Q: I am a 26 year old woman who has tried everything, but I cannot get my weight down. My goal is 105 lbs. I am 5’4” and weigh 140 lbs. I have been as high as 155 and as low as 128. It seems that as soon as I get under 130 it shoots right up again. Any suggestions?
A: It is said that inside every overweight person is a skinny one trying to get out. This typical scenario, also called the “battle of the bulge”, is fought equally by men and women alike. Appearances are important and it is clear that svelte women and flat bellied men fare better in the job market and tend to suffer fewer health problems in the long term. But is a targeted weight appropriately the objective of a weight reduction program? I say NO! Good health should be the objective.
Many fad diets are short term, could be dangerous, and may not address nutritional needs. Weight loss is temporary and rebounds when the diet changes. Often the weight may elevate to higher levels. The secret is to get weight down with minor adjustments to eating patterns and a change in activity - regular disciplined exercise. The adjusted diet should never sacrifice required nutrients.
Most of us will never have a model’s figure; many of them have that figure due to unhealthy eating practices. A body well toned from exercise with disciplined eating habits that reduce fats, provide adequate vegetables, grain, and include fruits will bring you to your ideal weight. That is weight loss for the long term.
I am proud to say that I lost 25 pounds over a five year period. I have a daily exercise routine, watch what and how much I eat, and avoid temporary fixes from fad diets.