For many people it is a daily struggle to lose weight or to maintain a healthy body weight. There are hundreds of diets out there that we can try to use to bring the weight down but they are often faddy diets that do not bring us anything like the response we need.

There is a clear distinction between the value of exercise and the value of diet. You will not lose all of that weight through exercise alone. You need to start thinking of the substances you are putting into your body, and choose your own calorie diet menus because the food and drink we partake in can lead to weight gain even if you are spending time at the gym every day.

Instead, we diet for a while and then get bored or just plain hungry. This leaves us with feelings of despair and low self-esteem. This article looks at the flipside of this, by suggesting that we can take on some simple weight loss strategies to really push our weight loss to the next level, but without too much hassle.

The first thing you should definitely include in your strategy is a promise to yourself that you will not be too aggressive in your pursuit of weight loss, at least not in the first few weeks anyway. Taking the whole thing way too seriously, and hitting the gym three times a day in the first week can really scupper your chance so staying motivated as the pain of regular workouts begins to kick in.

On top of that, it can also hurt you in the long term, with serious physical injuries being the result of pushing the human body too far. So don’t head down to the gym immediately and expect to spend a few weeks killing yourself. The best thing you can do is to start real slow. Try for just two workouts a week, at reasonable sensible intensity, so that you get into the flow of working out regularly.

You can only really do this well if you have spoken to your doctor and enquired about the level of exercise you should be taking and whether or not you should be extra careful. Some people rush headlong into an intense program, and end up having to quit after a few days due to injury or demotivation.When it comes to motivation, it is vital that you always set yourself realistic goals.

You need to make sure that the goals you set for weight loss match your potential and your current situation. It is pointless, for example, to set yourself the goal of losing half your bodyweight in three weeks if you don’t have the time to put in eight hours aday at the gym. Equally so, it is ridiculous to expect that you can achieve massive weight loss in a day.

You need to look at your goals as regards weight loss and see if they fit into your real world experience. If they do not, then there is no point in you setting goals like that. When things get tough, you need to start reminding yourself that you are doing all of this for a reason. This means referring back to an entry you may have made in a journal that just really summed up the fact that you hated the way you looked, for example.

Or it may involve you having an ‘exercise buddy’ like a member ofthe family, who can keep telling you that you are trying to get fit for a reason, and that you need to get back on track. Losing weight is no walk in the park, and you need to make sure that you are constantly reminded of those strong, powerful reasons why you started this particular journey in the first place. If this is not something you can keep doing, you will soon find yourself falling by the wayside.

Real weight loss comes from the diet we have. If we change the diet we can expect subsequent changes in our body weight. This is a natural fact and makes us what we are as human beings. So always go to the diet first when you are making plans to lose weight in the long term. Try the above strategies and ideas and they will help to make it easier to lose weight in the long term.