4 Important Lessons You Learn From Losing Weight

lessons-from-losing-weightOh, yes! You can definitely learn a thing or two from your weight loss journey. The weight loss is just one of the positive outcomes of your journey. You literally become a better person, inside out. A healthy weight loss is really more than just a physical transformation.

Just thinking about the need to diet is already a good start. A lot of people complain about their weight but don’t do anything about it. So you’re off to a great start by actually thinking that you need to start losing weight.

Of course, starting the actual diet is not that easy at all. Finding the right weight loss plan takes some time. If you do find the right plan, keeping up with it can be quite challenging. You should always keep in mind that nothing comes easy when you’re trying to lose weight.

However if you are able to come out of it successfully by losing and maintaining your new weight, then congratulations to you! While you are ecstatic about your new weight, you’re more than excited to share all the lessons you’ve learned along the way.

First Lesson: It Sure Is Hard But It’s All Worth It

After finally losing all that weight, you just want to give yourself a good pat on the back. You look back and say to yourself, “Good job! You did it!” You just feel like you have accomplished something and you did!  And with that sense of accomplishment comes the first lesson you’ve learned.

For someone that has successfully lost some weight, you know very well that weight loss is not an easy thing to do. Successfully surviving a weight loss plan means overcoming each and every challenge that comes with it. From starting a weight loss plan to sticking to it, you know well enough that you have gone a long way to get to where you are now.

Now, that’s one good reason why you want to take care of yourself now. After losing weight, you want to do your best to maintain it. You have a deep sense of appreciation of the hard work that comes with weight loss. You’re now making smarter food choices.

Hence, you’ve definitely learned that nothing is easy when it comes to losing weight. However, you can easily attest that everything was all worth it.

Second Lesson: There’s Just No Shortcut

When it comes to losing weight, you know for a fact that there’s no short cut to doing it. It takes a lot of work, time, and effort.  At this point, you’ve learned that there is no such thing as an overnight diet. For a safe weight loss and maintenance, it just has to be done the natural way. No pills, no fad diets, and no starvation.

After successfully dropping the pounds, you want to share with everybody this important lesson. After all, you learned it as you were traveling the rough road to weight loss.

This is also an important lesson to share with other people that want to lose weight. You cannot give false promises to people who will be inspired by your weight loss. It is your responsibility to tell them the truth that there is no shortcut when it comes to losing weight safely.

Third Lesson: Just Keep Going

This is definitely another lesson you’ve learned along the way; just keep going. The road you’ve just traveled is a rough one. You’ve definitely hurdled your way though it. Just keep on going and you’ll get to the finish line. That’s exactly what you want to share with the other folks.

You also want to share the fact that it’s important to get the right support keep on going. You’ve learned this from experience. Hence, it’s important to find a weight loss plan that has a good support system.

Fourth Lesson: Stick To What Works For You

After losing all that weight, a lot of people will be interested in what you did. You’ll definitely be inspiring a lot of people to lose weight. Some will be motivated to actually start a weight loss plan.  Hence, you need to be careful.

People will ask you about your weight loss plan. Some will even do exactly what you did. At this point, you need to share the fourth important lesson that you’ve learned. That lesson is this. What works for you may not work for them.  They need to consult a health expert if they really want to lose weight safely.

These are the four most important lessons you learn from losing weight safely. There are definitely more, but these four lessons are the ones that will keep you focused on staying healthy for a very long time.

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Ditch The Diet Soda For A Safe Weight Loss

ditch-diet-sodasAre you guilty of this? You order just about everything on the menu (that’s an exaggeration but you get the point, right?) then you top it off with a diet soda. Or maybe, you’re settling for a salad but you  still top it off with a diet soda. It’s as if a diet soda will really help you shed some pounds. Well, here’s some bad news. It won’t and it never will.

Confused About Diet Soda?

Don’t worry. You’re not the only one that’s confused about diet soda. After all, the reports on diet soda have been quite confusing for everybody. One report that has been published in the Obesity journal states that diet sodas can help people lose weight. While that particular report states a positive note on diet sodas, other reports state otherwise.

Another report discovered that folks who drank two cans of diet soda a day had more chances of ending up overweight and even worse, obese. Their chances of becoming overweight or obese? Fifty-four percent.

This is compared to the folks that drank regular soda. Their chances of ending up overweight or obese is at 32 percent, a much lower percentage as compared to the diet soda drinkers. (Of course, they’re not totally spared. The bottomline is soda is bad, diet or not.)

The Long And Short Of It

The confusion goes on. Another study on diet soda shows that drinking it can help you lose weight. This particular study consisted of two groups that were both required to get on the same diet and exercise routine. The only difference is that one group drank diet soda while the other group drank water.

After twelve weeks, it was discovered that the diet soda drinkers lost more weight than the water drinkers. They actually lost four pounds more than the water drinkers. But these results shouldn’t totally excite you. Why? Well, for one it was not stated if the diet soda drinkers were able to sustain their weight loss. And considering the long-term effects of drinking soda, diet or not, nothing was stated about the overall health condition of the diet soda drinkers.

So, yes, diet soda can help you lose weight. But you simply cannot deny the dangers that come with drinking it. Common sense will dictate that you’re safer losing a couple of pounds with water as opposed to losing more weight by drinking diet soda. To start with, you will have an easier time maintaining you weight loss because your body has already gotten used to drinking water. Diet soda drinkers will have to adjust to drinking water and this may cause them to substitute the sweet flavor they have gotten accustomed to.  The long and short of it? You’re better off drinking water.

Ditch The Diet Soda Now

With all the confusing reports, health experts still recommend water over soda. To start with, there’s nothing natural about soda, be it diet or not. The artificial sweeteners contained in diet soda won’t help any of your vital body functions. As matter of fact, they can more harm than good. The same thing goes for the unhealthy sugars contained in a regular soda drink.

If you’re still having second thoughts about diet soda (don’t want to ditch it yet?), take a look at how your body will respond to long-term diet soda drinking. First of all, you’re bound to get headaches. The artificial sweetener contained in the soda can somehow trigger headaches. Second, you’re bound to ruin your smile. Why is this so? Well, the citric acid can cause tooth erosion. Your teeth will weaken and you’ll end up with tooth decay. You surely wouldn’t want to end up toothless and thin, right?

You still don’t want to ditch the diet soda? Well, take a look at this. You are bound to gain weight drinking it. This maybe another one of those confusing health reports on diet soda but the researchers from the University of Texas concluded that diet soda drinkers have seventy percent more chances of gaining weight as compared to non soda drinkers. This is due to the psychological effect of drinking diet soda. Just because it’s diet, you can eat anything. Well, that’s not true at all.

The other serious effects of drinking diet soda are increased risk of ending up with type 2 diabetes and addiction. Once you start drinking soda, it’s hard to stop. That’s not good at all.

The time is now. You should ditch the diet soda (and perhaps even the regular soda as well) now! No matter how confusing the reports are on diet soda, nothing beats drinking water. So the next time you order your next meal, top it off with a tall glass of refreshing water.

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