Every single day we're bombarded with quick fix weight loss messages such as,
"I lost 30 pounds in 30 days for $30!"
"I lost weight and still eat all the same junk food I used to!"
"The pounds just fell off while I sat on the couch!"
The truth of the matter is that even if a quick fix weight loss diet pill or program does make you lose weight, it's probably not working in a healthy way. And the fact is that most people who go on a diet regain the weight and then some extra within 6 months!
The key to lasting, effective, and healthy (that's the key word here!) weight loss is to go about it the natural way. Natural weight loss is weight loss that happens over time, in a healthy way, using a proper diet and good nutrition along with balanced exercise and movement.
Basically, natural weight loss will never take you "overboard." Last time I checked, you can't overdose on fruits and vegetables. Likewise, if you're taking a natural weight loss route, you can't overdose on it. You'll never lose too much weight too fast, you won't develop eating disorders, and you won't have side effects from any kind of diet pills when you use a natural weight loss program.
Here are the top 5 things you should look for in a natural weight loss program:
1. Fruits and Vegetables
Your natural weight management program better include a lot of fresh, raw fruits, vegetables and berries. Why? Because these are mother nature's fat burners and protectors of human health. The key to natural weight loss is to do it the healthy way. The USDA recommends we eat a variety of 7-13 fresh fruits and vegetables every single day. The problem is that the average American eats less than 3 servings a day. By simply increasing your intake of fruits and veggies, you can slim your waist line, have more energy, and dramatically reduce your risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and many other chronic diseases.
2. Legumes (Beans)
Beans are one of the healthiest forms of protein, a great source of fiber, and a great addition to a healthy diet. They will help your digestive system function much better over time with the added fiber. Good digestion will help you burn more fat and keep your weight in a healthier balance. Beans are also a great replacement for unhealthy red meats, fried foods, and processed meats (like hot dogs and deli meats which are loaded with preservatives and have been shown to increase your risk of colon cancer).
3. Whole Grains and Complex, Unprocessed Carbohydrates
One of the keys to healthy, sustainable weight loss is to eat unprocessed, complex carbohydrates. They are metabolized much slower in the body than simple carbohydrates (like sugar, cookies, crackers, chips, and other processed sweets). Complex carbohydrates also come from whole foods - like whole grains, and so they often come along with other helpful nutrients like antioxidants and healthy fibers. The key is to eliminate unhealthy processed carbs and add in the good, healthy, whole-grain and complex carbs.
4. No Diet Pills!
A natural weight management program should never contain weight loss pills or diet pills. These disrupt your body's ability to digest food properly and can cause all kinds of unhealthy side effects. Stay away from the pills and focus on your skills - the skills of eating the healthy, natural foods for healthy, natural weight loss.
5. Movement and Exercise in Moderation
The key to any exercise or movement program is consistency. You're going to lose a lot more weight, a lot faster, and keep it up longer if you exercise 15 minutes a day 5 days a week than if you exercise 5 hours once a week. Even though you're spending more time on the 5 hour, once a week program, your body can't cope with it as well and you're unlikely to keep up such a program for very long. So keep consistent and start slow - you can always increase your daily exercise time. The key is to get started and never stop! And to do it consistently, at least 3 days a week.