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Essential strategies for lasting weight loss and lifelong fitness

 In order to lose weight you need to address the bad habits you have learned over time that have caused you to gain weight in the first place.
 If you have been overweight for a long time it can be difficult to examine your lifestyle objectively, as you might believe that you are eating healthily.

 Generally, though, what you consider to be healthy and what doctors recommend as being healthy tend to differ.

 Most people are not happy to find themselves in the position of being overweight, and so many of them resort to denial because if they don’t face up to the fact they have a problem, then they don’t have to deal with it, but ultimately their weight will catch up with them.

In order to lose weight, therefore, you have to reach a stage in your life where you are actually prepared to do something about it and to make changes to your lifestyle which you can follow.

 You might have a few false starts where you set about losing weight, but just aren’t in the right frame of mind to do it properly, thus not taking a sensible route to weight loss. Everybody has an impatient streak in them, and if you have a lot of weight to lose the task can seem insurmountable; you just want to see the results straightaway.

Thus, you need to find a way to motivate yourself and to stick with a sensible weight-loss plan, rather than using quick-fix diets which end up being more trouble than they are worth.

 You might lose weight quickly the first couple of weeks you follow a strict diet, but soon you will be overcome with the urge to binge on junk food or to just give up, and fad diets aren’t exactly designed to give you long-lasting results anyway. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is to do it slowly by following a balanced diet and getting enough exercise.

The fact that most people can stick to a rigid diet, even if is only for a short time, demonstrates that it is possible to find the willpower to avoid temptation, but in the long run you have to learn to deal with temptation rather than to simply avoid it. You need to formulate a new relationship with food so that you are in control of what you eat, rather than you being controlled by your cravings.

 You need to be able to recognise when you are most likely to turn to food for comfort, and to realise when you are eating too much so that you can stop yourself before it gets out of hand.

You also need to make exercise a priority, as it is good for your overall health and fitness, and can facilitate weight loss.

 It can also improve your state of mind and help you to stay motivated, something which is key if you are to continue losing weight; it can also help you to maintain your weight loss.

For lasting weight loss and lifelong fitness you need to adopt long-term strategies with the focus being on eating well and exercising regularly, as good health is something which needs to be continually worked at; it isn’t something that can simply be achieved overnight.