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Long-Term Weight Loss Tips

It would seem as though almost every American adult has struggled with their weight at some point during their lifetime with most adults trying at one point or another to shed some extra pounds. In a society where convenience food is the norm and most jobs are largely sedentary, excess weight can easily creep in. So it should come as no surprise, with so many people struggling with their weight, that millions of people are constantly concerned with how to lose those pounds once and for all.

There are plenty of quick-fix diets that promise fast and easy weight-loss but—more often than not—these efforts result in an eventual re-gain of the weight once the strict diet has been replaced with a person’s “normal” eating habits once again. Long-term weight loss doesn’t need to be impossible, however, and if you understand some basic tips for going about it the right way, you’re sure to see success. Here are just a few tips to help you lose the weight for good:

Understand the Timing

One of the hardest parts of a weight-loss journey for many people is really understanding that to lose the weight for good, it’s going to take some time. The weight didn’t pile on overnight and it shouldn’t come off in the blink of an eye either if it’s going to stay off for good. A good rule of thumb is to aim for a 1-2 pound weight loss per week by incorporating smaller changes in habits into your daily routine.

Set Reasonable Goals

Another big pitfall when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off is setting goals that just aren’t realistic. For example, aiming to lose 20 pounds in a month for most people is not a realistic goal and if they manage to accomplish this task, chances are, the weight will bounce back on in no time. By setting realistic goals your body has time to adjust to each change along the way and mentally you’ll be less discouraged when you are able to reach these attainable goals then feeling like a failure for not completing a nearly impossible goal instead.

Get Support

Having support from those nearest to you can do a lot in helping you succeed with your weight-loss goals. If those you live with and associate with the most know that you’re working hard to avoid certain foods and exercise more, they can better help you avoid temptation and encourage you in your quest. You may also want to look into the extra support, encouragement and guidance that a personal trainer can provide in helping you realize your long-term weight loss goals.

Of course, for many people, even the most valiant effort still don’t spell out complete success in their minds. Even with religious dietary improvements and regular exercise, some areas of the body are just determined to hold onto stubborn fat and don’t seem to respond to all the work. If your good diet and exercise habits aren’t providing you the results you seek, you may want to look into how modern liposuction techniques can greatly improve the contours of your body permanently. Many of these new techniques don’t require serious surgery with weeks of post-treatment healing and the results are permanent. If you’re interested in such a procedure, The Laser Lipo and Vein Center in St. Louis can help! Call today to get you free consultation and see if liposuction is right for you!