A friend once told me that they had discovered a foolproof way to stay thin: "Don't gain weight," he said, laughing. For many men and women who struggle with excess weight or body fat, it can seem as though just one minor change, whether that's a decrease in activity level or an extra night of takeout a week, is the catalyst for a cycle of weight gain that they can't break free from. Unfortunately, losing the weight never seems to be quite as easy as it was to put it on.
When people come to me looking for weight loss advice, I'm forthright about the fact that there's no magic pill or fast solution that works for everyone. What does work, however, is staying active, and eating the right foods. While adding a few salads to your diet won't melt off the pounds, consuming foods that make you feel full for longer, stoke your metabolism, and prevent mindless eating can make getting the body you've always wanted feel like an adventure, not a chore. Instead of mourning all the things you're giving up when you're trying to lose weight, think of the delicious, obesity-fighting foods you get to add to your diet.