How to lose weight: Getting started

Weigh yourself regularly to lose weightWhat is the best way to lose weight? I’ve been asked this question by thousands of patients. Scientists  have learnt more in the 21st century about what causes a person to gain weight than in all the other centuries put together. They have published hundreds of thousands of scientific papers on both weight gain and how to lose weight.  And now, finally, the best way to lose weight is gradually becoming clear.  I’ll be explaining this in the next steps.

But I can’t seem to lose weight no matter what I try!

Why don’t people lose weight? I think two things play a big role: incorrect information about what causes weight gain and trying the wrong methods. But the most important reason is not wanting to lose weight badly enough. Let’s face it: losing weight is hard and it’s a slow process. It’s hard because you have to put a lot of effort into it without seeing results straightaway. Making changes to your lifestyle can be difficult for some people. But what I have seen time and time again is that those who do lose weight, want to do it badly enough that they are prepared to make changes and sacrifices. So if you are in that category read on. If you’re not there yet, I hope you will be one day.

How do I know this will work?

The suggestions on this site are all based on scientific research and clinical experience. Over the years, I have been trying to help thousands of my patients who are struggling with the negative effects of being overweight or obese. I tried all the different methods that medical research showed to be effective. I kept those that worked and got rid of ones that didn’t or were too difficult for my patients. Their feedback helped me to refine things further. What you will find on this site is the sum of all these efforts over the years.

I’ve noticed that people try so many different ways to lose weight without success that they tend to lose hope. The good news is that there is a scientifically proven way to lose weight and it works in almost all people (yes, really!). There is no quick fix. But if you follow all the five steps mentioned here and still don’t lose weight, please contact me here.

Recent insights from research

  1. The timing of when you eat can lead to weight gain
  2. Lack of sleep can make you gain weight
  3. Calories from carbs cause more weight gain than the same number of calories from protein
  4. When it comes to losing weight, changing your food intake is far more important than exercise

I will explain all this in the coming pages.

Keep a food diary to help you lose weightGetting Started

Keep a food diary for a few days. Write down everything you ate each day. It will help you review the changes you need to make. It will also make you more aware of the food choices you are making.

Check your weight and buy a weighing machine if you need to. It will help in the coming steps.

Start thinking about what type of food you put into your shopping trolley: Once the wrong food reaches your home, it is only a matter of time before it reaches your tummy. Think about this when you drop something in your trolley at the supermarket. That crucial moment is actually the most important time to start changing food habits!

Change your lifestyle for weight lossIn the following pages, you can click on the R1, R2 and R3 links to read the relevant research articles.  Steps 1 to 4 will show you how to lose weight. But as everyone knows, that is only half the battle. Step 5 will show you how to make sure you don’t regain the weight you lost.

Ready? Let’s start!

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