I hear something similar to this at least once a month. “Hey, have you heard of the new cave-man, vegan, half-protein, partial lard, candy-corn, milk-steak diet? My sister started it last month and has lost about 35 pounds with no end in site.” Diet products are a multi-billion-dollar business that plays to the desire of individuals to lose weight without doing that much work. They offer you a fast track to dropping the pounds through structure and promised results. The problem is, they just don’t work.
However, there is hope and I am going to share the secret that those hundred-dollar diet books don’t want you to know. It turns out that eating less fat and exercising are the keys to losing weight and keeping it off. I know, mind blowing, right? Niklas and colleagues whom studied data put out by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey on over 4,000 obese individuals made some interesting discoveries.
“Those who exercised more and ate less fat were significantly more likely to lose weight, additionally we found a correlation between joining weight loss programs and greater reported weight loss, which may speak to the importance of structure in a weight loss regimen.”
The study also found that there was not a correlation between over the counter or prescription diet pills/supplements and long-term weight loss.
So, did I sufficiently burst your bubble? Diets just don’t work. One of my biggest pet peeves is when the client tells me the number of times that they have tried Weight Watchers. You have to wondering why someone has to do a program more then once if it is effective. In order to lose weight it really is as simple as eating right and exercising, no magic pill or food is going to come along anytime soon and change that.
One of the best investments that you can make in yourself if you are serious about losing weight is it is going to take some research and planning. Find professionals to get the information you will need to develop an individualized program that take your specific needs into account. Most of all, you have to recognize that you are making a lifestyle change and it is going to take some time. It took years to put the weight on and if your expectation that it will come off in months you are kidding yourself.