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The Big Picture of Permanent Weight Loss

Most people who read my articles and e-books know me as a science guy who likes to quote studies and apply research to everyday problems such as weight loss, bodybuilding, and other health/fitness related topics. However, sometimes you have to step back from the science and look at the big picture to help bring people back into focus, so they can see the forest for the trees, so to speak.

For most people reading this article, finding an effective diet that works most of the time must seem as complicated as nuclear physics. It’s not, but there are a bewildering number of choices for diets out there. High fat or no fat? High carbohydrate or no carbohydrate? Low protein or high protein? To make matters worse, there are a million variations and combinations to the above diet scenarios to add to the confusion. It seems endless and causes many people to throw up their hands in frustration and give up. In this article I will attempt to change all that.

There are some general guidelines, rules of thumb, and ways of viewing a diet program that will allow you to decide, once and for all, if it’s the right diet for you. You may not always like what I have to say, and you should be under no illusions this is another quick fix, “lose 100 lbs. in 20 days,” guide of some sort. However, if you are sick and tired of being confused, tired of taking the weight off only to put it back on, and tired of wondering how to take the first steps to deciding the right diet for you that will result in permanent weight loss, then this is the article that could change your life…

Does your diet pass “The Test”?
What is the number one reason diets fail long term; above all else? The number one reason is…drum roll…a lack of long term compliance. The numbers don’t lie; the vast majority of people who lose weight will regain it – and often exceed what they lost. You knew that already didn’t you?

Yet, what are you doing to avoid it? Here’s another reality check: virtually any diet you pick which follows the basic concept of “burning” more calories then you consume – the well accepted “calories in calories out” mantra – will cause you to lose weight. To some degree, they all work: Atkins-style, no carb diets, low fat high carb diets, all manner of fad diets – it simply does not matter in the short term.

If your goal is to lose some weight quickly, then pick one and follow it. I guarantee you will lose some weight. Studies generally find any of the commercial weight loss diets will get approximately the same amount of weight off after 6 months to a year. For example, a recent study found the Atkins’ Diet, Slim-Fast plan, Weight Watchers Pure Points program, and Rosemary Conley’s Eat Yourself Slim diet, were all equally effective. (1)

Other studies comparing other popular diets have come to essentially the same conclusions. For example, a study that compared the Atkins diet, the Ornish diet, Weight Watchers, and The Zone Diet, found them to be essentially the same in their ability to take weight off after one year. (2)

Recall what I said about the number one reason diets fail, which is a lack of compliance. The lead researcher of this recent study stated:

“Our trial found that adherence level rather than diet type was the primary predictor of weight loss”(3)

Translated, it’s not which diet they chose per se, but their ability to actually stick to a diet that predicted their weight loss success. I can just see the hands going up now, “but Will, some diets must be better than others, right?” Are some diets better then others? Absolutely. Some diets are healthier then others, some diets are better at preserving lean body mass, some diets are better at suppressing appetite – there are many differences between diets. However, while most of the popular diets will work for taking weight off, what is abundantly clear is that adhering to the diet is the most important aspect for keeping the weight off long term.

What is a diet?
A diet is a short term strategy to lose weight. Long term weight loss is the result of an alteration in lifestyle. We are concerned with life long weight management, not quick fix weight loss here. I don’t like the term diet, as it represents a short term attempt to lose weight vs. a change in lifestyle. Want to lose a bunch of weight quickly? Heck, I will give you the information on how to do that here and now for no charge.

For the next 90 to 120 days eat 12 scrambled egg whites, one whole grapefruit, and a gallon of water twice a a day. You will lose plenty of weight. Will it be healthy? Nope. Will the weight stay off once you are done with this diet and are then forced to go back to your “normal” way of eating? Not a chance. Will the weight you lose come from fat or will it be muscle, water, bone, and (hopefully!) some fat? The point being, there are many diets out there that are perfectly capable of getting weight off you, but when considering any eating plan designed to lose weight, you must ask yourself:

“Is this a way of eating I can follow long term?”
Which brings me to my test: I call it the “Can I eat that way for the rest of my life?” Test. I know, it does not exactly roll off your tongue, but it gets the point across.

The lesson here is: any nutritional plan you pick to lose weight must be part of a lifestyle change you will be able to follow – in one form or another – forever. That is, if it’s not a way of eating you can comply with indefinitely, even after you get to your target weight, then it’s worthless.

Thus, many fad diets you see out there are immediately eliminated, and you don’t have to worry about them. The question is not whether the diet is effective in the short term, but if the diet can be followed indefinitely as a lifelong way of eating. Going from “their” way of eating back to “your” way of eating after you reach your target weight is a recipe for disaster and the cause of the well established yo-yo dieting syndrome. Bottom line: there are no short cuts, there is no free lunch, and only a commitment to a lifestyle change is going to keep the fat off long term. I realize that’s not what most people want to hear, but it’s the truth, like it or not.

The statistics don’t lie: getting the weight off is not the hardest part, keeping the weight off is! If you take a close look at the many well known fad/commercial diets out there, and you are honest with yourself, and apply my test above, you will find most of them no longer appeal to you as they once did. It also brings me to an example that adds additional clarity: If you have diet A that will cause the most weight loss in the shortest amount of time but is unbalanced and essentially impossible to follow long term vs. diet B, which will take the weight off at a slower pace, but is easier to follow, balanced, healthy, and something you can comply with year after year, which is superior? If diet A gets 30 lbs off you in 30 days, but by next year you have gained back all 30 lbs, but diet B gets 20 lbs off you in the next 3 months with another 20 lbs 3 months after that and the weight stays off by the end of that year, which is the better diet?

If you don’t know the answer to those questions, you have totally missed the point of this article and the lesson it’s trying to teach you, and are set up for failure. Go back and read this section again…By default, diet B is superior.

Teach a man to Fish…
A well known Chinese Proverb is – Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

This expression fits perfectly with the next essential step in how to decide what eating plan you should follow to lose weight permanently. Will the diet plan you are considering teach you how to eat long term, or does it spoon-feed you information? Will the diet rely on special bars, shakes, supplements or pre-made foods they supply?

Let’s do another diet A vs. diet B comparison. Diet A is going to supply you with their foods, as well as their special drink or bars to eat, and tell you exactly when to eat them. You will lose – say – 30 lbs in two months. Diet B is going to attempt to help you learn which foods you should eat, how many calories you need to eat, why you need to eat them, and generally attempt to help teach you how to eat as part of a total lifestyle change that will allow you to make informed decisions about your nutrition. Diet B causes a slow steady weight loss of 8 -10 lbs per month for the next 6 months and the weight stays off because you now know how to eat properly.

Recall the Chinese proverb. Both diets will assist you to lose weight. Only one diet, however, will teach you how to be self-reliant after your experience is over. Diet A is easier, to be sure, and causes faster weight loss than diet B, and diet B takes longer and requires some thinking and learning on your part. However, when diet A is over, you are right back where you started and have been given no skills to fish. Diet companies don’t make their profits by teaching you to fish, they make their money by handing you a fish so you must rely on them indefinitely or come back to them after you gain all the weight back.

Thus, diet B is superior for allowing you to succeed where other diets failed, with knowledge gained that you can apply long term. Diet programs that attempt to spoon feed you a diet without any attempt to teach you how to eat without their help and/or rely on their shakes, bars, cookies, or pre-made foods, is another diet you can eliminate from your list of choices.

Diet plans that offer weight loss by drinking their product for several meals followed by a “sensible dinner;” diets that allow you to eat their special cookies for most meals along with their pre-planned menu; or diets that attempt to have you eating their bars, drink, or pre-made meals, are of the diet A variety covered above. They’re easy to follow but destined for failure, long term. They all fail the “Can I eat that way for the rest of my life?” test, unless you really think you can eat cookies and shakes for the rest of your life…Bottom line here is, if the nutritional approach you use to lose weight, be it from a book, a class, a clinic, or an e-book, does not teach you how to eat, it’s a loser for long term weight loss and it should be avoided.

The missing link for long term weight loss
We now make our way to another test to help you choose a nutrition program for long term weight loss, and it does not actually involve nutrition. The missing link for long term weight loss is exercise. Exercise is the essential component of long term weight loss. Many diet programs do not contain an exercise component, which means they are losers for long term weight loss from the very start. Any program that has its focus on weight loss but does not include a comprehensive exercise plan is like buying a car without tires, or a plane without wings. People who have successfully kept the weight off overwhelmingly have incorporated exercise into their lives, and the studies that look at people who have successfully lost weight and kept it off invariably find these people were consistent with their diet and exercise plans. (4)

I am not going to list all the benefits of regular exercise here, but regular exercise has positive effects on your metabolism, allows you to eat more calories yet still be in a calorie deficit, and can help preserve lean body mass (LBM) which is essential to your health and metabolism. The many health benefits of regular exercise are well known, so I won’t bother adding them here. The bottom line here is, (a) if you have any intentions of getting the most from your goal of losing weight and (b) plan to keep it off long term, regular exercise must be an integral part of the weight loss strategy. So, you can eliminate any program, be it book, e-book, clinic, etc. that does not offer you direction and help with this essential part of long term weight loss.

Side Bar: A quick note on exercise:
Any exercise is better than no exercise. However, like diet plans, not all exercise is created equal, and many people often choose the wrong form of exercise to maximize their efforts to lose weight. For example, they will do aerobics exclusively and ignore resistance training. Resistance training is an essential component of fat loss, as it builds muscle essential to your metabolism, increases 24 hour energy expenditure, and has health benefits beyond aerobics.

The reader will also note I said fat loss above not weight loss. Though I use the term ‘weight loss’ throughout this article, I do so only because it is a familiar term most people understand. However, the true focus and goal of a properly set up nutrition and exercise plan should be on fat loss, not weight loss. A focus on losing weight, which may include a loss essential muscle, water, and even bone, as well as fat, is the wrong approach. Losing the fat and keeping the all important lean body mass (LBM), is the goal, and the method for achieving that can be found in my ebook(s) on the topic, and is beyond the scope of this article. Bottom line: the type of exercise, intensity of that exercise, length of time doing that exercise, etc., are essential variables here when attempting to lose FAT while retaining (LBM).

Psychology 101 of long term weight loss
Many diet programs out there don’t address the psychological aspect of why people fail to be successful with long term weight loss. However, quite a few studies exist that have looked at just that. In many respects, the psychological aspect is the most important for long term weight loss, and probably the most underappreciated component.

Studies that compare the psychological characteristics of people who have successfully kept the weight off to people who have regained the weight, see clear differences between these two groups. For example, one study that looked at 28 obese women who had lost weight but regained the weight that they had lost, compared to 28 formerly obese women who had lost weight and maintained their weight for at least one year and 20 women with a stable weight in the healthy range, found the women who regained the weight:

o Had a tendency to evaluate self-worth in terms of weight and shape
o Had a lack of vigilance with regard to weight control
o had a dichotomous (black-and-white) thinking style
o Had the tendency to use eating to regulate mood.

The researchers concluded:

“The results suggest that psychological factors may provide some explanation as to why many people with obesity regain weight following successful weight loss.”

This particular study was done on women, so it reflects some of the specific psychological issues women have – but make no mistake here – men also have their own psychological issues that can sabotage their long term weight loss efforts. (6)

Additional studies on men and women find psychological characteristics such as “having unrealistic weight goals, poor coping or problem-solving skills and low self-efficacy” often predict failure with long term weight loss. (7) On the other hand, psychological traits common to people who experienced successful long term weight loss include “…an internal motivation to lose weight, social support, better coping strategies and ability to handle life stress, self-efficacy, autonomy, assuming responsibility in life, and overall more psychological strength and stability.” (8)

The main point of this section is to illustrate that psychology plays a major role in determining if people are successful with long term weight loss. If it’s not addressed as part of the overall plan, it can be the factor that makes or breaks your success. This, however, is not an area most nutrition programs can adequately tackle and should not be expected to. However, the better programs do generally attempt to help with motivation, goal setting, and support. If you see yourself in the above lists from the groups that failed to maintain their weight long term, then know you will need to address those issues via counseling, support groups, etc. Don’t expect any weight loss program to cover this topic adequately but do look for programs that attempt to offer support, goal setting, and resources that will keep you on track.

“There’s a sucker born every minute”
So why don’t you see this type of honest information about the realities of long term weight loss more often? Let’s be honest here, telling the truth is not the best way to sell bars, shakes, books, supplements, and programs. Hell, if by some miracle everyone who read this article actually followed it, and sent it on to millions of other people who actually followed it, makers of said products could be in financial trouble quickly. However, they also know – as the man said – “there’s a sucker born every minute,” so I doubt they will be kept up at night worrying about the effects that I, or this article, will have on their business.

So let’s recap what has been learned here: the big picture realities of permanent weight loss and how you can look at a weight loss program and decide for yourself if it’s for you based on what has been covered above:

o Permanent weight loss is not about finding a quick fix diet, but making a commitment to life style changes that include nutrition and exercise

o Any weight loss program you choose must pass the “Can I eat that way for the rest of my life?” test,

o The weight loss program you choose should ultimately teach you how to eat and be self reliant so you can make informed long term choices about your nutrition.

o The weight loss program you choose should not leave you reliant on commercial bars, shakes, supplements, or pre-made foods, for your long term success.

o The weight loss program you choose must have an effective exercise component.

o The weight loss program you choose should attempt to help with motivation, goal setting, and support, but can’t be a replacement for psychological counseling if needed.

Conclusion
I want to take this final section to add some additional points and clarity. For starters, the above advice is not for everyone. It’s not intended for those who really have their nutrition dialed in, such as competitive bodybuilders and other athletes who benefit from fairly dramatic changes in their nutrition, such as ‘off season’ and ‘pre-contest’ and so on.

The article is also not intended for those with medical issues who may be on a specific diet to treat or manage a specific medical condition. The article is intended for the average person who wants to get off the Yo-Yo diet merry-go-round once and for all. As that’s probably 99% of the population, it will cover millions of people.

People should also not be scared off by my “you have to eat this way forever” advice. This does not mean you will be dieting for the rest of your life and have nothing but starvation to look forward to. What it does mean, however, is you will have to learn to eat properly even after you reach your target weight and that way of eating should not be a huge departure from how you ate to lose the weight in the first place. Once you get to your target weight – and or your target bodyfat levels – you will go onto a maintenance phase which generally has more calories and choices of food, even the occasional treat, like a slice of pizza or whatever.

Maintenance diets are a logical extension of the diet you used to lose the weight, but they are not based on the diet you followed that put the weight on in the first place!

Regardless of which program you choose, use the above ‘big picture’ approach which will keep you on track for long term weight loss. See you in the gym!

Weight Loss

Weight loss is a basic issue in today’s general public with obesity on the increase and individuals at long last acknowledging what being overweight is doing to their bodies, their well being and in the end their ways of life.

Weight loss is useful for some conditions. It is of genuine advantage in diabetes, hypertension, shortness of breath, joint issues and raised cholesterol.

Weight loss is conceivable with exercise and sound dinners alone, yet including great quality protein and building incline bulk will help you lose all the more rapidly, helping you to keep the weight off and stay solid.

Weight loss is essentially ensured on the off chance that one adheres to the controls of the eating regimen.

Weight loss essentials: eat a larger number of calories than you utilize and you’ll put on weight; utilize more than you eat and you’ll lose it. Weight loss is presently an objective which can be come to truly effectively in the event that we adhere to a preparation administration, abstain from food arrange. Be that as it may, for a few, surgery might be the main trust.

Surgical procedures have advanced in the course of recent decades, and most are compelling, as in they do normally prompt significant weight reduction.

In any case, all specialists do concur that the most ideal approach to keep up weight loss is to take after a healthy way of life. Whichever approach you lean toward, the way to long haul achievement is a moderate consistent weight loss. It is demonstrated that it is essential prepare yourself up mentally for your weight loss journey and the way of life changes you are going to experience.

For people who are morbidly obese, surgery to sidestep parts of the stomach and small digestive system may now and again be the main successful method for creating maintained and noteworthy weight loss.

The essential factor in accomplishing and keeping up weight loss is a long lasting responsibility to general exercise and sensible dietary patterns. You will find that all levels of your life are enhanced with weight loss which brings you so much individual fulfillment.

In the event that dietary patterns are not totally and for all time changed, the Weight loss gave by an eating regimen is not going to keep going long. On the off chance that you experience the ill effects of, or think you may experience the ill effects of, a therapeutic condition you ought to counsel your specialist before beginning a Weight loss and/or exercise administration.

Drinking water is a standout among the most fast weight loss tips that dieticians propose to individuals and prompts 100+ calories additional blazed a day. Each twenty soda pops you skip from your typical admission likens to around one pound of weight reduction.

Fasting: While fasting has real influence in a few eating methodologies, it is by and large not prescribed for safe weight loss.

Diet

Dietitians are nutritionists who work straightforwardly with customers or patients in regards to their healthful needs. Abstaining from food lessens your caloric admission however practicing helps you blaze more calories. Eat less carbs Weight misfortune is fundamental if corpulence is available. Consuming less calories is simpler than you ever envisioned. On a veggie lover eat less carbs, weight loss shouldn’t be an issue.

A very much adjusted diminished calorie abstain from food containing moderate fat is suggested. The consideration of various types of organic products into weight loss eating methodologies is a sound method for managing starvation, and additionally giving the body those supplements and vitamins it needs to work legitimately.

Exercise While You Diet: Weight loss is about lessening your caloric admission while you increment the calories you smolder. Above all else choose how much weight you need to lose, and set yourself a sensible target, preferably with the assistance of your dietitian or specialist.

A diet that works for a few people does not work for others. A solid breakfast is one of the key components of a sound eating routine and noteworthy weight reduction. Most trend eating regimens, if took after nearly, will bring about Weight loss as an aftereffect of caloric confinement.

In addition, health food nuts who neglect to embrace better exercise and dietary patterns will recover the shed pounds and potentially more. As it starts, a lot of water will be shed, driving the calorie counter to imagine that huge weight decrease is occurring.

Counsel your specialist, for any well-being issue and before utilizing any supplements, rolling out dietary improvements, or before rolling out any improvements in endorsed meds.

A great part of the early Weight loss on a low calorie eat less speaks to loss of muscle tissue instead of loss of fat.

Upwards of 85% of calorie counters who don’t exercise all the time recover their shed pounds inside two years. Over and over losing and recapturing weight (yo-yo counting calories) urges the body to store fat and may expand a patient’s danger of creating coronary illness.

Eating three adjusted, direct parcel dinners a day-with the fundamental supper at early afternoon is a more powerful approach to anticipate corpulence than fasting or crash diets, which persuade the body that there is a progressing starvation. Advanced medication has discovered approaches to augment our life expectancy through dietary limitation.

For your wellbeing, dependably counsel your specialist before making any noteworthy dietary, nourishing or way of life changes. The American Heart Association (AHA) for the most part suggests an eating regimen with under 30% fat.

Individual’s way of life, sustenance inclinations, readiness capacities, nibble propensities, longings, and so on, ought to all be considered when building up a dietary arrangement. It is vital that the sustenance instructor tailor the eating routine to the person instead of receiving a “one-measure fits-all” approach. After weight reduction, bring down fat eating methodologies might be the best. For a great many people, being overweight is an aftereffect of a deficient measure of work out, a lacking way of life routine and an inadequately adjusted eating routine.

Most high-fiber nourishment are additionally high in water and low in calories, making them must-have eat less carbs sustenances. Dissolvable fiber can bring down cholesterol; insoluble contains inedible strands that add mass to our weight control plans.

A few specialists trust health food nuts have better control on the off chance that they eat a few smaller than expected suppers for the duration of the day. Exercise and an adjusted eating regimen are the key considers fat misfortune and weight decrease.

Drinking water is a standout among the fastest Weight loss tips that dieticians propose to individuals and prompts 100+ calories additional blazed a day.

A definitive tip to inevitable achievement: standard exercise and an adjusted eating regimen. Add one cheat day to your eating routine to free yourself of yearnings.

Eat a sound eating regimen loaded with bunches of vegetables, organic products, and entire grain items.

Fasting: While fasting has significant influence in a few eating regimens, it is for the most part not prescribed for safe weight reduction.

Surgery

In any case, for some in this circumstance, Weight loss surgery is the main trust. One of the soonest structures was gastric sidestep surgery. There are numerous types of surgery nowadays and all have upsides and downsides.

There are still generous dangers, notwithstanding, as with any significant surgery. For the individuals who trust surgery is the best alternative, counseling with an accomplished doctor is crucial.

For people who are beefy beyond belief, surgery to sidestep parts of the stomach and small digestive tract may on occasion be the main compelling method for delivering maintained and critical weight reduction.

Such weight surgery, in any case, can be dangerous, and it is performed just on patients for whom different techniques have fizzled and whose stoutness genuinely undermines wellbeing. In the event that break hernia side effects are perpetual and don’t react to eating regimen and pharmaceutical, surgery may get to be vital.

Today, most specialists choose to perform laparoscopic surgery, since it is negligibly obtrusive and recuperation time is lessened.

Blaze

On the off chance that you envision yourself shedding pounds and consuming calories amid typical every day action, you will get in shape and muscle to fat quotients. It cellularly affects the body, bringing on fat cells to discharge their put away fat to be copied as vitality. The nourishment you eat amid the day ought to be scorched off through movement.

Exercise While You Diet: Weight misfortune is about lessening your caloric admission while you increment the calories you smolder. Eating less lessens your caloric admission however practicing helps you blaze more calories.

We as a whole realize that to accomplish a sound Weight loss we have to blaze a larger number of calories than what we take in. Exercise expands the metabolic rate by making muscle, which blazes a greater number of calories than fat.

At the point when general exercise is consolidated with predictable, stimulating dinners, calories keep on burning at a quickened rate for a few hours. Calories smoldered relying upon your action level.

Not just fats give a feeling of completion, eating a sufficient sound fat called omega-3 unsaturated fats may bring about your digestion system to smolder fat all the more productively. On the off chance that your weight stays steady, you are most likely taking in similar measure of calories you smolder every day.

In case you’re gradually putting on weight after some time, it is likely that your caloric admission is more prominent than the quantity of calories you smolder through your day by day exercises.

The quantity of calories we blaze every day is reliant upon our basal metabolic rate (BMR), the quantity of calories we smolder every hour essentially by being alive and keeping up body capacities and our level of physical movement.

Our weight likewise assumes a part in deciding what number of calories we blaze very still – more calories are required to keep up your body in its present express, the more prominent your body weight. Somebody whose employment includes overwhelming physical work will actually blaze a greater number of calories in a day than somebody who sits at a work area the vast majority of the day (an inactive occupation).

For individuals who don’t have occupations that require extraordinary physical action, exercise or expanded physical movement can build the quantity of calories blazed.

To lose one pound, you should blaze roughly 3500 calories well beyond what you as of now smolder doing every day exercises. Utilize a calorie adding machine to make sense of what number of calories you smolder while sitting, standing, working out, lifting weights, and so on. In case you’re eating less calories than you’re blazing, you’ll shed pounds.

As it is outstanding when the body does not get enough calories it begins to smolder the fat that was saved in the fat tissue.

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