When it comes to weight loss, there are many diets and strategies, potions and pills, gurus and advocates out there to help you achieve weight loss. And many of these programs work. At least for a short time that is. The sad reality is however, that in the long term, almost all of these strategies become miserable failures for most people. So, while it is true that people will begin to see weight loss by 5-10 or even 50 and more pounds, these strategies are either too difficult to follow consistently, and can even be dangerous to follow for a long time. This is the reason that many people find themselves regaining most, if in fact not ALL of their weight back (ex. Biggest Loser). And this is the reason that people jump from one weight loss diet to another, to another, to another (yo-yo dieting).
Another reason that I believe that people fail to maintain weight loss, or even achieve weight loss, is because they get their advice from someone who is quite honestly overweight or obese themselves. It reminds me of a story that a patient shared with me some time ago. This patient went to his cardiologist for a routine heart exam, and his cardiologist explained to the patient all of the reasons that the patient needed to quit smoking. How bad smoking is for the heart, and lungs, etc… However, on the way back to his car, the patient walked behind the hospital where he had his appointment with the cardiologist, and to the patient’s surprise, he saw the cardiologist standing behind the building smoking a cigarette.
The point of that story is, your “diet expert” may be the brightest, most recognizable, and even passionate person when it comes to your health, but if they don’t take care of their own health, how can they ever truly take care of and support your health? How can your overweight diet expert support your weight loss when they can’t even support their own weight loss?
So if you are someone who has been struggling with your weight, or your health, I encourage you to follow a Return to Health Program that you can make a part of your lifestyle for the rest of your life.
This brings me back to Henry Ford. If you think that health and lifestyle changes are things that you can do to restore your health, than I agree with you…YOU CAN. However, if you think you can’t make lifestyle changes, or that you are doomed to a life of sickness and disease, than I agree with you…YOU CAN’T.