Updated: Dec 26, 2021
According to a new government health statistic, over 42% of U.S. adults are obese. Overall we are not doing very well in the weight loss battle. How much more overweight do we need to get before the weight loss industry realizes that the weight loss solutions they are offering are not working? I got into the weight loss field in 1992, and it did not take me that long to realize that the way we were approaching weight loss was not working, and what I mean by not working is that the currently popular approaches to weight loss were not producing sustainable weight loss. Once I came to that realization, I started taking a closer look at everything I was taught about weight loss and health. What I discovered was that many of the things I considered facts about weight loss and health were actually well-marketed opinions based on half-truths and not very well done studies that served special interests.
I found it very interesting that many of the popular weight loss advice we get from weight loss experts contradicted how most people, who live in healthy regions around the world, live and eat. For example, most weight loss experts would tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that you should never skip it, and yet if you look at healthy regions around the world, people generally don’t eat breakfast. Other popular advice you get from many weight loss experts is that you should eat 4 to 5 small meals throughout the day rather than 1 or 2 big ones. Well, again, if you look at healthy regions around the world, they usually eat 1 or 2 times per day not 4 or 5. In Greece, when I lived there, adults ate on average 2 meals per day, lunch and dinner, and people enjoyed long, healthy lives free from most of the diseases you associate with older people. Now, unfortunately, they eat 4 and 5 times per day and have similar weight and health problems just like in the U.S. These are just a few of the many differences between popular weight loss recommendations and healthy regions around the world. Don’t you find it a little strange that in our country we get weight loss and health advice that contradict entirely the way people live in healthy regions around the world, where people have much longer and healthier lifespans than us?
Unfortunately, most weight loss experts have chosen to ignore the fact that many popular weight loss advice are not producing sustainable weight loss and continue to give the same ineffective advice. It makes you wonder! Are they hoping that somehow people will start getting different results from the same advice?
What the weight loss industry is doing perfectly fits Einstein’s definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. The fact is, what we are doing to help people lose weight and get in shape is not working. How much more overweight we need to get as a nation before we change the way we approach weight loss?
I don’t know about other weight loss experts, but I did not get into the weight loss field to help people lose weight temporarily. I got into the weight loss field to help people lose weight permanently and for that reason, I refuse to follow popular weight loss advice, which I know will only lead to temporary weight loss. At my training facility, we have taken a very different approach to weight loss. With our approach our client don’t just lose the weight they want, but they keep it off too. I call my weight loss approach the Live Your Way Thin system.
The truth is, losing weight and keeping it off is actually not as hard as people think. The biggest obstacle the people need to overcome to achieve sustainable weight loss, is their old beliefs of how one should approach weight loss. If you want sustainable weight loss, you have to approach weight loss very differently than traditional methods of weight loss.
Think about it, if all the popular advice on weight loss were working, don’t you think we should be making some progress in the weight loss battle? If we are going to win the weight loss battle, we need to change some of our old beliefs about weight loss and health and how to achieve them.
To help debunk many of the false beliefs that our society has about weight loss and better health or at least start a conversation each week, I will be posting a blog or a video in my YouTube channel at least once per week: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkzpJQtsUw1OQ83ECJh_Rkg