If you’re serious about losing weight, you’ll want to be smart about your plan. If your goal is weight-loss and keeping it off, then you need to be smart. Read on then, for proven, “Not for Dummies”, expert tips to help you attain your goal.

It’s Your Loss

So often we see in the media, people touting their magnificent new figure, sans 40-100 or more pounds than they were previously. But before long, oops! The weight-loss turns back to weight gain. Why?

A true “good” diet is a habitual regimen of healthful, mindful eating.

The main reason why people’s weight fluctuate so greatly is because they go on a diet. “Going on a diet” connotes temporary, extreme changes in eating habits. If you go, you eventually come back—like “going on a vacation.” You’re enthusiastic to go, but the return trip turns out to be a downer.

Forget the Quick Weight-Loss Fix

Once you “go off the diet,” you generally gain back the weight.
The only way to lose pounds and keep them off is by adopting a particular lifestyle. That lifestyle includes a balanced, nutritional, whole-foods based, forever-diet—along with regular exercise, and proper rest.  Period.

The Only Worthy Tips are the Smart Ones

There’s so much information to filter through and digest; it’s surprising we even have any motivation after we’re done researching diets. The reality and scientific truth is that no gimmick or “trending” diet will give you desired results if your goal is to keep the weight off.
Healthy weight reduction and maintenance is possible with a commitment to a smart plan.

Smarty-Pants Tips

Weight loss is not about merely cutting calories. It’s about providing your body with nutrients and reducing inflammation in your body.
Focusing on those two factors will naturally shed pounds with ease.
How do you provide nutrients? The only way is through ingesting non-processed, whole foods. Vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins will provide you with vitamins and minerals.
The way your body absorbs nutrients is to combine them with fat-soluble foods. This means you need to eat “good fats.” Here are some yummy examples:

  • blueberries with walnuts
  • carrots with hummus (garbanzo beans, good)
  • sweet-potato chips with guacamole (avocado being the good fat)
  • almond butter on a brown rice cake
  • a teaspoon of flaxseed oil in your berry smoothie
  • avocado oil in the pan with your scrambled eggs
  • asparagus with your salmon (omega-3 fatty acid rich)

I bet you’re getting the picture!

Tipping the Inflammation Scale

If your body is experiencing inflammation externally, you know it. You can see redness or swelling. Internally, you really don’t know if you’re inflamed until you feel lousy or experience pain, or you get diagnosed with a disease.
Inflammation, clearly, is not a good thing. In order to decrease it and help you on your weight-loss plan, there are certain foods you might consider removing from your diet. Inflammatory foods include:

  • wheat, gluten, and casein
  • dairy
  • processed and cured meats
  • soy
  • processed grains
  • sugar
  • sugar
  • sugar

Awww, Sugar Sugar

Yep, sugar mentioned more than once was not a typo. Sugar in the form of granulated or powdered sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and fructose is unacceptable in more than minuscule amounts if you want to lose weight, keep it off, and have a healthy body.
And, forget the artificial sweeteners. They are equally or almost worst. Read why here.

Here’s the Skinny on Weight-Loss

Regardless of the propaganda circulating by the sugar, wheat, and corn industries, “no dummies” do not fall into that trap. The truth is that those ingredients cause inflammation. If you want to lose weight, you need to say bye-bye to them for a while, if not, your lifetime.
It may sound grim, but the reality is that’s it’s a challenge and can be fun.

Don’t starve yourself by any means.

Start out your day with a nutritious breakfast. A smoothie that includes berries, protein (like a nut butter), fresh spinach or kale, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a bit of almond or coconut milk will fill you up and get your digestive system and brain into forward gear.
You can snack on any of the foods mentioned above. Your lunch and dinner should consist of at least half a plate of veggies and the rest with lean protein and good grains and fats. Make herbs and spices your best cooking friends too—they will add flavor and also help reduce inflammation.
Drink tons of water throughout the day and try to get at least eight hours of sleep per night. Toss in a bit of daily exercise, and you will start losing weight before you know it. Maintain a healthy diet, and you’ll keep those pounds off, and you will feel better than you ever have!
Ask a friend to join you on your positive eating challenge. If you need more support, there are terrific programs already set up to get you started. Restart TM offers groups with trained coaches to help with mindful eating. Arbonne offers a 30-day healthy living package with nutritional supplements and professional support. You can always check out other weight-loss and positive health-affective diets on www.GetThrive.com