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There are No Secrets to Weight Loss

Last month I officially started my diet. I am no stranger to going on diets. Like many other people in the United States, I have always been overweight and I have gone on many diets only to gain back any weight that I lost once I stop the diet. Many people reach a point when they decide never to go on a diet again and blame their weight on genetics or yo-yo dieting.

So what's different about my dieting this time? My attitude has completely changed. Instead of making excuses for why I am overweight or why I cannot walk today, I am owning up to my decisions. The truth is, I am overweight because I allow myself to overeat. Being overweight has nothing to do with genetics or a slower metabolism. It is simply the result of overeating.

There are no secrets to weight loss. There are no magic pills, teas or flowers that will burn fat. Losing weight takes dedication and hard work. It is a slow process and it can be difficult to see all of the progress you make because of that fact. However, it is possible to lose weight over time by committing to a healthy diet and exercise plan for months or even years.

The key to losing weight is simply to eat less calories than you burn. For women this means eating between 1,200 and 1,500 calories. A 2,000 calorie diet would result in no changes in weight. Anything over 2,000 calories is more than your body needs and will gradually lead to weight gain. If you spend a year eating 2,500 calories then you will slowly gain weight but if you spend a year eating 1,500 calories then you will slowly lose weight. For men, a 2,500 calorie diet would maintain one's weight so eating a 500 calorie deficit would result in losing one pound per week.

It really is that simple. I have been on my diet for a little more than a month now and I have already lost over 10 pounds. But besides the weight loss, I have already begun to feel healthier. For example, I have less trouble walking around and I can walk up the hill near my home without feeling out of breath like in the past. I also learned how to cook favorable but healthy meals which is a very useful skill to be able to brag about.

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RegieEstioco wrote on April 16, 2015, 9:33 AM

While some are into diet because they want to shed some weight, how I wish I can gain a little bit more pounds.

MegL wrote on April 16, 2015, 10:39 AM

I am glad your lifestyle change decision is working for you.

rosepetal wrote on April 16, 2015, 12:16 PM

'm glad your lifestyle change is working for you. I found each has to find their own way when it comes to weight loss. I and my hubby went on a low carb diet. But with a new health issue that I have, I have to become more of a vegetarian, so I'm trying to find other protein alternatives.

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 16, 2015, 11:10 PM

It sounds like you are doing great. I hope you continue to keep feeling better

AliCanary wrote on April 17, 2015, 1:12 AM

True on both counts--1. gaining or losing weight is simply a matter of calories in vs calories out; and 2. your head HAS to be in the game. Best of luck to you!

peachpurple wrote on April 17, 2015, 7:03 AM

you need a lot of patience and consistent hardwork to lose weight. No shortcuts, no pills management stuff

Dawnwriter wrote on April 17, 2015, 12:58 PM

I agree. There are no short cuts when it comes to losing weight. What we eat and how sedentary we are plays a big role in determining the pounds we accumulate. Congrats on your decision and good luck!

trufflehunter wrote on April 18, 2015, 4:44 AM

Sometimes you need pull factors like feeling better and being fitter to help you stick to the diet. Well done!

iwrite28 wrote on April 23, 2015, 4:39 AM

I am told that the only method to really keep off the weight you lose is to combine diet with exercise.

iwrite28 wrote on May 10, 2015, 1:57 PM

There are no secrets adn no shortcuts to weight loss -- sadly :(