Losing weight by doing what comes naturally

As a nation, we spend billions on the pills, potions, books, DVDs, gadgets and surgeries that promise super-fast weight loss.

Sorry, folks, but there is no magic bullet for weight loss. You can’t wave a magic wand and make the weight you’ve gained over the past several years vanish into thin air overnight.

You can try fad diets, pills or weight loss surgery, but those approaches come with risks. And most results aren’t long lasting — not even the surgery.

We’ve all seen the celebrities who’ve gone under the knife, had their stomachs stapled or belted, dropped weight fast, then slowly started adding back the pounds by not following the strict post-surgery guidelines.


The bottom line: All you gotta do is act naturally.

You need to eat a proper diet, get a little exercise and rewire your brain so you look at food in a different light.

Food is fuel. It powers our bodily functions and gives us the energy to handle our work — and to romp with our kids or grandkids after our work is over!


So how do you lose weight naturally?

You take in fewer calories than you burn. And you get off the couch and find time for some calorie-burning, metabolism-boosting activity.

The word diet doesn’t mean deprivation. According to Merriam-Webster online, diet is the “food and drink regularly provided or consumed.” In other words, it’s simply what we eat and drink.

If we eat the right amount of healthy foods — and we steer clear of junk foods, fast foods and convenience foods — we should be able to maintain a healthy weight.

With two-thirds of Americans overweight, we obviously fail at doing this. So the question remains, how can we lose weight naturally?

You can do a lot of online research or make an appointment with a registered dietitian. The information you glean from this will help you craft your own healthy, properly-portioned eating regimen. Or you can join MealPlanMap.com and let our user-friendly program do the heavy lifting for you.

Do this and you will lose weight naturally.

It’s totally common sense. Eat less, move more and retrain your brain so you see food as fuel and not a way to celebrate your joys or drown your sorrows.


John McGran has been writing about health and weight loss for several national companies since 2000. He brings his knowledge of diets — and his passion for dropping pounds — to Meal Plan Map because he believes it is the future of smart, stress-free eating and improved health.


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