Obesity is an unpleasant and unhealthy condition, which entails having an excess amount of fat distributed in the body. If your body mass index, or BMI, is higher than 30, then it means you are obese. This particular condition can take its toll on your self-esteem and create a negative body image, but its psychological issues are often not a match for the multitude of adverse effects it has on your physiological well-being. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that obesity contributes to the highest number of preventable deaths, and can cause a number of conditions that may contribute towards early mortality. The particular conditions that are often linked to obesity include diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, high levels of LDL cholesterol and low levels of HDL cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, cancer, problems with the respiratory system and more. Apart from a poor body image, obesity can also lead to anxiety and clinical depression.
Most people who are obese can feel the impact that the condition has on their life. Obesity is known to reduce a person’s quality of life, but the problem, however, is that it is not always as easy to lose weight as it sounds. You read about many success stories in magazines, newspapers and even on the internet, yet your own efforts to reduce your body fat percentage tends to fail every time. Daniel Bartlett reports on Huffington Post that as much as 90% of all diets fail to provide effective results and, in cases where the person is able to lose a significant amount of weight, they often tend to gain back excess fat after the diet has been completed.
Follow a 6-Week Program To Transform Your Life
If you do a quick search on Google for “weight loss programs”, you will instantly be presented with thousands of products that are being promoted on the internet – each trying to convince you that the content of the program can help you shed excess weight in just a couple of days or weeks. While many of these dieting programs do provide useful information, the problem is they focus on providing a “fad dieting” technique, and do not guide you through the rest of the process once the period of the diet has ended. This is when people tend to gain back the weight they lost, since they have not been guided thoroughly, but was only taken through a short period of time where they had to restrict certain foods.
We would like to tell you that it is not necessary to eat almost nothing in order to lose weight. We would also like to tell you that it is possible to lose weight AND to keep it off. They key ingredient to successfully losing weight is to utilize a program that is able to transform your life, and not just your body for a short period of time.
The idea of the six-week diet program we are about to share with you is not to help you go on a restricted diet, but rather to help you make the necessary changes in your life so that you can avoid what is causing you to gain weight, enjoy the things that will help you lose weight and ultimately gain a new body – including a new lifestyle and mindset. Let’s get started!
What You Should Eat
Since our 6-week dieting program is all about changing your lifestyle and not only to get you to reduce your calorie intake, we would like to start by discussing what you should eat during the six weeks – but we also want to make a point of telling you that you should try to incorporate these types of food into your daily diet even after the six weeks have ended. There is a good chance that you would not yet be happy with your weight after the six weeks, and losing weight too quickly, is not healthy either. We are also not going to tell you to restrict all of your food intake, but rather to simply ensure that you eat less calories than you need to use every day. This will ensure that it is possible for you to lose weight and not gain weight.
Here are a few excellent recipes of healthy meals you can prepare while following this life-changing 6-week program:
- Eggs with berries, yogurt and toast.
- Oat Bran Pancakes
- Scrambled Egg Burritos
- Banana Corn Muffins
- Greek Courgetti Salad
- Turkey And Spring Onion Wraps
- Cabbage Salad
- Pork And Sweet Potato
- Pizza Chicken
- Skinny Alfredo
You can snack on healthy foods, such as sweet potato chips and nuts, throughout the day. Avoid eating candy, potato chips, deep fried foods and any foods that may be high in unsaturated fats, sugar and unnecessary carbs.
The 6-Week Plan
Now that you have a general understanding of what you should eat, let’s take a look at the six-week plan that we have prepared for you.
The first week of your life-changing diet plan will be an introduction to your “new” lifestyle. During this week, you should try to find what meals you can prepare that does not contain a lot of calories – use the recipes we’ve provided as guidance. It is important that you consume more than 1000 calories per day, but you need to lower your calorie intake to a number that is less than the amount your body uses per day. For example, if you use around 2000 calories per day, you could lower our daily calorie intake to around 1500. Don’t be too hard on yourself during the first week, as this week will be somewhat experimental and will allow you to initiate the next weeks with more confidence.
Now that the first week of your diet is behind you, it is time to make a commitment and to challenge yourself. During week one, you were able to determine which lower-calorie dishes you enjoy, and you’ve set up a food plan for yourself. Try to keep at it this week and be serious about your goals. Try to make no room for error during week two.
The third week of the six-week program will most definitely be a little harder than the other. During this time, you may be tempted to grab for a chocolate bar or a bag of potato chips. Try to remind yourself that you are making progress and you have made it thus far. Continue eating lower calorie meals. Starting some physical activity on a daily basis is also a good idea now.
At this point, you have overcome the worst parts of the program. Congratulate yourself, but stay strong and confident in your life changing phase. Refuse to give in to temptation and use this week to build your confidence and to motivate yourself.
During the fifth week of the program, you should detoxify your body. This will make losing weight much easier in your future, and will eliminate any toxins from your body. Avoid those 24-hour detox tablets that you can buy from a health store, and rather rely on addition foods you can add to your diet during this week. Rodale Wellness reports that some excellent food choices to detoxify your body includes apples, asparagus, basil, avocados, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, flaxseeds, ginger, garlic, kale, lemons, parsley and spinach.
You have reached the final week and you should feel much better about yourself by now. You’ve gone five weeks without indulging in fast foods or any unhealthy foods, you’ve done some exercise and you’re on a healthier diet now. Now, it is time to prepare yourself to adopt to these new changes – if you were able to keep it up for this long, then you surely can implement these changes into your future until you have achieved your goal weight. Thereafter, you can increase your calorie intake – but only slightly so that it does not overpower your daily calorie expenditure again.
Losing weight may seem difficult and even impossible at times, but you should know that many people who have failed multiple diets have been able to change their lives for the good, and ultimately reach their goal of a lower body fat percentage. In this guide, we’ve provided a basic six-week program that you can start to follow as soon as today, to help you avoid going for quick fad diets, and rather make positive, long-term changes in your life that will help you take control, lose weight and enjoy a higher quality-of-life.