Much of the weight loss industry prefers to target obese Americans. For them, that’s where the money is. But the truth is that much of the rest of the globe is overweight as well.
According to studies, 45 percent of persons worldwide were overweight in 2000. Obese people are more prone to suffer from chronic health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and knee arthritis. Overweight people also die at a younger age than normal-weight people.
Many obese persons wish to lose weight in order to enhance their health and attractiveness. Because there are so many people who want to lose weight but find it difficult to do so, there are many commercial weight loss programmes on the market. Many are exorbitantly priced in order to capitalise on the enormous demand. Many of these programmes are ineffectual.
Millions of Americans and Europeans join commercial and self-help weight loss programmes each year. Because systematic reviews are lacking, health care providers and their obese patients know little about these initiatives. Unfortunately, many patients and their doctors are also unaware of the usefulness and safety of these programmes.
There have been few high-quality studies that have evaluated weight loss programmes. Because they do not account for those who drop out of the programme, many existing studies present the best-case scenario. There is little evidence to support the success of big commercial weight loss regimens. Patients considering using commercial weight loss methods should be aware that these programmes have not been well researched.
So, do diet plans actually work? Some do in the short term, but the long term results are questionable.
The true effective technique to lose weight is exactly what we all want to avoid: behavioural change.
patiently over time
Changing one’s behaviour over time and engaging in a regular exercise routine are what will help you lose and keep the weight off. There is no such thing as a magic elixir, pill, or programme. The key to long-term, successful weight loss is to change your behaviour from what you eat to how you eat it, how much you eat, and when you consume it.
It boils down to using more calories per day, referred to as “burning calories,” than consuming, referred to as “eating.”
If you are battling obesity haphazardly, begin changing your habits TODAY. Use a methodical yet logical approach to behaviour adjustment. It will take some time, but the long-term advantages and lasting weight loss will be worth the wait!