Our world is getting fatter. The typical diet that is eaten in the developed world was appropriate for a time when work involved a much greater degree of physical activity than is currently the case. For many of us the most physical thing we do each day is commute between our home and workplace. This is not nearly enough activity to burn the calories we consume and consequently we get fatter. The most popular way to deal with this is to go on a diet and restrict our calorie intake.
A whole weight loss industry has grown to help people slim their bodies. Many people even go on fad diets that restrict the consumption of whole food groups though it must be warned that there are significant health risks and you should take high quality supplements or go on an effective diet plan such as banting diet to make sure you get the important nutrients your body needs. The problem is that losing weight is relatively easy but keeping it off is extremely difficult.
Over 90% of people who diet to lose weight gain it all back within 1 to 5 years. This does not stop over 50% of Americans being on some sort of diet at any one time. It would seem that half the population is starving themselves while the other half is stuffing themselves after having come off a diet. It is no surprise then that Americans spend over $60 Billion every year on weight loss. Given these statistics you could be forgiven for thinking that there is no point in trying to control your weight.
There are however real health benefits in reducing obesity as well as real benefits both socially and psychologically to feeling better about yourself. Not to mention unconscious bias that leads to people who are obese being treated worse than slim people and being less likely to be hired when they are competing for employment. So what should you do?
The simple truth is that for you to take control over your body will require real lifestyle changes. There is no magic bullet or pill or secret food that can help you lose weight and keep it off. You will need to change how you live permanently if you want the weight loss to be permanent. You will need to begin consuming less calories or burning more or preferably both if you want to lose weight and you will need to do that in a way that you can stay with to keep it off. The key to living with it is moderation.
Cutting calories can be as simple as excluding sugar from your diet. Most people have no idea how much sugar they are consuming everyday through eating packaged foods. Start by stop putting it in your coffee or tea and avoiding soft drinks that contain sugar. Follow that up with eating more fruit, vegetables and meat that were cooked from scratch. All those sugar calories are empty calories with no nutritional value. Do it right and you will have no problem staying with your new healthier eating lifestyle.