It's no secret, everyone's different. This applies to everything, and is not to be forgotten when thinking about how you lose weight. While most companies or products may claim to offer the best weight loss program, the best program really is the one you put together yourself.
Why is this so important? Consider this: One person trying to lose weight may live in a small town, work short hours, and have enough free time to eat what they want, when they want. Another may live in a city, work most of the day, and scarcely have enough time to grab the nearest item of food, regardless of how healthy it is. Now, the first person not only has a lower level of stress, which is known to make weight loss more difficult, but has time for two other crucial points - eating right and exercising. The second can hardly get the time of day, let alone make room for serious exercise.
So what are you going to do? Fortunately, with just a little planning, there are many things you can do to set yourself on track to weight loss. Here are three things to consider when formulating your own best weight loss program:
1.) Eating right - Finding high-quality, healthy food may be out of the way, and often expensive. But eating healthy doesn't mean buying all the best-known organic brands. It doesn't even have to mean organic at all. But it does mean getting a good share of all the food groups. A lot of us miss out on fruits and vegetables throughout the day because they aren't as readily accessible as a quick sandwich or hamburger. If you can't get any during the day, maybe bring an apple and some carrots from home. Also, try to avoid foods heavy in saturated fats and large quantities of unnecessary calories, like most fast food. Again, if it's too difficult to find, maybe pack a lunch every day.
2.) Exercise - It is completely understandable that not everyone can get in a daily amount of exercise. Work often takes most of our hours and our energy, leaving us drained and with little ambition to do much else except go home in the evenings. However, just walking for fifteen or twenty minutes a day can help. If you live close enough, you could even walk to work. If that still doesn't fit into your day, consider setting aside some time over the weekend to work out, or just do a physical activity you enjoy. It doesn't mean going to an expensive gym - swimming, walking, bike riding, or really any sport can burn energy, even done once or twice a week.
3.) Stress - This is one of the hardest things to avoid when considering your own weight loss program. And sometimes, it is unavoidable. The best thing to do is to set aside a little bit of time for yourself each day. It's not selfish, and it is reasonable. Do something you really enjoy - even if it is only for half an hour. When it comes down to it, you have to decide on something for yourself, because all those other commercial weight loss programs don't hold the answers for you alone.
So take a little time and think about eating right, exercising, and stress. There are certainly guidelines out there, but no definite answers. You're the only one that can provide thse guidelines for yourself. These three basics may not sound like an ultimate solution, but they are an ultimate beginning that every person who is serious about weight loss must consider.