You may think that shedding unwanted pounds can be achieved by simply eating less and counting calories, but according to studies, yo-yo dieting – repeatedly losing weight by dieting and subsequently regaining it – can actually be bad for your health.
Experts and nutritionists have been advocating the alternative to ‘losing weight’ – it is achieving healthy body weight. What’s the difference between the two? Losing weight tends to have a short-term focus – if you reduce food intake, and burn more calories than you consume, over a particular timeframe, you will lose weight. But because it is hard to sustain this effort over the long haul, any positive results are generally temporary in nature. Achieving a healthy body weight has a long-term focus and involves more elements than just calories consumed versus calories burned. It’s about tackling issues that go much deeper than daily food consumption. A healthy body weight focuses on the myriad of critical factors related to your habits, history and lifestyle that cause you to gain weight and make it difficult to lose weight. These factors are just as important, if not more important, than the amount and types of food you eat.
The key is taking a long-term and holistic perspective, rather than a short-term and limited one. Shedding weight and achieving a healthy body weight is a process. It takes time. But the results are likely to be more sustainable and enduring than traditional dieting.
Alan Winters is a partner in ProActive Health Solutions and co-founder of the Vigoroom.com site, whose mission is to bring more energy, strength and vitality into member’s lives. Vigoroom helps people lose weight, get in shape, sleep better, reduce stress, relieve money worries and much more. Alan spent over twenty years in the entertainment industry, as an executive and as producer for companies like NBC, FOX, ABC and Discovery Networks. His passion has always been fitness and healthy living, and he is accountable for the content and talent that is part of the Vigoroom platform.