Top 4 effective ways to lose weight- It may surprise you
Well, well, well.
1. Eating less fat.
2. Exercising. (Again, no rocket science around here.)
3. Using prescription weight loss drugs.
4. Joining a commercial weight loss program.
(The least effective way to lose weight? According to the article, “Liquid diets, fad diets, and using herbs and over-the-counter dietary products, on the other hand, weren’t linked with weight loss.”)
Initially I was surprised by the results of the study, and then I was not surprised at all. Doesn’t make any sense? Let me explain.
It wasn’t the first two that surprised me. Obviously the eating less fat and exercising is the best way to lose weight, everybody and their grandma’s dog knows that. Nor was I surprised by the prescription weight loss… it all seemed very logical to me. What surprised me was that joining a weight loss program proved to be one of the four most effective ways to lose weight and keep weight off.
Then, I thought about it a little. And then it didn’t surprise me at all. Of course a weight loss program would provide the structure and the organization needed to stick to and achieve a goal. Of course a weight loss program would provide the motivation and inspiration needed when the road gets rough, when the battle is uphill. Of course a weight loss program would provide both the physical and emotional support needed when we are frustrated and losing hope and on the verge of giving up.
Yes, it all made so much sense to me.
Interestingly enough, the study discovered that although associated with good results, weight loss programs are used only by a small proportion of Americans. That many people fail to take advantage of this option as an effective tool for losing weight. That too many people try to lose weight alone- without the structure, the motivation, the support that a weight loss program provides.
So I guess what I’ve been trying to say amidst a lot of ramblings and wonderings is this:
Congratulations. You are already involved in a weight loss competition program, you are already employing one of your greatest tools to lose weight, and you’re already ahead of most Americans in finding an effective way to improve your health- just because you joined us.
You’re a smart bunch aren’t you?
But, of course, we already knew that.