As we approach 2015, many weight-loss programs are due to make millions (if not billions) of dollars.
After all, the new year is a time when a number of Americans try and meet long-standing weight loss goals.
"This year, I am going to drop those pesky pounds!" becomes a rallying cry.
At least until February, about the time many people give up their weight loss goals.
Although a number of weight-loss programs are touted as "successful", the problem for many people has never been about losing weight.
The trick to TRULY successful weight loss is keeping the weight off for good.
The dreaded "yo-yo diet" is what happens when someone loses and gains weight repeatedly.
Yo-yoing often occurs when someone repeatedly tries (and fails) to lose weight. This form of weight loss is not good for the body.
Unfortunately, it's very common.
Breaking the cycle of disappointment when it comes to weight loss isn't easy, but it IS possible.
The key to long term weight loss is understanding that weight gained and lost is determined by your calorie intake/output ratio.
Millions of dollars could be saved if individuals understood that all they REALLY need to do in order to lose weight is pay close attention to their calories.
You cannot spend a few weeks on a low-calorie diet, lose weight, and then go back to eating all the foods that contributed to your weight gain in the first place.
You cannot eat more calories than you burn each day and expect to maintain your weight loss.
That's simply not how long-term weight loss works.
You don't have to agonize over what weight-loss program to try next, nor how much money you intend to spend.
Save yourself a lot of time, energy, and money by sticking to these simple rules for your weight-loss goals:
1.) Know how many calories you need to maintain your current weight and then eat less than that total.
2.) Add weight loss-friendly foods to your diet.
3.) Drink lots of water.
4.) Weigh yourself daily.
5.) Get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week.
Remember: Weight-loss programs are about making money. These programs will say whatever is necessary to separate you from said money.
No one is going to tell you that you can lose weight and keep it off on your own if there is a way they can convince you to give them your hard-earned cash while NOT giving you long-term results.
In order to keep the weight off for good, you must pay close attention to calories burned and calories ingested.
That's really all there is to weight loss (or weight gain).
Have you struggled with weight loss? Were you able to lose weight and keep it off? Share your input below!