Best way to lose weight
Researchers at the University of Alicante in Spain have shown that keeping a photo diary can keep dieters motivated, making them more likely to achieve their target weight.They believe taking photo of yourself each week is key to weight loss in the study published on Science Daily. With almost half of adults being obese or overweight in urban areas, the battle of the bulge is turning into full-scale warfare. While some are probably unmoved over their unhealthy weight, there are many who do realize that they need to do something about losing their extra kilos. As everyone knows, there are only two sure-fire non-invasive ways of losing weight including controlling diet and exercising.But University of Alicante in Spain study adds another twist to the theories of how best to lose weight.Isaac Elías Kuzmar Daza, a medical professional from Colombia and more recently a PhD student at the university, studied the motivation levels of patients on weight loss programs at a nutrition clinic in Colombia.It was deemed that these photographs were key to the participants’ weight loss success. Mercedes Rizo Baeza, the thesis director at the university, explains: “After all, it is very gratifying to literally see yourself get slimmer over time.”Having read their findings, there’s no doubt main problem that many people face in practicing methods of wight loss is plain and simple willpower.It is undoubtedly difficult controlling one’s diet and eating portions when there are so many delicious dishes available all around us, all the time.
As those who have tried to diet knows, it is all too easy to make excuses to have “just one” piece of biscuits or Black Forest, or “just one more” piece of fried rib, while promising themselves they will eat less at the next meal to “make it up”.Trust me those stunts don’t work and how I have managed to keep fit is through disciplined eating habits. In the University of Alicante study, out of the 271 participants, 71.3 per cent met their weight loss objectives. The experiment lasted for 16 weeks and involved participants aged between 16 and 72. Two hundred and thirty-three of the 271 participants were female.It’s important to note that this finding correlates with the fact that the majority of the patients who attended the clinic did so motivated by image.Another useful finding of University of Alicante University study was that patients did not necessarily need to attend the clinic in person for the program to be effective. A support line was set up, which patients could call to submit their measurements. They also took and sent their own full body photographs to the researcher. Rizo Baeza notes in summary that “What patients want is a photo, rather than cold numbers.” These photos serve as visual confirmation that all their hard work is paying off, spurring them on to further weight loss.My experience of working effortlessly to jeep fit has proved that for those who try to start an exercise program to say, “I had such a long day, I’ll just exercise this weekend” or “I forgot to bring my exercise boxer, so guess I’ll just skip this week’s session”, also usually with the often-unfulfilled intent of making it up later. It is always easy to find excuses to avoid doing something we find difficult, so at the end of the day, it all boils down to having the willpower to resist temptation and sticking to your proscribed diet and/or exercise plan, no matter what.
A friend of mine three months did a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is reduced to about 25 per cent of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, this week shared a telling example of why keeping fit is not no longer optional for those folks with extra weight.Of the four patients who underwent surgery with him on the same day, one had gastric bypasses lost weight and since then including himself none of them has lost weight and instead they have put it back.This form of gastrectomy involves removing most of the stomach so that it only has a volume of about 125ml. This causes the patient to feel full after consuming only a small amount of food or fluid.The main disadvantage of this operation is that the stomach can stretch and expand back to its normal size after awhile.As such, patients need to adhere to exercise and diet plans given by their physiotherapists and dieticians in order to continue losing weight, or maintaining their weight loss.Currently, he weighs 138kg, a 1 per cent decrease from his pre-operative weight, and aims to go down two more kilograms to his ideal weight of 90kg. He is now religiously allocating at least 20 minutes everyday for exercise, and it has become second nature to her to always look out for the healthier food option while eating or grocery shopping.His dedication and willpower to stay the course stems from a thought that is constantly at the back of his mind, “that I could go back to what I once was; after all, it has happened before”. That extra push, as I have seen from my friend’s experience, the willpower to stick to dieting and exercise can be the difference between losing weight or gaining it all back, even with the help of weight reduction surgery.
The reason why I dread weight is because of a nephew whose weight issues have followed him his whole life.My nephew was a chubby baby, a fat tween, an overweight teen, and a morbidly obese young adult. His body mass index was in the morbidly obese range. The obesity clinic that he went to in Melbourne, Australia told him that the weight was shortening his life.But he still had to be strong armed into seeing the doctors at the clinic at first. Despite being told and reminded to make an appointment at the monthly obesity clinic, he kept delaying doing so, insisting that “I should lose weight on my own” and that was relocating to Wagga Wagga where he could do exercise on his own.I vividly recall how I made the appointment for him at a rehabilitation clinic, and simply told him to go. He was so furious with me and called me names. “Why Contador Harrison are you interfering in my life?!”My nephew, by then was experiencing symptoms from his excessive weight, like constant fatigue from obstructive sleep apnoea, an aching back, knees that were threatening to give out, being unable to bend over, and increasing difficulty in driving, among others.Eventually some events as a young adult that scared him into doing something serious about his weight which seeing a photo of himself overflowing a chair at a friend’s birthday party, and seriously panting and sweating after simply bending down to pick up something.It was my nephew’s woes that made me swore that until death, me and weight will forever be enemies.