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Are you making it hard for yourself to lose weight?

Monday, September 09, 2013

So many of my friends say that it is too hard to lose weight, so they won't even try.

I guess it depends on what type of approach you take with weight loss. It is true... weight loss can be difficult, if you make it difficult. Over the years, I have found that it is your approach to weight loss, that makes it either easy or difficult.

If you will almost punish yourself, and severely cut calories, and exercise like mad... then yes... it will be difficult to maintain such a lifestyle, and lose the weight.

However... if you relax, and commit to a lifestyle change, which involves what is in fact a minor cut to what your caloric needs would be to maintain your weight... then you will find it is much easier. I myself have been doing this, and in 4 years, I have lost and kept off about 200 pounds.

All you need to cut, is about 300 calories a day from what you would need to maintain your weight, and do the equivalent of about 10 minutes of walking a day, and you will lose about 1 pound a week.
To put that into context... 1 pound a week will result in 56 pounds a year. The best thing about dieting this way, is that you do not even feel like you are dieting, yet you are losing weight steadily... and who would not be happy with that?

So... would you rather do it the hard way... or the easy way?

Think about it.
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    Wow! Congrats on your weight loss!

    I totally agree with your blog. After doing it wrong many years, it is amazing what you can do if you have the right perspective.

    2802 days ago
    I love your positivism! You have to DO something to make something change!
    I have been actively trying to lose weight since Feb and have lost 18 lbs so far. That's not much, but it's alot based on the way I've been doing it. I don't believe in "diets" or "diet-aids". I'm allergic to artificial sweeteners. So, my "helps" are nil. I added exercise & have made myself very aware of portion control. I still eat and drink (alcohol is my downfall) the same things, but in lesser quantities. After having been in a wheelchair, unable to walk, due to severe sciatica, I gained 60 lbs. I couldn't exercise for almost 10 years. Now that I am ALMOST pain-free, as long as I keep exercising, I can now concentrate on losing this flabby belly!
    I'm glad to hear someone speaking out on a positive note and not being a "Debbie Downer"! Thanks!
    Wishing you great success in our mutual journey to good health!
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    2802 days ago
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    Ha.... for me its not excerise or what I eat. Its all about how much! Portion control is my biggest enemy. But my wife and I found a helpful idea. Smaller plates. Easy simple, and no overeating - which helps make that caloric deficit. Thats the easy route for us!
    2802 days ago
    I vote for the easy way!
    2802 days ago
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