Why Doctors And Patients Talk Around Our Growing Waistlines : Shots – Health Blog : NPR.

Although genetics can play a role in some cases, the reality is that our culture has become conditioned to think that you can have most things in “10 easy lessons” or over 30 days, weight loss included. The problem is that it’s one of the biggest myths in our society. No one becomes overweight in 30 days nor will they get healthy with pills or 10 easy lessons. You gain weight gradually, over time in small increments where you barely notice it. Incremental changes in lifestyle both to the positive and the negative will affect your health and your weight. Doctors don’t talk about it because that is not what people want to hear, they want immediate results and ‘silver bullets’. It’s possible to accelerate the process with extreme intensity and discipline. TV shows like, The Biggest Loser show that you can shed hundreds of pounds over a six month period but as the show illustrates the level of discipline is enormous and more than most people can bear. The problem with losing weight overnight like that is that people gain it right back, again overnight. Developing and maintaining the lifestyle discipline cannot happen in a crash course.

Want to lose weight, for good? Resolve yourself to small, incremental lifestyle changes of diet, rest, exercise and stress management.

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