Monday, July 25, 2011

Losing Weight Is A Hopeless Waste Of Time? Thats Bull@#$%

I am incensed!  Ticked, mad, whatever...  Read an online article from The Telegraph that pretty much said losing weight was a waste of time and people shouldn't even bother.  For the most part, the Author Stephen Adams references data from the UK science community that suggests that once you are middle-age, the pounds start to pile on and there is little you can do to reverse the trend.  Their work found that, while 12 million try a diet every year, only 10 per cent manage to lose a significant amount of weight. Of those of those that do, most will put it back on within a year.  Thus they conclude that trying to lose the weight and keeping it off is more or less a lost cause.  Instead they advocate focusing on preventing weight gain in younger people.

I agree that the statistics prove just how inept people are at losing weight and keeping it off.  But instead of just accepting the data, why don't people look deeper and determine what is driving those numbers.  It's actually pretty simple - the average person does all the wrong things when it comes to dropping pounds and keeping them off.  Just look at the Internet - its flooded with scams - yes scams - about losing weight.  People toss millions of dollars at every promise of quick and easy weight loss and end up losing nothing but their money.  So at the end of the day, very few people successfully lose weight and even fewer keep it off. 

Anything that sounds too good to be true usually is.  You want to know how to successfully lose weight?  Find people who did it on their own without any gimmicks (myself included) and they will all tell you the same thing: adopt a lifestyle change of healthier foods, smaller proportions and plenty of exercise to burn off what you take in.  Most of us didn't lose huge amounts every week either.  According to my Doctor a healthy weight loss would be no more than 2.5 pounds per week.

Nothing about losing 70 pounds and keeping it off (4 years now) was magic.  I discuss it on this site and in my book - common sense combined with a bit of science... no magic pills.  In addition, no icky short term diets and no dreaded workout sessions.  You can't go to extremes, you must develop programs you can live with and abide by forever.
Forget the naysayers!  Focus on reality, not hype and you too can be successful in the weight loss game.

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