labor intensive but it all adds up to help drop the pounds.
Home Cooking In today's fast paced world it's easy to order your meals rather than take the time to prepare a home cooked meal.
But restaurants use butter and oils which can pack on the pounds.
Plus fast food equals high fat, highly processed foods which are high in calories.
When you prepare a meal at home you know the ingredients and you can control what goes into your food.
Plus you are able to control your portions.
If you don't think you have enough time to cook, prep your food ahead of time.
Cut all your vegetables ahead of time, so it's easy to just put your ingredients together.
You can also premake meals and freeze them.
Then defrost and reheat.
Portion Control Portion size is important when trying to lose weight.
Just because a food is healthy or has healthy ingredients doesn't mean you need to eat it in mass quantities.
For example nuts are a great source of healthy fats but you should only have a handful in one sitting not the entire container.
Remember your portion control for each food group.
Track Your Food People who keep a food journal of everything they eat and their calorie intake are more likely to lose weight and keep it off.
This is because food tracking keeps you accountable for everything you put in your mouth.
The helps you stay on track and on target.
Plus if you are gadgetier there are plenty of downloadable applications for your phone or iPad instead of pen and paper.