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Have you tried the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet or another diet only to find that they didn’t work for weight loss for very long, if at all?

There is a very good reason these diets failed you. Diet for weight loss often means deprivation.

You will NOT stick to any regimen if you feel bored, deprived or bored.

Let’s face facts. Most people enjoy eating as much for pleasure as for the nutrition it provides. Diets, by their very design, require you to give up some of the foods you enjoy.

They key to weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume.

It is best if you eat healthy and nutritious foods but you can start by first taking an inventory of your daily caloric intake. Do this each day for 2 weeks so you have a baseline to work with.

The next step is to reduce your intake by no more than 20% OR increase your level of physical activity. This is your recipe for weight loss without feeling deprived.

You are looking for a lifestyle change. By starting out gradually reducing the number of calories you are currently consuming, you are teaching yourself you can do well on less.

As you progress, you can swap out some of the less nutritious foods for better dietary choices.

Add exercises to your routine and you may experience some fast weight loss. This is especially true when a combination of strength training AND cardiovascular workouts are added on an alternating schedule.

You don’t need the Atkins diet, South Beach Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet or any other plan that deprives you of foods you love or enjoy.

Potatoes and other complex carbohydrates are off limits with some of these meal plans. The problem with doing that is you are eliminating food sources that are nutritious, good and filling.

Fruits, vegetables, salads, nuts and some of your other options may be good and they are good for you BUT your body needs a certain amount of bulk to feel full and satisfied.

Complex carbohydrates like potatoes fit this requirement perfectly. A medium sized baked potato has fewer than 300 calories. The problem most Americans have is we tend to either fry, deep fry or add numerous toppings such as sour cream, butter, bacon bits, cheese or chili to our potato.

You can choose to deprive yourself with one of the diet plans like the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet or Cabbage Soup Diet OR you can take control of your eating and gradually modify your lifestyle to reach your weight loss goal.

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