Do you believe that weight loss simply comes down to common sense? Is your opinion of specialized diets and diet aids that they are a waste of money? Do you think that if you simply eat less and exercise more that you will lose weight?

While I do agree that fad diets and diet pills are a waste of money, I do think that there is something to be said for educating yourself on nutrition, food additives, the processed and fast food industries, and food addiction.

Common sense will tell you that fast food isn’t healthy for you, but if you have no awareness that you can become addicted to that food because of the ingredients, then you may get stuck in a cycle of wanting to stop eating it, while being unable to do so. Education will help to raise your consciousness and help you realize that it’s not that you don’t have self-control, but rather that you are driven by a physical addiction.

Common sense also tells you that if you eat only when you are hungry and stop when you are full that you can not only lose weight, but also maintain your weight. However, if the foods you are eating are low in nutrition or are foods that you are addicted to, you will not be experiencing the highest level of health possible. Being thin does not necessarily mean that you are in excellent health.

You might think it is common sense that if you eat less and exercise more then you will lose weight, simple as that. I used to think this myself, however I have since learned that you must eat to lose weight so that your body does not go into starvation mode and begin storing everything that you eat when you eventually do eat. I’ve also learned that the quality of exercise matters more in regards to how effective they will be, rather than the quantity of time spent (more on these topics in future articles).

These are just some thoughts to give you today to possibly shake up your current idea of weight loss and weight management. What do you think? Is weight loss really all about common sense?