Shedding pounds too rapidly has long been considered by experts as a recipe for short-lived success, almost inevitably leading to reoccurring weight gain. A better approach was thought to be losing one to two pounds a week, enough time to let the body adjust and make the changes permanent. But the idea that slimming down at a reduced rate produces better outcomes long-term may be delusional, according to a new study that found no differences for participants in so-called crash diets by comparison to their counterparts who took a slower pace.
Life is unfair when it comes to weight management. Some people gain or lose body fat more easily than others. Unfortunately, fat gain or loss is not as predictable as we would like it to be. The fact is that people vary greatly in their susceptibility to gain or lose body fat in response to over- or under-eating.
The portion sizes of foods we commonly consume are too big. Look around and just about everything is available in jumbo sizes. Soft drinks, French fries, coffees, steaks, burgers, bagels, muffins, you name it, all have grown in size over time. Indeed, many food portions are now two to five times larger than they were 50 years ago. And the more food is placed in front of us, the more we eat.
Knowing about a person’s family history, especially the socio-economic conditions that persisted over generations, is important to understand, for example, the correlations between financial or educational limitations and potential lifestyle-related health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Do you sometimes crave a late-night snack, even after you’ve had a big dinner? Or worse, do you find yourself binging at night? If so, you’re not alone. Millions suffer from this problem that often leads to obesity, diabetes, and depression. How does this happen? It’s not a character flaw or an emotional issue, it’s not some psychological trauma that you have to overcome. Mostly, it’s simple biology.