Go Low-Fat to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

Lose weight and gain it all back. If you know what that's like you're not alone. The vast majority of people who lose weight, gain it back, according to a recent study. It's possible to lose weight by following a fad diet, restricting calories, or combining dieting with exercise.

But what happens when you give up on dieting and tire of exercising? Most people go back to their old ways, resume eating too much, and skip out on physical activity. And it tips the scale in the wrong direction.

Is there anything you can do to stop the yo-yo cycle of weight loss and weight gain? Yes. Instead of trying to stick to the latest diet craze for a few weeks or a few months, go low-carb, or even take diet pills and weight loss supplements, try this. Eat a low-fat diet and fewer foods high on the Glycemic Index  (it's a way to measure how fast certain foods increase blood sugar levels).

In a recent study, researchers found that adopting a low-fat diet and reducing Glycemic load after achieving weight loss worked better as a weight management strategy to prevent weight gain than following a low-carb diet.

So does that mean you need to hire a gourmet chef and nutritionist to follow you around every day and cook-up healthy meals? It's probably cost-prohibitive for most people. But there's an easy and affordable way to still eat healthy. Check out the selection of Portion Control meals with just the right amount of calories and macronutrients (protein, carbs, fats) per serving. You'll find great choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are both low-fat and are made with foods that have a lower Glycemic load.

But don't stop at healthy eating if you want to lose weight and keep it off. A healthy weight loss and weight management plan should also include regular exercise. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity a day. Go for a walk, jog or run. Swim laps, take a fitness class, or finally put that treadmill or stationary bike to good use. Combining healthy eating and regular exercise is the best way to burn of excess calories and fat, and keep it that way.