Weight Loss Success Stories

Most weight loss success stories sound pretty much the same. The stories all tell of people losing incredible amounts of weight in short periods of time using some new and crazy diet.

But the question you really want to ask is: Did the Weight Stay Off?

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Everyone reading this page has probably lost weight (maybe even a lot of weight), but the reason why you are here today is because you are looking for a weight loss success story where people take weight off and they actually keep it off.

Let’s face it, the only weight loss success story you really want to hear about is yours.

What Works and What doesn’t

After reviewing and experimenting with hundreds of diets in thousands of people, I can tell you something that may surprise you: All Diets Work – from Akins, to South Beach, The Hollywood Diet, The Cabbage Soup Diet, Master Cleanse, yes, even the Grapefruit diet… they all work.

The question is which of these diets work in the long-term? Which of these diets can people lose weight and keep it off?

I have two standards for deciding if a diet works in the long-term.

  • The first is can people actually do the diet long-term? When I ask this question of the above diets, most fail. It is hard to eat only bacon and butter (so Atkins and South Beach are out), likewise Master Cleanse, Cabbage and Grapefruit diets can only be done short-term. And as far as I can figure out, the Hollywood diet is just a “sell you another product” diet and no one has the money to keep doing that very long.
  • The second question I ask is: are you healthier on the diet? Most diets give the appearance of health (you lose a little weight), but they don’t address the question of how you are going to live the rest of your life.

What’s Left?

After much experimenting I can tell you that the only long-term weight loss success stories come from people who make a life change, they change the way that they are eating and living their lives. They realize that their weight gain is a product of the environment that they live in and that going on a short-term diet does nothing because as soon as they are off the diet and back to eating what they normally eat, the weight comes right back. The problem with weight gain is the way that we live our lives and our lives have to change if we are going to lose weight.

Here are the elements of that life change:

  • Exercise: A successful diet is one that starts with exercise. Start easy and you should commit time to your effort (at least 30-40 minutes a day). There is a specific way to exercise for weight loss, check out this post: Exercise for weight loss.
  • Vegetables: You have to eat more vegetables. I suggest eating as many vegetables as you can.
  • Fat and Protein: I think humans should eat fats and proteins; they don’t contribute to weight gain (even though you have been told they do).
  • Sugar: You got to kick sugar and the foods that act like sugar (including grains a fruits). Check out my program for kicking sugar: 30 Sugar Free Days.
  • Diary: Dairy foods are some of the worst foods you can eat if you want to lose weight. Drop the dairy and drop the weight.

Remember, if you want to lose weight you are going to have to change the way that you are living. Your own personal weight loss success story comes from realizing where you are and where you want to be and making steps towards that every day.

About the Author

I'm Dr. Scott Olson ND. I'm a Naturopathic doctor who specializes in diet, health, nutrition, and alternative medicine. I've written numerous books and articles on health, medicine, and alternative medicine I want to help you get healthy! Take a look at my blog and make sure you join in the conversation!

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  1. Doug October 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Great article, I have my own success story with no “crazy” diet plans or pills did it all natural and have managed to keep it off.

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