Slim is beautiful, or at least it is if you believe everything you read in the media. Unfortunately, being overweight means you are more likely to be viewed negatively, which can affect your self-confidence, career prospects, and even your love life. Even more unfortunately, losing weight is not always easy, particularly if you have spent your entire life eating the wrong foods and doing virtually no exercise. So what are your options if you want to shed the excess weight once and for all?
Calorie Controlled Diet
Since most overweight people are fat because they eat too much of the wrong things, even if they are in denial, the best and most effective way to lose weight is to give your daily diet an overhaul. Keep a food diary for a week and analyze what you eat and then add up the calories. You probably eat far more than you realize, which hopefully will be enough to shock you into changing your bad habits. Cut out junk food, stop snacking and eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and before long you will begin to lose weight.
Extreme Exercise Regime
A calorie-controlled diet can be very effective, but it is even more effective if combined with exercise. Anyone who is extremely obese should always seek medical advice before undertaking an exercise program, but everyone else needs to get moving in order to burn up more calories. If motivation is a problem sign up for a boot camp or pledge to do some amazing feat of endurance in the name of charity. An Ironman event might be a bit hardcore, but a 5k running race is perfectly within the realm of achievable, even for an overweight person. And you never know—you might enjoy it!
There are lots of diet pills available online that purport to help users lose weight. There is very little evidence that diet pills are affective so you should be extremely wary of trying anything that isn’t recommended by your doctor. However, some naturally occurring weight loss ingredients such as hCG that are advocated by doctors, mainly because they do actually work, so if you think this approach may help you to lose weight, give it a try.
Gastric Band Surgery
Gastric band surgery should only ever be a last resort to be used once all other weight loss strategies have failed miserably. Weight loss surgery is very effective, but it is not without its side effects. However, if your health is at risk because of your weight, having a gastric band fitted might be the only way forward.
Liposuction is not a fast-track weight loss method, but it is useful for the removal of stubborn pockets of fat around problem areas such as the stomach, buttocks, hips and thighs. Some people, no matter how hard they diet and exercise, find it impossible to shift the last few pounds. In this instance, liposuction is an excellent solution.
In order to lose weight permanently you need to be committed to changing your lifestyle. This means getting the rest of the family on board and changing the way you eat and exercise, so don’t delay: start living a healthy life today.
Author Bio: Nancy Baker is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Nancy has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.