Exercise and nutrition for weight loss go hand in hand when working towards your fitness and nutritional goals. You can exercise all you want, but if you do not change your eating habits you will not see a change in body fat reduction. On the other side, crash dieting, eliminating food groups, skipping meals or severely restricting caloric intake will cause you to drop weight very quickly but gain it back once you start to eat normally again. The key to reaching your goal and maintaining your new healthy body weight is to learn proper nutrition.
It has been proven that starving yourself or denying yourself food will only cause you to binge later. Fad diets do not work in the long term. You may reach your weight goal, but you will not be able to maintain that goal as you have not taught yourself proper eating and nutrition.
Your body requries fuel to run properly. You need protein, complex carbs, fiber and healthy fats for healthy weight loss. Eliminate, or greatly reduce intake of white sugar, white flour, fast food and large portions and stick to lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
Trying to create a healthy nutritional plan on your own can be daunting. Every day you are inundated with infomercials, talk shows, commercials and internet all yelling at you that this is the diet that works or this is the pill that works! All these products and diets are quick fixes and many people find themselves on the hamster wheel of yo-yo dieting. Obtaining your weight loss goals will take time and work. You did not gain weight overnight, you will not lose the weight overnight.