Losing weight in a healthy way is an important part of permanent weight loss. Some crash diets and even starvation will help you to lose weight temporarily. However, these types of diets will cause your body to lose healthy muscle and not unhealthy fat. Also, as soon as you begin eating in a normal manner again the weight will return. Frequently, not only will the weight that you lost return, but you will gain more as well. As though that is not bad enough, you will also have sacrificed your good health.
Are you aware that muscle is heavier by volume than fat? When you begin to gain weight after an unhealthy diet, you will gain this weight as fat and not muscle. You're not sure what the really big deal is about that? The fact of the matter is, even if you weigh the same amount as you did before the diet, you will look larger, because you will be larger. Ouch! Who needs that?
If you want to achieve permanent, healthy weight loss, you must watch what you eat, and exercise. This does not need to be a huge undertaking, especially if you only have a small amount to lose. Take your time, this is not a race. The truth is, the more slowly you reduce your weight the better it is for your body. Simply reduce your calorie intake by a small amount. This can be easily achieved by eliminating sweets and sweetened beverages and slightly reducing portion sizes.
Exercise is imperative in achieving healthy weight loss. If your not headed for the Olympics, do not worry about training as though you're going to run the two minute mile. The fact of the matter when it comes to exercise is, every little bit does count. So why not make it fun? Why not go out dancing Saturday night ? Take up walking, and make sure you walk around through the most beautiful parks that you can find. The point is to find a physical activity that you enjoy, and do it as often as you can.
This should get you on your way to achieving your weight loss goals. Next: