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Eight Secrets To Weight Loss Success

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Eight Secrets To Weight Loss Success

Weight loss…if we could just find the right diet we would achieve our goals, right?

The sad truth is that weight-loss diets, for the most part, don’t work and are becoming a thing of the past. Research shows that 85-95% of dieters regain any weight they’ve lost within 3-5 years. Most diets simply dictate what to eat and how much, and usually don’t teach us to make better food choices once we go off. Once we go back to our old habits the weight comes back and we end up in a constant battle to get the weight down again.

When you quit diets and instead change to eating nutrient-rich foods and enjoy fun foods in moderation, weight loss can be the natural result. Other well-known benefits include increased energy, vitality and freedom from disease. Additionally, if you stay active and eat in moderation you don’t have to give up the foods you enjoy. Yes, that means you can enjoy cake, cookies, and other treats and still lose weight when you learn how to balance them appropriately in your diet. So the BIG question is: Why don’t more of us choose a health-promoting lifestyle vs. the “diet d’jour” in our world today?

Part of the reason is that we are conditioned in the diet mentality that the answer lies in a secret formula that will only work if we follow it rigidly. Let’s face it, we like the bells and whistles. Instead of following another weight loss diet we should pay attention to those people who have lost weight and kept it off. What did they do?

People who have successfully achieved their ideal weight and better health without dieting report the following success strategies:

  • They made a commitment to changing habits long-term vs. just losing weight.
  • They became educated about sound nutrition principles.
  • They learned to cope with emotions and stress without food.
  • They consciously eat when they’re hungry and stop when they’re full.
  • They shift the focus from “looking good” to honoring their health and well-being.
  • They learn to adjust portions or food intake to match activity level.
  • They don’t sabotage themselves when they blow it.
  • They seek ongoing support as needed to stay motivated.
  • Making positive change is possible with the right commitment, education, and support.

Rather than spending precious energy and time “going on a diet,” make a different choice. Choose high-level health so you can lose weight once and keep it off for a lifetime.

For more healthy living tips, read How to Accomplish Your Health Goals, Part 1 & Part 2.

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Meri Raffetto, RD, LDN

Meri is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and specializes in weight management and heart disease. With more than 10 years experience in nutrition counseling has helped people make positive lifestyle changes to improve their health. Since becoming a dietitian, she has been involved with nutrition research studies and has worked in many specialized areas of nutrition such as weight management, heart disease, alcohol recovery, and eating disorders. She has provided nutrition counseling for professional athletes training at Titan Sports Performance Center in Santa Barbara, CA and has developed nutrition programs and education manuals for hospitals, private businesses, and corporate wellness. Additionally, Meri publishes a monthly newsletter for and has contributed articles to Santa Barbara Fitness Magazine and Santa Barbara News Press' Woman Magazine. She has been interviewed by multiple radio shows and featured in Healthy Living Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. She lives with her husband in Temecula, CA where she enjoys hiking, reading, writing, occasional rock climbing, and, of course, cooking!

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