As you already know, there are no secret remedies or magic pills when it comes to weight loss - no matter how much you would love for it to be true. It takes time, commitment and good information in order to have that chance of succeeding.
Making a lot of changes to your weight loss plan after you've started will only lead to you changing something everyday - which will lead to you thinking that nothing works - which will ultimately lead to you quitting your weight loss plan.
If you currently eat a certain way in terms of portions and food selection, then the diet plan that will work best for you will coincide with how you are already eating. Trying to totally change how you have been eating for the last 10 years is not usually a good thing. Any plan that fits your personality in terms of nutrition, exercise and ease will more than likely be the best plan for you.
For example, if one of the best times you enjoy eating is at restaurants with friends, family, or co-workers - its somewhat unreasonable to give up this current lifestyle to accommodate strict dieting guidelines. I say that its unreasonable because of the fact that it can be difficult to follow such rules on meal occasions like these.
You should know that you don't have to stop doing a lot of what you're currently doing to have weight loss success. Here are some tips that will you to achieve the weight loss you desire, without sacrificing your lifestyle to do so:
1) Take it slow
There's no need to rush.
The best thing you can do is write out a 30-day action plan of how your weight loss goals will come true. This can be a 30-day meal plan, or a 30-day exercise plan, or both. You dont have to just rush out there and start exercising for an hour. This is the surest way to burn yourself out.
Simply write out your weight loss success plan, and follow it. And it doesn't matter how long it takes. All that matters is if you can see yourself following the same plan 3 years from now. If you can, then great. If not, then revise your plan and edit it until it fits you completely.
2) Analyze the way you do things
Take a good look at how you live your life. What I mean is that, become conscious of how you do things. Do you eat a lot but with smaller meals, or not much but with bigger portions? Do you enjoy going outside to run, or do you perform better on a treadmill inside? Do you like cooking, or do you prefer to have things made for you?
All of these questions are essential when figuring out which diet plan will work best for you now, and far into future.
3) Never hesitate to get help
If you have friends or family members who are slim and are currently on a diet and exercise regimen, ask them for their advice and input. You never know what powerful knowledge they may have to share. They may look ridiculous on the outside, but inside they may just have the words you need to hear to really make it work for you this time.
Also, don't be afraid to go online for help either. There are ton of websites with user interaction and forums filled with people who have tried everything under the sun. Their advice will prove to be useful.
4) Get support from those around you
Believe it or not, having people there to encourage you and unknowingly comment on your weight helps out big time. To have people around you that will encourage you like this, they have to want to be around you first. So to build a support system of friends and family members, you have to a great relationship with them.
Having this support system will do wonders for your weight loss plan. It will lower stress, increase chances of you achieving your goals in life, help you to stay committed, and simply make you healthier. When you have people there that want to see you succeed, everything becomes easy.
Their motivation combined with any advice that they can spare will do more good than any fad diet out there. So dont take this tip lightly. Its up to you to start doing something now and make your dream of weight loss success a reality. Good luck!