I did find the answer but more about that in a minute.
One of the things that most struck me was the setting of the target and time to achieve it. Usually achievable as long as the diet was followed. However there was not a real reason for choosing the specific target that was just a weight figure. The real reason I was wanting the loss was clinical as I had high blood pressure. If I had kept a target of reaching a weight where I knew more about the physiological effects would the target have been different.
And what would that target be?
Now I don’t read a journal call Cell Metabolism over breakfast – in fact it is almost impossible to read for 99 per cent of people out there. However there has been a report in there this week about research carried at the University of Washington in the US.
They did some studies on 40 obese people losing weight on diets.
Important weight loss findings:
The first few pounds may be the hardest to shed, but they are by far the best. Obese people only have to lose 5 percent of their body weight to achieve a marked improvement in their health from rejuvenated liver to a low risk of diabetes. The scientists checked their research participants at 5 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent milestones. They recorded a range of health markers including cholesterol, blood sugar, and insulin sensitivity, a key measure of the risk of diabetes.
Oliver Moody in ‘The Times’ reports that Samuel Klein who is director of the university’s centre for human nutrition said this:
“The biggest bang for your buck”
“The guidelines for treating obesity recommend a 5 to 10 percent weight loss, but losing 5 percent of your weight is much easier than losing 10 percent. So it may make more sense for patients to aim at the easier target.”
“If you weigh 200 lbs, you will be doing yourself a favour if you can lose 10 lbs and keep it off. You don’t have to lose 50 lbs to get important health benefits”
The last paragraph contains a very important phrase.
Keeping the Weight Loss – KEEP IT OFF!
The answer for me a few years ago was realising that everything – yes everything was in the mind – I needed a new mindset.
The answer was nothing to do with different foods and calories etc – it was just looking at what I was doing that was affecting the body shape I wanted and the health benefits I needed.
Using a self-hypnosis audio from my friend Adam Eason was the answer. I was able to change a lot of habitual things that were getting in my way.
- My portions on my plate were too large and I would often go up for second helpings. Eating until I felt full (that is actually uncomfortable) and eating too fast.
- Snacking in between meals – enough said aren’t all those snacks just full of sugar.
- Using the wrong cook books. Why are my two most thumbed books now by Dave Myers and Si King – The Hairy Dieters.
- As for puddings I started by cutting them down in size but in time I began to feel that I didn’t want them and they became quite unpalatable. Just bizarre – I don’t even want sticky puddings any more.
- When I see James Martin on Saturday Kitchen adding more butter to his meal I just think UGGHH!
So that is that – I don’t really now have to think about it at all – I have just acquired new good habits. I am habitually weight sorted.
I really do think that self-hypnosis and thinking about your particular habits that are controlling your weight for you can be your helper.
To get hold of Adam Eason please check out – ‘Mind Your Weight’
The first 5 per cent is all you need worry about – that is great news.