Why is it so hard to lose weight and keep it off?
Yes, you can blame fast food, supersized portions, advertising of high-caloric manufactured foods and a more sedentary lifestyle. And it’s true that your genes and biology may conspire against your dieting efforts.
But what’s most important is how much food you eat and and how much exercise you get. The cornerstone of any successful weight-loss program must include a commitment to decrease the calories you take in and increase the calories you burn.
Most people underestimate their caloric intake and overestimate their physical activity. But studies have shown that people who keep accurate records of their diet and exercise are more successful at losing weight and maintaining the loss.
So as you sit at the dinner table tonight, ask yourself these two simple questions: Are you overweight or obese? Do you have a smart phone?
If the answer to both questions is yes, then you have an effective weight-loss tool at your fingertips. With your smart phone, you can download free apps that take the guesswork out of losing weight. (There are also apps you can buy, and many free apps can be upgraded for a fee....