Permanent Lifestyle Approach

Written by Diana Koch.

Many times I have been asked what it is that I do to achieve and maintain my weight loss results. The only response that I can offer is a smile because I don't even know where to begin. After years of trial and error, I have concluded that there simply is no right answer or cure all. What may work for one person may not resonate with another. We are all different and our needs are unique. It would be foolish of me to prescribe a remedy for a healthy lifestyle. The only strong piece of advice that I can offer is to find what works best for YOU.

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Each day brings new challenges and your body's needs change with each passing moment. Unexpected situations occur at every turn so it is important to be open-minded. It also doesn't hurt to adjust your attitude accordingly or to 'go with the flow'. For example, you don't know when an illness will strike but you can do your best to take preventive measures. It helps to have realistic expectations and reasonable goals. Every single one of us is special and it is wise to acknowledge our differences. Otherwise, you may spend the rest of your life fighting a battle that just may never be won.

People are always looking for an easy way out of their weight-related dilemmas. They will try everything and anything that may bring them one pound closer to their goal. The companies that are out there to sell you the latest fad diets are a dime a dozen and your best interest is not at heart. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts to a permanent lifestyle approach. This concept may be a little daunting for those that are looking for a quick fix to prolonged health and vitality.

The way you live your life is a matter of personal choice and consists of decisions made only by you. For some, it may be a cigarette every half hour, a daily jog around the block or perhaps both. You possess the freedom to create the framework of your life. Now, here is the beauty part.

You have the power to change it all. You are responsible for you. No one is forcing you to eat what you don't want to eat and no one is preventing you from achieving your goals. There is no reason for you not to be able to live the life you want and it all begins now.

Losing and managing your weight works on the same principles. You must find a way that will be comfortable for you. Personally, I enjoy going on walks that can take anywhere up to 3 hours. Now this may not sit well with the person asking me and may render them hopeless if they are not a fan of walking. But through my own right, I have established a routine that I am happy with and the results speak for themselves.

If you find pleasure in doing something and it doesn't feel like a burden then you should consider yourself lucky. The key is to find a solution that can be sustained for the rest of your life. Mind you, what may work today might not be appropriate tomorrow. For this reason, it is worthwhile to acquire flexible thinking and a thirst for challenging yourself.

The approach to a permanent lifestyle change requires a finely tuned balance. There are many factors that come into play and being positive certainly improves your position. Since we are all creatures of habit, our success will not be possible without some bumps along the way. You should never give up and always persevere. There is something out there for everyone, you just need to find it.

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