Most people diet to lose weight and the simple fact is that when the diet is over, the weight comes back.  that's why the answers to those two questions are so important.  There's really only two ways to lose weight, but your success will depend heavily on how committed you are to losing those unwanted pounds and how willing you are to the time and effort it takes.

What's The Easiest Way To Lose Weight?

Consider why you want to lose weight.  Most reasons are good enough, but it goes back to the commitment and willingness Sometimes, the desperation to lose is driven by the media, celebrities,  supplement manufacturers and maybe even the cosmetics industry. They have one ultimate goal and that's to separate you from some of your money.  They want to benefit from your dissatisfaction or insecurity about you look and how much you weigh.

The only ways to lose weight is to eat less or exercise more.  Every successful program uses one of those two methods or both.  Read the fine print. A program of healthy eating and exercise is always part of the deal if you want long lasting results.

Most people could lose as much weight as they want by making some small changes in their lifestyle.  To help you get started, here are five small lifestyle changes you can make to help you lose weight, get fit and live healthy.

Five Easy Habits To Help You Lose Weight

Habit # 1. Eat at least one healthy meal a day.

By eating just one healthy meal each day that consists mainly of fruits and vegetables, supplemented with whole grain products, and lean meats for good protein. Try getting in one healthy meal every day, even if most of your meals end up being fast or processed foods.   You'll feed your body enough good nutrition and healthy proteins to help you avoid feeling hungry and lose some weight.

The key to losing and maintaining weight is to watch how much you eat, not what you eat. If food is healthy, it usually won’t contain a lot of empty calories and won’t cause the same weight gain that you can see when you eat junk food or highly processed food. Eating a lot is a habit, but you have to control your portions. The key is to eat until you’re satisfied, not until you’re full.

Habit # 2. Drink a glass of water before each meal.

Plain water may be the best liquid you can drink. Almost everything else contains sugar or other empty calories. When you make a habit of drinking water before eating, (8-ounces is enough), you'll feel fuller before eating, and you won’t tempted to eat as much during the meal.

Habit # 3. Be more active eating your lunch.

People usually make lunch a fairly quick event. Make a habit of eating your meals and then doing something that could be considered exercise. Even if you only have a half-hour to eat you should be able to take a brisk five or ten minute walk. You’ll benefit from additional energy and it will help burn off some of the calories you just ate. It may even help you digest your food.

I like to do about five minutes of power walking at a heart rate of about 140, but the good thing is that it really doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do. Choose something reasonable easy that will help you feel better after eating your lunch.  And how about this, exercising during lunch may help decrease the stress of your job and will make the rest of your day go easier.

Habit # 4. Try a meal replacement bar as a snack.

Make a habit of having a healthy protein bar as a snack instead of regular junk foods such as chips or cookies. Most meal replacement bars have a lot of good nutrition and fiber and they don’t have to be calorie-rich. Find some you like and use them help stave off hunger pangs that are so typical in the mid-afternoon.

I keep a stash of granola bars in my desk and snack on them when I feel hungry or want an energy boost. Meal replacement bars will keep you from making bad food choices at the vending machines and will save you a ton of money. For the best bang, eat a meal replacement bar high in fiber and with at least 10 to 15 grams of protein.

Habit # 5. Exercise regularly.

Make a habit of exercising regularly at least three or four time a week.  If you have a gym membership or exercise equipment available, use it at least 3-4 times every week.  If you don’t, choose an activity you enjoy or some body weight exercises and make the most of it three or four times a week. 

For the best results, try to exercise at least a half hour per session. Remember that old commercial, thirty minutes a day, three days a week. It really works. Exercise helps energize you, may build muscle mass, and will help you lose weight by burning off excess calories.

These five habits may seem easy, but it takes time to change habits that make your lifestyle what it is.  So don't expect changes overnight, give it a couple of weeks or even a month to make the changes permanent. then you'll see the results you want.