Truth and Lies About Dieting
If you want to go on a diet, a really good thing to do is to educate yourself as thoroughly as possible on what is actually involved with losing weight. You shouldn't try to get all of your facts from just one source or diet book. If you do this, you might fall prey to whatever hyped up diet is getting lots of play in magazines and online. Rather than teaching you about specific diets, then, we are going to use the following paragraphs to teach you some of the general things you need to know about losing weight before you start trying to figure out which diet you want to pursue. Do you move from one diet to the other really quickly? This is pretty common and it is a mistake that lots of people make. There is no such thing as a diet that will give you immediate results and if you don't give your diet a fair chance to really work, you shouldn't complain if you don't lose as much weight as you want to lose. When you switch diets, you just end up confusing yourself, as well as your body. Pick your diet carefully and follow it for a few months and see what kind of results you get. This is when you review the progress you have made and decide if the diet is worth sticking with. Do not, however, change diets every few weeks or none of them will really work for you. One of the reasons that so many people fail with the diets they choose is that they are not aware of how much they eat. For one thing, food isn't always given a correct label. There are often hidden calories in packaged foods, which is why some experts recommend you add 10% to the number of calories you believe you're eating. Also, not everyone reads labels carefully. Packaged food usually has more than one serving within the package so if you eat all of it you need to remember to multiply the number of calories that exist in each serving by the number of servings you have actually eaten. Snackers are not as likely to keep track of the calories in the snacks they eat. If you are on a diet then you need to pay attention to how much you are honestly eating. If you would like to lose weight in different parts of your body like in your abs or thighs, you need to lose weight over your whole body. Some people want to target specific parts of their bodies and they do specific exercises there, and they often neglect other exercises that are also important. This is almost always the case with people who are really desperate to have beautiful stomachs and hard abs. When you want to trim and tone your middle, the best thing to do is to eat fewer calories and exercise more and in ways that will burn fat from your whole body. Focusing on just one part of your body isn't going to help you because doing too many of one or two specific exercises won't do too much for your overall weight loss goals. Diets are great for losing weight but they can't do all of the work for you. You need to remember that is your choices and daily habits that determine how healthy you are and how much weight you lose. There is no such thing as perfection so you shouldn't expect this from yourself. Of course, if you want lasting results, you need to make sure that you make a real and lasting commitment to taking your diet and the rules that go with it very seriously.