This is not a diet blog. Diets don't work. As I point out in the Younger Next Year books: "the message from thousands of studies, over decades of medical research, is clear: Never go on a diet again. The only way to lose weight is to embark on a program of steady, vigorous exercise, avoiding the worst foods being thrust upon you in our national diet and eating less of everything."
That's the starting point for your understanding of your weight, and how to manage it, but it's not the whole story. How you eat, what you eat, when you eat, why you eat and how you feel about it all play into the biology of your weight. So do sleep, stress, and exercise and activity. Culture turns out to control a large part of your weight, friends and family have a major influence, and of course genetics have an underlying role in determining how hard or easy it is for you to gain and lose weight in different circumstances.
These are not nebulous concepts. They are all biological control mechanisms for your weight, and they control it in very specific, and predictable ways. That's great news, because it means that once you understand them, you will take charge of your weight. You will be in control of nature's mechanisms, and you will decide how you want to live your life. Because every lifestyle decision you make affects your weight in specific ways.
If you are ready to step up to the plate, you can make this work. It will take a certain amount of work, and it will take time. If you are ready for that, it will also be fun, fascinating and will change your life.
For once, no one is promising you an easy, or a simple solution, and that should come as a relief. I'm going to walk you through this, step by step, topic by topic, and at the end, your own best strategies for losing weight and keeping it off for the rest of your life will be clear.
One note up front. You won't hear a single word about supplements, diets, medications or miracle cures because none of them work. I don't have a single product endorsement to my name, and I'm not selling anything but knowledge, and the promise that you can take charge.
Next Week: Realistic weight loss expectations
This is the first in a series! Check back often to get advice on losing weight without diets by changing your overall attitude toward diet and exercise.
Published On: September 27, 2007