Last Updated, 26 May 2020 by Marc Woodard
Many dieters attempt to expedite weight loss results through fad diets that promise to melt off pounds in a short period of time. None of these quick weight loss gimmicks can keep the weight off long term, because of their limited and restrictive nutrient imbalances… to include imbalances in lifestyle change.
In all the years of working in the field of health and fitness, with a clear understanding of the human metabolism, I’ve never seen a manmade weight loss product or service that guaranteed quick results last long term. Instead, I’ve seen them work short term, add more body fat when consumers got off them… and cause illness and disease in the long run.
Do I believe there’s weight loss programs that work long term? Yes I do, but they’re not from products in a bottle, or pre-packed ready-to-eat meals.
The only sure fire and permanent weight loss solution involves changing bad eating, addiction and sedentary lifestyle habits. When lifestyle change habits include healthy whole foods consumption, combined with daily exercise activity… natural weight loss that leads to ideal body weight with increased fitness levels are achieved. These well-being change improvements also sustain healthy mind and body conditions that can easily be maintained for life. The only exception to this rule is genetics and disease. If body weight, or acute and chronic health conditions is causing health problems seek medical treatment immediately.
It takes time to lose body fat naturally and keep it off permanently. The metabolism does not respond well to frequent and rapid changes. As a matter of fact when rapid weight loss occurs frequently, this yo-yo effect can [and often] break the metabolic fat burning function and reset it to gain weight permanently and likely cause illness and/or disease.
Resist the “I want those results now” consumer mindset because this behavior will ultimately set you up for weight loss and healthy body weight failure and likely make you ill.
You’ve heard of patience is a virtue right? In this case, the body’s healthy metabolic function is depending on your ability to manage caloric energy exchange with some habitual discretion – as you gradually change your lifestyle activities to nourish your good body weight, health, which includes mental health.
If you eat balanced whole foods daily [3 square meals a day], cut out the processed foods, drink plenty of water, and exercise daily at least 3 x weekly for 30minutes… this is a good start to wellness and good health. Your also well on your way to sustainable weight loss, ideal body weight and without experiencing constant hunger and out of control weight gains. Not to mention, this healthy lifestyle choice is an ill-health preventative measure.
Good Health to you and your family.
Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2015 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., www.mirrorathlete.org, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.