According to a survey conducted by Australian Bureau of statistics in 2011 obesity has no signs of slowing down and there is increasing evidence that diets alone don’t work. As weight loss expert and health mentor Sally Symonds says ‘The medical evidence is overwhelming that a history of dieting is one of the strongest predictors of future weight gain. People are dieting themselves fatter and fatter. Everyone is obsessed with the fastest way of losing weight.’ Everyone thinks that the fastest way to lose weight is to lose it all at one and then to never do it again. Most people have tried so many quick fix and magic pill weight loss plans and programs that they have almost lost confidence in their ability to lose weight and keep it off.
Being overweight is not only become an aesthetic issue but also a confidence crisis than anything else. Most people end up blaming themselves for their inability to lose weight and keep it off when in most parts it might not even be their fault. The first thing you should do if you have been unsuccessful in losing weight in the past is to stop blaming yourself. Some experts even recommend that you should see your doctor in order to get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked before embarking on a weight loss program.
One of the key things you can do is to understand and find out what is an acceptable amount of weight to lose. Evidence shows that people aiming to shed about 10% of their present weight do actually shed about 7 to 8% of their weight over a six month period. This is because trying to lose 10% is a realistic goal and people know they can achieve it. If you do lose about 10 % of your starting body weight and manage to keep it off for the next two years, you reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by half. Lisa Ren, accredited practicing dietician recommends that you should look at longer term solutions to losing weight in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Teaming up with local dieticians and having a good fitness instructor to help you select a good exercise regime would be the start of a longer term solution.
Unless you have thought out of what exactly you’re going to do and plan out your weight loss program it’s likely that weight will come back on. Most people who go into a weight loss program tend to get easily de-motivated because they tend to go too hard too fast. Studies have shown that a stepped up approach is a lot more effective than a “all or nothing approach and probably even more effective if you have tried and failed the “all or nothing” approach a few times. Most people who have made weight loss as their lifestyle approach have generally used the step by step process. A step by step approach also gives you the advantage that you can constantly be able to shock your body with something new and thus reduce the likelihood of reaching a plateau, becoming demotivated and abandoning your healthy life journey. The importance given here is to focus on changing habits rather than changing the weight on scales because if you change your habits you will change your weight for ever.