“Dieting” has become a way of life for so many that it is no surprise that the weight loss is a multi-billion dollar industry always throwing out the newest, latest and greatest diet scheme to take off the excess pounds.
These weight loss plans and fad diets are both harmful and useless for our weight loss agenda. They may seem to work for a little while, only to bring the weight back and more than when we started.
So, how do succeed to lose the weight for good AND keep it off?
- the weight loss struggle
- the “Yo-Yo Diet” horror show (part-2)
- how to start eliminating the diet mind set and also review a highly recommended publication to steer people in the right direction and find the appropiate solution and advice to manage their excess weight (part-3).
In order to lose weight AND keep it off permanently we must change our mindset completely and hence our lifestyle. Instead of “dieting” for the sake of losing, we should change our lifestyle for the sake of gaining.
It is proven that those who lose even the slightest bit of weight receive benefits. According to the Centers For Disease Control, even a modest loss of 5% to 10% of body weight can result in significant health benefits, including lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars and a lower risk for heart disease.
It is time to take back our lives and our minds that are held captive by dieting and instead enjoy a lifestyle change that will make all the difference and finally help us to enjoy all the benefits that permanent weight loss brings to the body, mind, and spirit.
For a lot of the population, losing weight can prove to be difficult. You may have struggled to lose 100 pounds, 50 pounds or just 20, but wherever you are, it is important to understand you are not alone. For many, losing weight proves easier than actually keeping it off permanently, which is actually the determining factor of success in weight loss.
Obesity rates in the United States are at epidemic levels. The Centers For Disease Control report that more than 1/3 of US adults are obese, which equates to 34.9% of the population or 78.6 million adults.
Children are not exempt as childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in the past 30 years. In 2012, more than 1/3 of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
Researches hypothesize that processed food, increased stress, and unhealthy lifestyle choices play a key role in the mass numbers of the overweight. The weight loss struggle describes how people struggle with healthy permanent weight loss. One of the main elements that adds to this struggle is the mass amounts of crash and fad diets that promise fast weight loss.
If your ultimate goal is to lose weight to be healthier and keep it off then a short-term fix is not for you. Instead, you need to learn and practice Weight Management, which is never accomplished in three days’ time and is the underlying principle of our Borromeo 6-week course.
Here are some of the reasons you may be feeling the weight loss struggle :
- The Temporary Mindset : One of the reasons that the typical “diets” fail is that they are temporary conditions, hence phrases like “I am getting on a diet,” or “I just got off a diet.” Permanent weight loss is the opposite, it is not a temporary state, and so it cannot be achieved with temporary solutions.
- You’re Not Balanced : You may find yourself avoiding some food altogether as your crash diet says, thinking it will aid you in the process. However, this is not the case. Your body needs all food groups in their own right to stay healthy and therefore manage your weight.
- Lack of Knowledge : Many simply do not understand what it means to live a healthy lifestyle, which includes, what to eat, and how to expend calories.
These are only a few. You can see that being stuck within this struggle can cause bad habits and bad experiences. You can become burned out and completely unmotivated with each new attempt at weight loss. These struggles become habitual. Soon, you find yourself stuck within a lifestyle that is damaging to your health. This is known as yo-yo-dieting which will be discussed in Part 2.