by Ed Yourdon
To lose weight for good you need a plan. Studies have shown that dieters who follow a plan are more successful than those who don’t. The secret is that you have to be able to stay with it. If you try a diet like the cabbage soup diet or the lemonade diet, you may lose weight, but I can guarantee you will reach a point when you are no longer able to follow it and you will gain the weight you lost back.
What plan to pick? Start by evaluating what your favorite types of food, if you need help figuring it out, try keeping a diary for a few weeks. This will really help because you will also figure out your trigger points and the really fattening foods that are your weaknesses. This will put you ahead of the game. For example, maybe you have figured out that you like to eat a lot of carbs, you like to have sweets, or you like to eat out. This is valuable because now you know not to pick a plan that restricts carbs or you can pick a plan that has a day where you can indulge in sweets.
If your weakness is cooking healthy foods, try a meal delivery plan. These plans have menus you can design a diet plan with and have the food delivered right to your door, no real thinking involved. There are several of these plans out there you can find one that works for you.
Whatever you choose, as long as it incorporates a plan that you can follow, you will lose weight and keep it off. Find those old clothes that you used to fit into or buy yourself some skinny clothes you would love to wear then try them on every so often and see the difference. You lose weight without starving yourself or giving up your favorite foods.