The most concerning health problem in the US is obesity. It is the main culprit for heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, fatty liver, gastrointestinal diseases and so many more.
Putting all those extra pounds takes several months if not years of bad eating habits. So, reverting to normal healthy weight will never be EFFORTLESS.
According to statistics, 95% of people that lose weight with crazy, restrictive diets will go back to their original weight within three years. Sometimes, they will even add more pounds than they had originally.
There is no easy miracle. The only diet that will ever help you lose weight is changing your bad eating habits for good.
Think about it. Let’s say a guy with a normal weight for his height, who has always had a good, healthy diet suddenly started to binge on fast food, chips, donuts and cakes. He would obviously start gaining weight, right.
So, if you were to be 50 pounds overweight, and you started this crazy restrictive diet, and you start counting calories, or eating way less calories than your body needs to run effectively, you will definitely lose weight. Yet, the bad thing about these restrictive diets is:
- They will slow down your metabolic rate.
- There is no way that someone can keep up with this diet for a long period of time.
So, once you go back to your “regular’ eating habits, since your metabolic rate is now much slower, people typically end up gaining more weight than before.
That’s why I truly believe that changing your eating habit from the get-go, is your best bet if you want to lose weight and keep it off. Learn and adapt your taste buds to new varieties of foods, vegetables and fruits. Eliminate foods that you know are bad for you, that create inflammation in your body and harvest disease in the long run. When you eat healthy, you never have to count calories, because what you’re eating is rich in nutrients that nourish your body.
Losing weight shouldn’t be JUST about looks. Of course, it’s what motivates most of us (me included), but it should also be about our health and well-being. Change your eating habits for the current you, and for the future, hopefully, disease free you.