A major portion of weight loss industry is desirous of focusing on overweight Americans since for them, money is there only. But the reality is that a large part of the world is also overweight.
The Studies have shown that in the year 2000, forty five percent of adults globally were overweight. People who are overweight are usually at a higher risk of chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis of the knee. Overweight people also die younger than people of normal weight.
The weight loss is a difficult task since a large number of overweight people desire of losing weight for an improvement of their health and appearance. There are wide range of commercial weight loss programs available in the market. Many are exorbitant, capitalizing on the huge demand and a large number of these programs are fruitless.
Each year, millions of Americans and Europeans enroll in self-help and commercial weight loss programs. Health care providers and their obese patients are not familiar with these programs due to the lack of systematic reviews. Regrettably, many patients and their physicians know little about the effectiveness and safety of these programs either.
Few high-quality studies have evaluated weight loss programs. Many of the existing studies present the best case scenario because they do not take into account those who drop out of the program. There is limited evidence to support the effectiveness of major commercial weight loss programs. Patients who plan to use commercial weight loss programs should realize that these programs have not been thoroughly researched.
So, do weight loss programs really work? Some do it in the short term, but the long term results are questionable.
The real effectual way to lose weight is exactly what we all want to ignore: diligent behavior change over time. Altering behavior over time and engaging in a regular exercise routine is what will reduce and keep excess weight off. There is no potion, pill, or magic program. Changing the behavior of what you eat to how you eat it, how much you eat and when is the key to successful long-term weight loss. These are more calories used each day, called calories burned, than consumed, called eating.
If you are battling obesity at random, start changing your behavior today. Use a smart but systematic approach to behavior modification. It may be time-consuming but the permanent and long-term benefits of weight loss will be there.