Best Weight Loss Program

The best weight loss program is one that provides you with a well balanced diet with plenty of variety in your food intake. There are a lot of fad diets out there. How do you choose? Low carb, high protein/low carb, the fruit diet, the list goes on. I do not believe it is necessary to go to these extremes. The simple act of following a healthy eating plan and paying attention to the amount of calories you eat combined with moderate exercise will help you lose weight in a steady, safe way.

I personally know that you can lose a safe amount of weight each week without the need for resorting to extreme diets that starve your body of fats and carbohydrates. A safe amount of weight to lose each week is about 1 - 2 pounds (1 kilo equals 2.2 pounds) and no more. I gained 33 kilos after starting a particular medical treatment. I craved food, not because I was hungry, I just wanted to eat and of course it was all sugary foods I craved. A large part of my healthy eating plan centers on portion control. This way I can still eat most of the foods I enjoy just in smaller amounts.

I have now turned this around and have lost 17 kilos, losing weight at a rate of approximately 1 kilo per week, without starving myself or going on a starvation diet of any sort. It is important to get to learn the calorie and fat values of the food you are eating and plan meals to keep your calorie intake at a certain level each day. We put on weight when we consume more calories than our bodies burn. Once you have a basic idea of the calorie values of the foods you eat in an average week, it is easy to keep a check of your daily intake.

A well balanced diet and moderate physical activity won't produce huge amounts of weight loss but they are sustainable. If you eat a healthy diet, and one that you are enjoying, the better the chances are that you will stick with it and maintain the weight loss for life. A healthy diet does more than help you lose weight; it also helps keep you fit and healthy. Use the food pyramid to help you plan your meals and this will keep you on the right track.

Absolutely have a treat once a week but don't get carried away. This is not about punishing yourself. I don't even think of this as dieting. It is simply not eating more than our bodies need each day. It really is that simple. I also do not do strenuous hours of exercise every day. Simple exercises, these take about 10 - 15 minutes, and walking for half an hour at least four times a week. This is not hard exercise and is quite pleasant to do.

Beware of fast weight loss diets like low carb and high protein/low carb, whilst you may experience an initial fast weight loss, this can be mainly from loss of water weight and lean muscle mass. Not the fat that you are trying to lose. There is also some evidence that you may rapidly gain weight when you go off the diet.

A healthy eating plan and moderate exercise are all that you need to start losing weight today and to keep it off for life. I hope this article has shown you how simple it is and inspired you to make a start towards a happier, healthier you.

Joanne has personal experience with weight loss and has shared this in her new book The Best Weight Loss Program that is available for half price at only $7.00 at

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