There’s no single trick that works for everyone
If only the diet industry would stop touting that weight loss is simply the result of eating less and exercising more, says clinical nutritionist Jennifer Cassetta. “For some people that do eat way more than their bodies need, then yes, this strategy can often lead to weight loss,” she says. “However, that is not always the case.” In other words, there isn’t one perfect solution – and the thing that might work for you may not even be on your radar yet.
To help you reach your goals, we asked top dietitians and nutritionists for the strategies that actually get results.
Yes, you read that right. The key to improving your health might just be to focus on healthy behaviours like moving more and eating more fruit and vegies. “One of the best ways to lose weight and maintain that weight loss is to make lasting lifestyle habits that you can keep up for the long run,” says plant-based registered dietitian Amy Gorin. “This is typically easiest to put into place by initiating many small changes, such as adding exercise to your day, even in small doses, swapping high-calorie desserts for fruit, and being more mindful while you eat.”
In other words, think about what changes you can make that you can sustain. Consider what you enjoy in terms of exercise and make a list of healthy foods you actually find tasty. Then try to make those things a more prominent part of your life.
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Eliminating one food or avoiding an ingredient doesn’t work
“I find that when people are trying to lose weight, they become obsessed with avoiding one thing, like carbs or sugar. But staying away from certain food groups or one specific thing won’t help you lose weight,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Tara Collingwood and author of Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies. “Instead, look at your overall diet and caloric balance. Increase your burn a little bit each day with more movement and exercise and skip extra calories you won’t miss, like that bite of your husband’s meal when you dine out or dipping into the lolly jar at work.”