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Millions of people go on fad diets every year hoping to lose weight. They try low-carb diets, low-fat diets, protein diets, juicing diets, and even diets that limit them to one food group, such as the grapefruit diet. While some actually do lose weight, unfortunately, most will not only regain the weight they lost, but also gain additional pounds. Sadly, there really is no quick fix. If the cause of the weight gain is not addressed then the problem will continue to exist. The good news is, achieving a healthier lifestyle is not as difficult as one might think. By following these steps you will gain lasting results. The first and most important step is to write down your goals. Too often this step is rushed, or even overlooked completely. The second step is to put your plan in motion slowly. Most fad diets require extreme changes virtually overnight. By tapering into a healthier lifestyle you will improve your chances of success greatly. The third step is to make fitness fun. More times than not, working out is a chore that many people dread.

To start, get a pen and some paper and write down specifically what you would like to achieve. The next part is critical, yet many of us put little to no thought into it. Map out a detailed route to your goal. Just like going on a road trip, it’s important to map out the best way to reach your destination. Write down step-by-step how you plan to reach your goal. However, just like during a real road trip there will be roadblocks and detours in which a “Plan B” might be essential. For example, an alternative plan to a road trip gone wrong could be to find a local hiking or biking trail that could be used in case your “Plan A” wasn’t working. While planning, be sure to include weekly goals that are small and simple. Remember that success isn’t one big step, it’s an accumulation of many small steps.

A good goal to start with is to replace sugary drinks, such as soda, energy drinks and sports drinks, with water. Keep on tapering down until you are drinking only water. Continue to make small changes in your daily and weekly diet. Each week, take time to reflect on your goals and the progress you have made. If you have accomplished a goal, reward yourself. I recommend my clients buy new workout gear or attire to help keep the inspiration alive. If you haven’t managed to accomplish your goals, don’t be discouraged, simply reevaluate and find ways to improve your plan. If you did try to replace sodas with water and didn’t get very far, try drinking tea or lemonade instead. Being flexible is important—you must be able to adapt and adjust in order to make continual progress.

Last but not least is the task of incorporating a fun workout into your busy schedule. The key word here is fun. If working out is enjoyable, then you are much more likely to remain constant. Being active is also a great way to help reduce stress and improve sleep, so get out there and pursue different activities until you discover something that is pleasurable and exciting. One suggestion is to try spinning classes, which generally feature upbeat music and even some catchy dance moves on the bikes. Cardio workouts burn fat and speed up your metabolism, and this makes your body work more efficiently and reduces your risk of contracting many diseases. But the benefits don’t end there; performing a cardio workout regularly also produces more mitochondria, which results in higher overall energy levels throughout the day. A cardio workout, like indoor cycling or spinning, also helps to tone and strengthen your leg muscles as well as your lower back and abdominal muscles. And, last but not least, cycling provides a low-impact workout, which means you aren’t punishing your joints with jarring movements while you exercise.

There are countless ways to get fit, and what works great for one person may not work at all for someone else. The secret is to design a healthy lifestyle you love, eat healthy foods you like and do workouts that you enjoy. Be sure to do your planning, write down your smaller goals and work on them weekly. It’s important to have a plan and stick to it; however, keep it small. If you are trying to change your entire diet and start a workout plan in the same week, chances are you will be overwhelmed. Your body may even go into a state of shock, which will most likely result in weight gain as well as other negative effects. Keep this in mind while you are mapping out your journey. I recommend working on eating better during the first week or two, and then slowly incorporating a workout routine. This will be the best way to achieve lasting results.