Effective Weight Loss

Effective weight loss: The ability to lose weight at a reasonable rate, using a plan that can be followed as a guide to maintain a healthy weight once an individual’s goal or “best weight” has been achieved.

I am of the opinion that using a plan that varies drastically from what an individual can expect to do once they have reached their goal is counter productive. If you have to drastically change your eating habits once you have reached your goal the chances of maintaining your new weight are probably minimal unless you actually plan to follow those habits indefinitely.

Take as an example a plan where you replace two meals each day with a bowl of cereal or a drink mix. Are you going to want to eat this way for the rest of your life? If not, what do you think will happen once you replace the cereal or drink mix with some other form of nourishment? Chances are very good that you will begin gaining weight again.

With the plan you will choose 3 meals and 3 snacks each day. I refer to this as “planning your day.” Plan your day and then follow your plan to effectively lose weight. Once you have reached your goal or, “your best weight,” you should be able to continue eating 3 meals and 3 snacks each day indefinitely. After monitoring your intake and exercise you may find you can increase your caloric intake slightly to maintain your new weight. You will have learned how to eat a balanced diet as well as portion control while in the weight loss phase of your plan. These are the keys to maintaining a healthy weight once it is achieved.