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After stopping smoking and lowering your alcohol intake, normalising your weight is the best thing that you can do to improve your health. It will also help to prevent disease and increase lifespan.
But as we all know that’s easier said than done. There are numerous diets around which will all help you to lose weight and then, of course, you will usually put it back on.
The key is to lose weight and keep it off permanently. I help people to do this every week in my clinic.
People normally mention diet and exercise in one breath when talking about weight loss. Unfortunately, so do the government guidelines and most doctors. Diet and exercise are not the same when it comes to losing weight.
There is also a perception that exercise is the key to weight loss and it’s not difficult to see why. Advertising, the gym industry, Jane Fonda, and all the other celebrities out there who are making money from their exercise DVDs have been giving out that message for decades. That is absolute nonsense!
Exercise is important in keeping fit and improving heart health, but it’s contribution to weight loss is tiny compared to what you put in your mouth. How much of a contribution do diet vs exercise make to weight loss? The answer is around 6 vs 1. If you want to lose weight, then you will need to learn about food!
Many people lose weight just fine doing it slow and steady by reducing the amount they eat and exercising. Weight Watchers and Slimming World are also great for this type of weight loss. However, I find that many people find this approach too slow and soon become fed up with it.
The 2 fastest ways that I know to lose weight fast are bariatric surgery and very-low calorie diets.
Bariatric surgery is essentially weight reduction surgery. The 2 most common procedures are gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery. Both of these result in a small stomach size so that the person just cannot eat much before they feel full.
I was lucky enough to work in a specialist hospital where they did this type of weight reduction surgery. I followed up many patients and saw amazing and quick weight reduction. This was accompanied by normalisation of their blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol. One by one, I reduced and stopped their medications until they had stopped all or most of them. This was the first time in my life that I had seen this happening consistently.
That does not mean that I recommend bariatric surgery for weight loss because there is always a risk with surgery. But for some people, it may be the only answer.
The reason I mention it is because it demonstrates a principle. Losing weight lowers blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and risk of certain cancers.
In 2011, Professor Roy Taylor and his team at the University of Newcastle showed that diabetic patients on a very-low calorie diet day were able to reverse their diabetes.
Since then there have been a number of diets that have been launched to enable people to benefit from this method.
Most of these diets have premixed sachets and shakes that you can buy. They are safe to use if you follow the instructions carefully. Of course, they are in no way normal and cannot be continued indefinitely. But they do result in rapid weight loss which is more appealing to people than the slow-and-steady diets.
Anyone who has a medical condition or takes medication should be monitored by their doctor.
The key is to then gradually change to healthy eating to maintain the weight loss. That’s where the problem lies. Most people don’t know what that means, and if they do, then they don’t manage to maintain it and will gain the weight back.
Here are some very-low calorie diets currently in the market:
My favourite is the PnK method. It really is the “Rolls-Royce” of ketogenic diets. It’s evidence-based and results in rapid weight loss whilst providing support through the process. The idea is to lose 70-80% of your excess body weight fast to begin with and then lose the rest more slowly as you transition to a healthy diet. That way you can maintain a healthy weight after stopping this diet.
The methods above are useful for losing weight fast but staying at a healthy weight is all about changing your habits. It stands to reason that you can’t be a different weight if your lifestyle stays the same. And that’s why it’s so difficult for people to stay at a healthy weight after their diet. Change is difficult especially if you have had the same habits for years.
Here’s a few eating habits that you can incorporate into your life that will help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss. It’s all about what you usually do, not the odd party, celebration or night out.
Of course, weight is not just about food. Exercise, sleep and stress management are important in maintaining a healthy weight.
Whatever method you choose to lose weight, I can provide firm guidance and support on your journey to get you to your goal.
If you haven’t already been convinced to start your weight loss journey, here are some more reasons:
They say that prevention is better than cure but, in my experience, people rarely try and lose weight in order to prevent disease. Even though this is one of the best reasons to do it, most people want to lose weight because of lifestyle factors.
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