The relationship between diet and weight loss is a complex one, to say the least. At best it can be described as perplexing, especially when some people go on the strictest of diets and actually gain weight, other people go on diets and remain the same weight and still others go on diets and it works a treat. There seems to be a lot of discussion and controversy around what components are contained in the diet / weight loss equation. One thing that sticks out more than others is the fact that no one formula suits everyone. There just does not seem to be a `one size fits all answer`.
This phenomenon is due to the fact that we all have different levels of physical fitness, and therefore different levels of cardio vascular rate, metabolism and self discipline. Once one understands this it then becomes apparent that the ability to lose weight, and then maintain a steady body weight relies on a combination of all of these factors. Each of them must be maintained in the correct proportions to prevent an imbalance occurring in any one area
An example of imbalance would be when people go on water only diets, lose weight fast but do not sustain their dietary needs, The result, of course, then becomes apparent in loss of strength, immune system deficits and other health issues arising from being overly focused on one aspect of health whilst ignoring other ones
Every aspect of our health is important. The human can be compared to a very complex machine, where all parts must be maintained properly in order to function correctly. Each part is dependent on its neighbor to remain healthy. This cannot be overstressed, especially when it comes to weight gain and weight loss.
How one goes about resolving the issue of shedding excess weight will depend on the individual. Time, money, focus and determination all play a big part in determining how successful you may or may not be in achieving your goals. This too, is another, whole separate issue. Your goal, to lose weight must be realistic. You must realize that to lose too much too soon can be extremely dangerous, and in some cases the effects can be irreversible.
Ideally you should be aiming to see small degrees of progress, over time, and be setting your self up for long term success, as opposed to short term success but longer term failure. This means setting out a plan, one which encompasses each aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, whilst still achieving the goal of losing weight.
This usually includes a balance in the following areas of life:
- Possibly some counseling.
For those people who are unable to accept the fact that correct diet and correct exercise go hand in hand when achieving sustainable weight loss then the option of counseling is strongly suggested.