New beginnings, such as the start of a New Year, are full of promise and hope. After a year like 2020, we’re all looking forward to some changes — and better health in a non-COVID world is sure to be at the top of many wish lists!
For those who formally make resolutions, almost half deal with improved health, followed closely by self-improvement. For many, these resolutions have to do with weight loss and a new and improved body. Who wouldn’t love to be beach-ready by Memorial Day?
But weight loss is hard, and whether you need to lose 10, 50 or 100 pounds — or whatever you’d like to lose — the struggle is real. To be clear, no one is alone in this. Consider these statistics:
- Just about one-third (32%) of adults in the U.S. are overweight
- Nearly another 40% of adults have obesity
- Severe obesity — defined as a body mass index equal to or over 40 — affects 9% of U.S. adults
- At least 20% of the adult population in every U.S. state and territory has obesity
- Children are also affected: about 18% of children and adolescents (between 2 and 19 years) have obesity
Logically we know that carrying too much weight is unhealthy and that we should try to lose weight. So we look to the constantly growing list of weight loss programs that tout the “latest” approach to “guaranteed” weight loss. To complicate things even more, each options seems to contradict the next:
Eat anything except carbs!
Have steak every night!
No red meat ever!
Have tomatoes every day!
Tomatoes are bad for your stomach!
With literally more than 100 diets to choose from, how can anyone begin to know what might work versus what is hype? If we had to research even half of them, we’d gain another 20 pounds from the stress! It’s important to find a program that works for each individual’s specific circumstances.
We’re here to address issues relevant to weight. This includes challenges to weight loss, differences in how men and women gain (and lose) weight, how obesity affects us physically and mentally and more. And if there’s something specific you’d like us to address in this blog, let us know submitting your suggestion in the box below!
Happy New Year and best wishes for your hopeful new beginning!