Many people who go on crash diets find that they will lose lots of weight in the first week or two but then hit what is called a plateau. Once they reach this plateau they will find that they just can’t lose weight anymore, no matter how little they eat or how much they exercise. This can cause a lot of people to get discouraged, and for good reason, and they will most likely abandon their diets altogether. That is why we see so much rebounding and yo-yo effect from dieters losing weight and then gaining it back. Advanced weight loss methods are required to counter this problem.
Medical experts agree that losing and gaining weight repeatedly is actually much worse for your health than just staying overweight in the first place. When people lose weight rapidly they tend to lose muscle mass and this can lead to severe problems if repeated too often. Many complications can arise and you need to learn to avoid this type of behavior. Unfortunately there is so much literature and information out there that sometimes it can become overwhelming. The best type of advanced weight loss programs are those that are simple and easy to follow.
The less complicated that an advanced weight loss program is the more likely it is that the overweight person will stick to it in the long run. And that is what you want in a diet or combined diet and exercise program (ideal): something that you can do for the rest of your life. Fitness experts and diet gurus all agree that a lifestyle change is what will bring the greatest and longest lasting advanced weight loss results. But there is an even simpler formula that you can follow that has worked for millions of people and it involves a simple strategy of repetition.
Repetition is what creates habits, both good and bad. If you eat chocolate ice cream every night before you go to bed we all know what will happen and we also know that is a very bad habit. Conversely, if you do something, anything at all, for twenty two days straight, the habit is set and that is what you will do naturally. This law of repetition for 22 days straight is an old formula and I don’t remember who came up with it. I believe it first appeared in print with the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Hill was an apprentice of Dale Carnegie who wrote “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, one of the very first self improvement books ever published.
This simple formula works but it does take some effort, especially in the beginning, but then again when you start to plateau in your weight loss efforts. Apply the formula to your everyday life. For twenty two straight days, eat no sugar. For twenty two straight days, avoid saturated fats. For twenty two straight days, exercise at least thirty minutes each day. These will become habits by force of repetition and your advanced weight loss goals will begin to become reality.