Why Fast Weight Loss Never Lasts

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By Stavros Mastrogiannis

bigpantsEverybody wants to lose weight fast, who doesn’t? The diet industry knows this, which is why most of the diets focus on delivering fast results. Well, how is that working so far? If you look at the statistics, not that well. Although most people do lose weight fast with most diets, over 95% of them regain all the weight back. So my question is what is the point of losing weight fast if you are going to gain it back again?

Here is the problem with losing weight fast. In order to lose weight fast, you must make big changes in your life all at once. The fact is that the more changes you make in your life at once the more uncomfortable you get, the more uncomfortable you get the faster you burn out and revert back to your old habits thus gaining the weight back.

The mistake many people and even many fitness professionals make is that they wrongly believe that once people see results they would be motivated to keep going. Well if that was true then how come most people who lose weight gain it back? They did get the results they wanted after all, and yet they still revert back to their old habits and gained the weight back.

The fact is that the best results in the world would not keep you motivated if the results were achieved through a method that overwhelmed you. This is the case with most diets. Although they get people the results they want, they are overwhelming and sooner or later people quit and revert back to their old habits.

So what is the answer? How can people lose weight and keep it off? The answer is very simple. First of all you need to realize that weight gain is a symptom not the problem, the problem is your habits. Your habits got you in the shape you are in today and if you are not happy with your current shape you must change the habits that got you here.

http://yourhealthjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/kickhabit.jpgThe only way to make permanent changes in your habits is to make them one at a time. Whatever change you make has to become habitual before making another change. Make enough changes in your habits and the weight will come off. Yes, with this method it will take you a little longer to start seeing weight loss, but at least once you lose the weight you would never have to worry about your weight again.

Only through permanent changes in your eating and activity habits you can lose weight and keep it off. Unfortunately the way most diets approach weight loss it is almost impossible to develop new habits and that is one of the biggest reasons why, in spite the 78,000 diet books on the market today we are still losing the weight loss battle.

– Stavros Mastrogiannis is a 20 year veteran of the weight loss field and specializes in permanent weight loss. He is the author of 4 books including his latest one Eat It All By Eating Right and the creator of TheStavrosMethod.com. A unique online weight loss program that helps people develop all the necessary habits so they can lose weight and keep it off for life.

Tax Fast Foods

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badfoodchoicesFrom Your Healthy Journal…..”I have been bringing up obesity lately on this blog, as so many reports are claiming the United States is the ‘fat capital’ of the world. I do agree that it is an ongoing problem in the US, and change is needed. My problem, I don’t think the problem just exists in the US. Recently, I have posted articles about obesity issues in the UK, Canada, Australia, and Mexico. These countries have been having similar issues with obesity. Today’s article, written by Jacob Borg of Malta Today discusses similar concerns with the country of Malta. The article begins with a statement heard in many other articles posted here – Tax foods that create our obesity epidemic and subsidize healthy food. Sound familiar? The Maltese population weighs in at the heavier end of the scales, and notwithstanding the health costs of the obesity epidemic, the financial cost on the country’s coffers is in the region of €78 million. The proportion of overweight or obese children in Malta is 29.5% – no other country has a proportion above 20%, as the ‘Health at a Glance: Europe’ report shows. Please visit the Malta Today web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It was very informative.”

From the article…..

Tax foods that create our obesity epidemic and subsidise healthy food, says doctor who researched Malta’s fat problem.

Obesity is a growing problem (pun intended) all over the world.

Unfortunately, the Maltese population weighs in at the heavier end of the scales, and notwithstanding the health costs of the obesity epidemic, the financial cost on the country’s coffers is in the region of €78 million.

The proportion of overweight or obese children in Malta is 29.5% – no other country has a proportion above 20%, as the ‘Health at a Glance: Europe’ report shows.

But Daniel Sammut, a GP and co-author of the chunkily titled ‘Audit of the diagnosis and management of adult obesity in a Maltese general practice’ – a study recently published in the Malta Medical Journal – is none too impressed by the proliferation of fad diets on the island.

“Only Weightwatchers has some scientific evidence behind it. The Department of Health Promotion recommends a Mediterranean diet. Such a diet involves eating five times a day, a daily intake of five portions of vegetable and fruit, five glasses of water and exercise five times a week. All the tablets and shakes either do not work or are harmful. For example, fat burners may increase blood pressure and heart rate,” Sammut says.

And he finds agreement from personal trainer Richard Geres, who has helped thousands of people lose weight through his person fitness regimes and regulated diets.

“Fad diets do not work… while basically any diet works in the short-term, due to the reduction of calorie intake, the problem is that they are not sustainable over the long term. Therefore people on these diets revert to their previous problematic eating habits and therefore regain the weight again over time.”

Geres firmly believes that education is the root cause of Malta’s obesity problem.

“After having personally interviewed over 4,000 clients over the last few years, I have come to the conclusion that the only solution to our national, and global, obesity problem is education that will lead people to make wiser food choices in the long run. People claim they know what they should eat, but they don’t really.

To read the full article…..Click here