Weight loss: it takes longer than first thought
The duration of diet you need to achieve meaningful weight loss in much longer than we used to think...
When I started on my weight loss journey I thought it would take 6 months, 18 months later and I am still going and must remain vigilant otherwise all my hard work will be for nothing. No wonder people give up and put on weight. This is really tough work.
According to a paper published last year by The Lancet, research undertaken by the US National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases have found that it takes at least 3 years for a person to reach meaningful weight-loss goals "half the loss occurs in the first year, but the remaining kilos takes another two years to lose". If I had known this, I might have had second thoughts about starting, as it almost appears to be an impossibility to achieve.
The first few months are perhaps the easiest, you see weight drop off, but then nothing, depression sets in and you reach for the chips. Sadly you are back where you started. Even after 18 months I watch everything I eat and make a decision . . . if I eat something unhealthy, what do I give up later in the week. But the key is not becoming obsessed, a fine balancing act to say the least.
However, obesity is a growing problem, with two thirds of Americans (and similar for Australia) either overweight or obese and by 2030, just over 40% will be obese (that's 110 million people in the USA), we all have a choice no matter who painful. We either loose weight or our governments will have a huge health bill (adding to their debts) to pay for weight related issues that are a direct result of being over weight.
Sadly, we (most of us) have done this to ourselves . . . we eat too much . . . too much food that contains bad fats and sugars . . . this is our own fault, we can't blame anyone. When I first started dieting, the I made four simple changes: remove "bad fats", reduce the amount of sugar I consumed, reduce my serving size and no longer have seconds. Simple things that make a differences. Now, 18 months down the track I am moving to organic foods and making sure most of my grocery bill is spent on raw ingredients and very little processed foods.
As I have discovered, loosing weight when you are over 40 is much harder than loosing it when you are younger, but at my age with a tendency for high blood pressure and high cholesterol, I would prefer the hard work than taking drugs. Unfortunately, even when I reach my target, I will need to remain careful for the rest of my life. . . it is a little like given up smoking or drinking . . . one always craves the "bad" foods, but can't always have them. If I do, I will end worse than I started in 2011.
That horrid word - weight loss: (LINK)