Finding a balanced weight loss diet can sometimes seem an impossible task. While we humans are all essentially the same, dieting and weight loss seem to throw that concept right out the window. What works for one person may not work for another. The truth is, we are all different and our plans to achieve weight loss need to reflect that. No system will ever be a perfect fit for everyone. Each of us needs to discover what works for us individually. With a little help of course!
Something that should be a core rule in every weight loss diet is the KISS principle. Keep It Simple and Straightforward, or as most prefer, Keep It Simple Stupid! While having no rules in a diet is just begging for failure, adding in too many rules just serves to make a diet an unpleasant experience. Stay food and lifestyle focused. Don’t get bogged down with calorie counters and scales. We need to remember that calorie counters and scales don’t make a diet, but they are great weight loss tools when used properly. A simple decision to eat fresh, healthy foods that cover all the nutritional bases – carbs, proteins, vitamins, minerals and even fats – can go a long way to helping you achieve your goals. Start slow. Trying to change your entire life around all at once will just serve to tire you out before you barely even begin. While we all want to lose weight fast, we need to be sure we are setting up deliberate and maintainable lifestyle changes that will benefit us long after we’ve reached our goals. Change something new everyday, something small.
It’s been said before, moderation is key. It’s the heart of a balanced weight loss diet. While you may limit your calorie intake drastically by just eating lettuce, it’s far from a healthy choice in itself. Cutting foods, especially entire food groups, out of your diet just serves to limit the variety of nutrition that you’ll be consuming. Good nutrition is essential for the body to function properly so that it can keep burning away the stored fat.
Of course, there is the opposite side of the ‘moderation’ coin. The side I’ve used many times to justify my poor eating habits over the years. “I’ll have some extra veggies now, so that I won’t feel bad about that second slice of cheesecake I’m about to eat. I need to keep my diet moderated” Using moderation in a diet isn’t about justifying the foods we eat. It’s not an excuse. It’s a commitment to knowing when to put the fork down.
If you start to feel like your balanced weight loss diet efforts aren’t getting you there fast enough, don’t sweat it. Stop, and remember the KISS principle. Keep it simple. Traveling the long road of weight loss is but a series of short lifestyle changing steps.
When it comes to a balanced weight loss diet every one of those beneficial steps gets you a little closer – keep making them, don’t give up, and you’ll get to your goal a leaner, healthier you.