People are obsessed with health and fitness, but more than a third of American adults (78.6 million people), and just about a fifth of children between 2 and 19 years old (12.7 million), are overweight or obese, according to the Journal of American Medicine.
Losing weight is hard work. What people find most difficult about the process, according to Joey Gochnour, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer at Nutrition and Fitness Professional, is the fear of losing their current lifestyle. “They think they will have to give up forever. It's almost a grieving process.”
Other experts agree that people find it challenging to break a habit. “The initial change is like a shock to the system,” says Dr. Lisa R. Young, Ph.D. R.D., C.D.N., a nationally recognized nutritionist and an adjunct professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University.
Once people accept that daily habit modifications must be made, they are concerned with figuring out what they should eat, Gochnour adds. “[But] really the question should be how much should they eat.”
“Most people who go on a diet to lose weight often have trouble with craving unhealthy foods that contributed to their weight gain,” Vitamin Shoppe Nutritionist Brian Tanzer, MS, CNS, says. “People get too focused on the foods they shouldn’t eat or eat less of, rather than on the healthy and nutritious foods they need to eat more of.”
A healthy diet and active lifestyle are what sheds pounds and keeps them off. This is the foundation of staying in shape. But there are many ways, some quite surprising, to achieve the ultimate goal. They range from smelling peppermint and not overeating healthy foods to paying cash for snacks and skipping the gym.