Losing weight for most people, whether you're slightly overweight, obese or morbidly obese, can feel overwhelming and simply put an impossible achievement, which no doubt requires a major lifestyle change on many levels. This is why those brave few who dare take the leap are usually quick to jump on the "fad" band wagon in all its many seductive forms...
Be it the newest fad diet that's all the rave in Hollywood, or the newest fad diet pill that is being pushed hard and fast by some pharmaceutical company trying to make a quick profit before it gets overly scrutinized by the medical and nutritional communities, or let's not forget the network driven ratings hungry people exploiting prime time weight loss show the "Biggest Loser".
I can assure you if you choose any of these roads than you will surely end up right back where you are... over weight and unhappy! Weight loss has to start with diet, and that means throw out everything you currently think you know and START EATING HEALTHY! Your diet must consist mainly of fresh organic fruits vegetables and natural whole grains and legumes. You will not find a healthy diet in a bag, box, can, pill, bar, or cleverly marketed drink, despite the many impostors available at your local grocery or so called "nutritional" store.
This is why fad diets not only don't work but statistics show that those who fail (and the majority do) fall hard.Unfortunately now with ridicules TV shows like "The Biggest Loser", people are being unknowingly suckered into the dangerous belief; exercise hard like some sort of Marine in training and you'll be thin in record time. Unfortunately recent headlines reveal something else, something in the form of injuries and health problems due to over-exertion.
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but exercise doesn't have to mean psycho boot camp. Walking and hiking can be some of the best forms of exercise you can get, but start slow... try parking your car in the furthest available parking spot the next time you go shopping, or take the stairs instead of the elevator, and let's not forget simply taking walks outside (not in a gym) and reintroduce yourself to nature.
So remember, eat healthy (organic, fresh, free-grazed, grass-fed, wild caught) and exercise smart (walking and hiking, or body weight exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, and crunches)... A healthier you is right around the corner!