The new year is approaching, and everyone that wants to lose weight will begin to think of their resolutions. Some people will get gym memberships, others will try the latest fad diets. Instead of diets, you have to remember that true, sustainable weight loss only comes from lifestyle changes.
To achieve your weight loss goal, I think you need other goals too. You know what helped me lose the weight? I didn't only concentrate on the weight as I was trying to find foods to lower my blood pressure. I was on a mission to not be on hypertensive medication and I changed my diet because of it. The result was weight loss! Of course I knew I needed to lose weight… my doctor told me to lose 90 pounds, after all. But I don't think I would have made all the necessary dietary changes if it weren't for the other goal of lowering my blood pressure.
The pre-hypertension also forced me to read food labels. Eventually, it becomes a lifestyle change as I no longer wanted to eat the bad foods that caused the prehypertension in the first place.
So if you have other conditions that you're worried about, try to focus on those goals too. For example, let's say you know someone who is pre-diabetic and overweight. They want to reverse the trend of the diabetes and get back to health. In order to do this, major dietary changes are necessary. They need to focus on cutting out all candy, maybe give up other sugary foods. In the process, they will be helping another goal, the weight loss!
Need to lower your cholesterol and lose weight? Try cutting out red meat, or bacon, or whatever you research that will help improve your cholesterol readings. As you eat healthier foods, your weight will come off too.
The weight loss goal is sometimes too much to look at, especially if there's so much weight to lose. But diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol are usually problems associated with obesity as well. If you are in the danger zone with any of these conditions, making the necessary lifestyle changes to improve those conditions will also help you reach your weight goals.