Did you know that the diet industry in the United Sates generates over $40 billion a year? And that’s just the weight loss plans and supplements that are out there. There’s also huge revenue from the books, gadgets, DVDs, and pills that some docs prescribe, that all promise to deliver the voodoo for how to get skinny and how to do it really fast.
And here’s the kicker — a 2006 study in The New England Journal of Medicine, claims that most people who participate in weight-loss programs “regain about one-third of the weight lost during the next year and are typically back to baseline in three to five years.”
We seem to give up all common sense and more importantly, abdicate our personal responsibility when we financially, mentally and spiritually buy in to these schemes that promise the one and only way to “diet enlightenment.” We’ve become junkies of sorts, addicted to the latest phase and craze of the diet industry.
There are programs that serve people well in losing weight and adopting a new, healthy lifestyle that has lasting effects. We shouldn’t be blaming the programs, the food or the workouts for lack of weight loss success. We should be taking a more introspective look at ourselves.
Isn’t it about time we start trusting our own gut –literally, when it comes to our own health? Why do we give up our own inherent knowing, our own power –to someone or something that we think has all of the answers to get us slim.
The best weight loss program is the one that is best for you. Maybe that means more protein. Maybe that means you lean more toward being a vegetarian. Maybe you need to be more mindful of sugar. Maybe you don’t need to work out twice a day to get the results you want. The point is there is no one-size-fits-all plan that works for everyone. And, we need to consider the choices that will help us maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle for years to come, not just the one that helps us to shed those 20 pounds.
Slow your approach and adopt new, healthy habits that can serve as the foundation of a lifestyle that will keep you healthy, in shape, strong and flexible until death do us part. And that may be joining a weight loss program.
Losing weight and reshaping the body isn’t rocket science. And to claim ignorance about good nutrition and the benefits of exercise just doesn’t work anymore. Good information is readily available. Go to the sources you trust whether that’s a health care practitioner, a book, a friend or family member.
Stop getting so hung up on what others are doing and how fast they’re losing weight. Getting in health isn’t a numbers game. It’s a lifestyle change –period. Forget about the “silver bullet” quick fix. We all know inherently what foods and exercise plans serve us best. We just have to tune into it better and more frequently.
Start by feeling what it feels like to be hungry and what it feels like to feel satisfied. Begin to add more good stuff into your diet like fruits and vegetables without taking away any of your favorite foods. Keep a food journal. Research plans and books and classes and feel around for a synchronicity about what you’re learning.
Adopt a happier more hopeful attitude and make changing your life more fun. Shop at farmer’s markets, try new recipes, check out a new restaurant. Step back from your “instant gratification” ways and step up to your life. You’re the creator of your health, your bod and your habits. Don’t turn that over to anyone else. Nobody does it better.
If you need some guidance with adopting healthy eating and exercise habits to improve your health, ask you QLMC practitioner about the weight loss program available that is medically directed.