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So many people try diets but only a few of those people get the results that they have been hoping for. If you're one of the people who fails, does that mean that you chose the wrong diet? This may be the case, or it could be that you didn't stick with it long enough, or that you approached it in the wrong way. In this article, we'll be looking at some general principles that can help you no matter what diet you're on.

Do not believe anything or anybody that promises that it is possible to lose weight without doing any exercise. Some diets might suggest or say this because the person who puts it together knows that other people really want to believe it--even if it isn't actually true. The fact is that you aren't likely to lose even a little bit of weight if you do not do at least a little bit of exercise. There are starvation diets out there that will leave you feeling too weak to exercise and might allow you to temporarily lose weight but you won't be able to maintain this weight loss for very long. You'll be a lot better off after you've accepted that working out is part of the weight loss equation and stop avoiding it.

When it comes to dieting, one area in which more people get deceived than they should and that has to do with the idea that you can lose weight fast. Diets that promise you can lose a lot of weight in a week or two are either being dishonest or they're trying to get you to starve yourself, in which case you can be sure the weight loss will be temporary. The very best way to lose weight is to do so slowly and steadily so that your body can adjust to the changes that were made in a healthful way. This is what helps you sustain and make permanent any weight loss you achieve. You can save yourself so much grief just by avoiding diets that make terrible promises.

Portion sizes often trip up dieters; remember, it isn't just what you eat but how much of it you eat that affects your weight loss. Whether you are eating your own food or eating in a restaurant, this is going to be a problem. Eating whatever portion is placed in front of you is totally normal. When you were young your parents probably even told you to finish what was on your plate and for growing children this is a good thing. As an adult whose trying to lose weight, however, it can make things difficult. It's important to serve yourself smaller portions then. If somebody else is serving you, you should ask them politely to serve a smaller size to you. If you're in a restaurant that is notorious for serving large portions, do not let your pride keep you from ordering off the children's menu or ask the server to wrap up half of your portion so you can take it home with you. You can find more success with your diet in many ways. If you keep these tips in mind you should find it a lot easier to avoid some of the problems often associated with dieting. It's important to remember that the people who are good at dieting understand what is involved in making long term changes to your habits when you really want to lose weight.

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