It is safe to say that majority of us are unsatisfied with our weight and the way our overall body looks. You can blame media for propagating the body ideal, however, at the end of the day, we are the ones who follow and perpetuate it. We want to have lean bodies with no visible stomach rolls, a sculpted jawline and so on. So, there are a lot of extreme diets and trends that arose overtime, all of them ranging from small changes to more extreme trends and diets.

If you look at diets like the military diet or the mono diet, you have to eat a very fixed menu involving a very restricted diet, or like in the case of mono diet, you end up restricting yourself to only one specific food item for a set number of days. Then you have cleanses like the juice or soup cleanse which are supposed to “flush your body’s toxins.” However, at the end of the day, these diets are just fads that make you lose water weight at most.

There is a proper way to lose weight, and it isn’t one that requires you to buy exercise equipment or other fancy multivitamins and pills, in fact, it is relatively simple. All you have to do is make a proper balance between the amount of calories you consume and the amount you burn. You don’t just have to reduce your meals, you also have to change the quality of them, like exchanging extra carbs with fiber and so on. Small meals throughout the day will keep you full and your body running as well. Exercise, especially regular exercise of any kind is also important. You may not see results as quickly, but they will become noticeable in a few weeks and you will feel good as well.