I would rather focus on eating healthy and exercising regularly than losing weight. However, since we are in the holiday season and eating temptations abound, I thought I would share these observations:
“…. There are facts about obesity of which we may be reasonably certain — facts that are useful today,” says researcher Krista Casazza, PhD, RD, from the department of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in a prepared statement, WebMD reported.
Here they are:
1. “Your genes are not your destiny. Moderate environmental changes can promote as much weight loss as even the best weight-loss drugs.”
I love this one. So often people use ‘bad genes’ as an excuse for their weight problems, ignoring completely their own bad eating habits.
2.”Even without weight loss, physical activity improves health.”
Another winner. I have reiterated this statement in at least 25 different posts on this blog. Eat less; move more; live longer.
3. “Physical activity or exercise in the right amounts does help people lose weight.”
Amen. Listen to Uncle Sam.
4. “Continuation of conditions that promote weight loss helps people keep the weight off. Think of obesity as a chronic condition.”
Likewise, I think of good eating and exercise habits as chronic, too.
5. “For overweight children, involving the family and home environment in weight-loss efforts is ideal.”
6. “Providing actual meals or meal replacements works better for weight loss than does general advice about food choices.”
Both 5 and 6 sound like first rate advice.
7. “Weight-loss drugs can help some people lose weight.”
I am not going to argue with the experts here, but I doubt that the weight stays off if the person doesn’t change his/her eating and exercise habits. I repeat my recommendation to pay attention to what you eat and exercise regularly. That will melt the pounds away. You won’t need drugs.
8. “Bariatric surgery can help achieve long-term weight loss in some people.”
The study was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health. Our tax dollars at work.
Last, but not least, let me mention the Page that I have written – How to lose weight (and keep it off).