Obesity remains a worldwide health issue. In fact, more than 1.9 billion adults meet the criteria according to the World Health Organization. We’ll not be able to effectively treat cardiovascular disease or diabetes until we tackle obesity.
Factors To Consider With Weight Loss
There are several things to consider when looking at effective weight loss programs for you:
- Which approach is best: surgical, medications, food modification
- What also needs to be considered: current health status, genetics, follow-through
- Goal: health benefits vs. cosmetic
For Success, Realism Is Key
There’s often a discrepancy between what is a realistic goal using diet and exercise and what can be realistically achieved.
For Health Benefits
Even a modest 5%-10% weight loss can yield significant health gains. Followers of the Mediterranean Diet and DASH Diets have experienced beneficial results.
For Cosmetic Benefits
Diet regimens that include lower caloric food plans may benefit weight loss. Sometimes, surgical interventions work well here too.
There Is No One Way To Lose Weight Correctly
Science has shown that individual weight loss approaches worked well for some but did not work at all for others. In fact, a case study of over 400 studies and peer-reviewed articles on obesity found a very high degree of variability when looking at effectiveness.