There is such a lot of conflicting information about weight loss out there which makes this a tricky subject.
In the United States alone more than $30 billion is spent every year on diet programs and related products. Vast numbers of publications, so called experts, and even medical doctors all promote one diet scheme or another. The net result is that most people simply don't know who or what they should believe.
Attaining a reasonable weight level is most important because excess weight is known to be a risk factor in diabetes, hypertension, heart problems and arthritis. However it is most important to realise that whatever your reasons for weight loss may be - looking good, athletic and sports performance, or family pressure - that you really must be careful not to take off too much weight.
The result of losing too much could be health problems, which are the result of being underweight, and even in increased risk of early death.
There are a number of safe, very effective, medically approved weight loss techniques.
1.Keep a count of and reduce the calories which you consume and increase the amount of your daily exercise.
2.Raw fruits of all kinds as well as nuts and vegetables(cooked or raw) are low in total calories and very high in essential nutrients.
3. You must be certain to stay away from high calorie foods which you already know are bad for you. A good example would be sodas,sugary desserts and ice cream.
4.You must not drastically cut calories immediately. Your body will have difficulty with the sudden drop. Reduce your high calorie foods gradually and this will avoid unwelcome metabolic surprises.
5.You should not eat a lot just before you go to sleep,either at night or during the day. Your body does not burn up calories while you are sleeping.They will be stored as fat.
6.Drink plenty of water and be sure to get outside for sunshine and fresh air. Get as much as possible of your nutrients from raw fruit sources or veggie based smoothies and salads.
7.It is generally agreed by most nutritionists that the only sure weightloss method is to cut calorie intake and increase calorie expenditure. Put very simply, you need to get more exercise and to eat less food.
8. Replace fat loaded sauces and salad toppings with lime or lemon juice, salsa, soy sauce, or spices.
9.A very good idea is to eat smaller meals more often during the day to avoid becoming hungry. You can eat 5 or 6 small meals instead of 3 larger ones.
10. You must cut out, or reduce as far as possible, simple carbs and eat complex carbohydrates such as wild rice, beans and all kinds of nuts.
There are some excellent new scientifically proven diet plans available now which incorporate these principles. You can eat the foods you like by selecting your own menu and you can lose as much as 9 lbs every 11 days. Then you take a holiday from the diet for a few days and return to it to take off another 9lbs, as often as you want to, till your target weight is reached.