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Dieting and weight loss is without a doubt one of the biggest and most profitable industries in the U.S. Each year, over 100 million Americans will be dieting at any one time and the industry makes a whopping $20 billion per year - a huge number. There are hundreds and hundreds of diets out there and although many advocate a return to healthy, natural eating, too many of them are still "fad" diets - we've seen everything from the cabbage soup diet, where people eat nothing but cabbage soup, as well as the "red foods" diet - where you can eat as much of any food that you like, as long as it is red in color.
Think About What You Can Add To Your Diet
When we go on a diet, the first thing most of us think about is what we can take away from our current eating plan. Instead, think about what you can add to your diet. What do you eat right now? What are the foods that you eat that are contributing to your current weight? What should you be eating?For most people, this will be fruits and plenty of vegetables. Others will need to add dairy and protein to their diet.
Weigh Yourself Once a Week
Your weight can fluctuate by 2.2lb up or down every day. Weighing yourself every day and seeing a gain could lead to you being discouraged - and because you feel discouraged and like the diet "isn't working", you might veer off-plan and eat the wrong foods and this could lead to a "proper" weight gain. Ignore the scales and use them once a week and once a week only, wearing the same clothes, weighing at the same time of day.
Don't Forget The Exercise
Don't forget it, as even 30 minutes of cardio exercise five times per week could have a huge impact on your weight, as well as your fitness levels and your health. Not feeling motivated? Think about your favorite sitcom. During that Friends rerun, instead of sitting on the sofa, you could have done a workout.
Whether you're at home or at work, stash fruit in your desk, kitchen, cupboard or on your coffee table. When you're fancying something sugary mid-afternoon, reach for the fruit stash instead of the chocolate bar and you'll see the pounds drop off.