Is There One Recipe for Losing Weight?
Obesity holds an epidemic status in the United States. More than one-third of adults in this country are obese. Conditions linked to obesity such as type 2 diabetes, many forms of cancer, heart disease and stroke are some of the leading causes of preventable death.
In fact, statistics tell us that 44% of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are obese.
Why is this so? Why do so many people struggle with losing weight and keeping it off? The answer is not as easy as it may seem.
Bookstore shelves are bending with how to lose weight books and the obesity epidemic continues to skyrocket upward. In light of this, you might ask, is there a one sure standard tool to use in order to drop the pounds and keep them off? Some say, losing weight is simply a matter of following a strict recipe for success that includes ingredients such as, eating less and moving more.
Current weight loss strategies not working?
How is this formula working so far? For some, it may work very well and the weight might fall off, but for others, it may just add fuel to an already existing and very complicated problem. This tells us that there is not one sure program for success, that the application of a recipe for one person may be just what is needed while for another it only worsens the issue.
While there are definite health benefits for everyone who eats a clean diet and embraces a healthy lifestyle, we have to remember that we are all complex human beings with often complex life stories to match. We are unique and it is our uniqueness that nullifies that one stop recipe for success theory.
In addition to eating well and embracing a healthy lifestyle, many people need much more. Most need a personalized approach that takes into account individual life stories and personal struggles.
This is why so many people fail to stick to diets, fail to drop weight and keep it off.
If we want to truly help, we must first see the person through the pounds. We must develop highly personal and caring programs for each individual that are tailored to their success. It is important not look at people as a statistic or a number on the scale. Learn how to care and learn how to listen. Most of all, stop judging and start helping.
A great place to start is to watch this TEDxMaastricht talk by Anna Verhulst titled, “Recipe to losing weight.”