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Secrets Of Successful Weight Loss

by Meri Raffetto

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. When 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


• 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 their hungry and stop when their


• 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.

About The Author: Owner of Real Living Nutrition Services, Meri

Raffetto is a recognized professional in the area of nutrition

and wellness. She specializes in weight management and

cardiovascular nutrition and offers online programs to help

people reach their health goals. For more information visit

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