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The 3 Secrets to Every Effective Diet Every honest diet plan is effective for three basic secrets to weight loss. Surgery is surprisingly missing from that list too. The secrets to losing weight are as follows: a balanced diet, reduced eating, and conscious exercise. It sounds too simple to be true. And yet, the simplest answer is the best one in this case. Many of the diet plans out there champion some or all of these principles combined, and that’s why they are successful. Think about every diet plan you’ve heard of. See how they essentially ask for the same things? It’s not a secret why. These three secrets are the best way to lose weight naturally; here’s why.

Balance Above All Else First up is to eat a balanced diet. This is a major key to success. Your body was built to run off of a multitude of vitamins and minerals. When your body has its needs in each mineral it functions at its most efficient level. Bodily efficiency influences how fast you digest foods as well as how well you burn fats. Each mineral and vitamin is provided by a different natural element, e.g. meats, dairy, plants, vegetables, carbohydrates, and even sugar. Your body works best when these minerals and vitamins are balanced. The key to balancing your mineral and vitamin intake is to carefully plan what you eat. A good tool to follow is the food pyramid, which suggests you intake 6-11 servings of carbohydrates, 3-5 servings of vegetables, 2-4 servings of fruits, 2-3 servings each of dairy and meats, and sparingly intake fats, oils and sweets. Many of the diet programs will champion varying amounts of each food group as well. Popular diets work because they hit the basic vitamins and minerals your body needs to run efficiently. A balanced diet alone won’t fix the problem as you can still overeat.


Without weight loss surgery, your body will never be able to work off all of that extra fat without an adjustment in portion sizes. Hence, if you eat less you intake fewer fats that will build up what your body is trying to work off. This is where controlled portion sizes come into play. One of the reasons people don’t finish diet plans is because they don’t feel satisfied in the first weeks. Dieters give up early because they’re still hungry after a meal. The diet won’t work though if the dieter gives in to the hunger.

Balance isn’t Malnourishment That being said, a good diet isn’t malnourishing. Indeed you still get the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals every day. You just remove the excess food from the equation. But just removing food isn’t always the answer to quick weight loss. Conscious exercise has to be in the equation too to burn off the fat already there. Conscious exercise is more than just going to the gym two times a week. Conscious exercise is a lifestyle change that incorporates every kind of exercise into your daily routine. Of course you traditionally hit the gym, but you also walk as often as possible. You find excuses to be outdoors and on the move. You take the long way instead of the shortcut. Conscious exercise is living a life looking for excuses to move, not excuses to rest. That kind of exercise helps you increase your metabolism and burn away the excess pounds. These are the three secrets to the success of any diet plan. In a majority of cases, the reason a plan involving these three elements doesn’t work is because the dieter isn’t willing to follow the diet to the “t.” Photo Credit: Paco CT, Sarah R, epSos .de


The 3 Secrets to Every Effective Diet