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Key Factors For Natural Weight Loss Success

By: Dr. George Best

While it would be nice if there were a "magic pill" that could bring about natural weight loss, the fact of the matter is that effective weight loss simply must include a combination of approaches that includes diet and exercise. Combining good eating habits with appropriate exercise and safe weight loss aids provides the greatest chance for weight loss success.

There are numerous natural weight loss products on the market, and more seem to pop up every day. Each promises to be nearly miraculous in it's effects and people buy the latest and greatest weight loss aid with eager anticipation, hoping that it will finally be the answer to their weight problems. They want to believe that a pill, or a patch, or a tea, etc.. will be all they need to lose weight and that diet and exercise won't be necessary (because dieting and exercising are difficult). Even though deep down they probably know that the latest weight loss miracle being hyped is no better than all the things they've tried before, they want to believe it will work, and so they buy it, only to be disappointed again.

Not all natural weight loss products are bad. The truth is, quite a number of them actually do have the effects they are promoted as having. One example of this is the much touted hoodia. Hoodia, at least real hoodia (some products contain little to none of the actual plant) is documented to suppress appetite quite effectively. The problem is that very few people overeat or eat too much of the wrong foods because they are actually hungry. People will overeat because it's something to do, or because it serves some emotional need, but rarely do they overeat because of actual hunger. So unless you happen to have a problem with excesive hunger, an appetite suppressant like hoodia probably won't do much for you.

Other natural weight loss aids may work by increasing the metabolic effects of diet and exercise. Well, if you aren't doing any kind of consistent diet and exercise program, the benefits of such products will be minimal at best.

Some products supposedly produce natural weight loss by preventing the body from absorbing the fat in the food you eat. Although fat-blocking products can produce some weight loss, any food you eat in excess will be converted to fat in the body, whether or not your fat absorption is blocked in the digestive tract. Again we return to sensible diet and exercise as the only dependable means to effective natural weight loss.

For natural weight loss, it is clear that diet and exercise must be part of the overall program. No weight loss aid by itself can replace healthy eating and increased activity. Even the hype-intensive ads for weight loss aids make this point, although it is usually hidden in the fine print.

Although diet and exercise are undoubtedly the fundamental requirements for natural weight loss, you may find certain weight loss aids helpful. The main thing is to choose such products on the basis of how well the reported effects of such products suit your needs. For instance, if you're already eating a diet low in fat, it doesn't make much sense to purchase a fat-blocking supplement.

Once you have your natural weight loss plan figured out in terms of your eating plan, your exercise routine, and your choice of weight loss products, there's just one thing that needs to be done. You need to be able to stay on the program consistently over the long-term! The number one problem with most weight loss plans is that people don't stick to the plan consistently long enough to get lasting results.

I have observed over the years that many people start weight loss programs but fail to stick to them for very long. Certainly, many people work on losing weight for long periods of time, but few are consistent with their efforts and fail to really stick to their programs for more than a week or two at a time. This lack of consistency ultimately results in the failure of most people to lose weight long-term.

New research that compared the effectiveness of various popular diet plans came upon an interesting discovery. Most diet plans have about the same success rate statistically. Whether or not a diet works actually has little to do with the rules of the diet itself. The researchers found that that all diets were about equally effective and the success or failure in losing weight was mainly dependent on how well the participants followed whatever program they were on. The message here is pretty clear - it doesn't matter what diet you follow (assuming it's halfway healthy of course!) as much as it matters how well you follow it!

Since sticking with a natural weight loss plan is the key to success, it would likely be beneficial to investigate various methods for getting control of your mind and emotions. I include several of the most effective of these techniques in my E-Book, "Training Your Brain For Weight Loss". Other resources include Anthony Robbins, Dr. Phil McGraw, Emotional Freedom Technique, Neurolinguistic Programming, and self-hypnosis.

Ultimately, the key to succeeding with a natural weight loss plan is to take a combination approach that includes diet, exercise, any weight loss products that meet your specific needs, and make your program a part of your daily lifestyle. The way to be make your program something you consistently stick with long-term is to take control of your mind and emotions so that your brain works with rather than against your weight loss efforts.

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