The yes paradox

Last night I watched a TV show investigating the long term results of slimmers. They showcased a bunch of previous ‘success’ stories, people who’d dropped huge amounts of weight just to gain it back. They interviewed doctors, nutritionists, slimmers themselves and anyone else who seemed to know what they were talking about.

The conclusion from the show was that the body (from a biological stand point) is pre programmed to gain the weight back after a dramatic weight loss. Hmmm… I sat thinking so what’s the point, we’re doomed if we do and we’re doomed if we don’t, so pick your poison mother****** and jog on.

The only thing I couldn’t quite come to terms with is my own results and the results of my clients. We’ve all drop body fat and are quite happily keeping the weight off and living a great balanced life.

All of the people featured on the show had lost weight using their ‘slimming clubs’ method and gained the weight back once they reached their goal and returned to eating normally… Now please correctly if I am missing something, if you make certain food choices and those choices cause you to gain weight and you return to those food choices once you’ve lost weight – you’re going to gain weight again! It’s not your body wanting to be fat again it’s your downright silly dietary choices.

I think the issue is not that certain people are destined to be fat no matter what. I think that it is lack of understanding and education when it comes to eating. A Lack of understanding as to what food is and what certain foods do to your body.

The yes paradox

Let’s confuse you further… When it comes to successful weight loss different things work for different people.

Dear Alex,

Please can you clear up the following:

Q: Can I eat carbs and lose weight?
A: Yes

Q: Can I lose weight on a low carb diet?
A: Yes

Q: Can I eat later at night and lose weight?
A: Yes

Q: Can I eat fat and still lose weight?
A: Yes

Q: Can I lose weight on a lower fat eating plan?
A: Yes

Q: Can I lose weight without exercise?
A: Yes

Q: Can I have everything in moderation?
A: Yes

Q: Should I limit or avoid certain foods if I want to lose weight?
A: Yes

WTF!!! Yes, it’s a minefield out there folks, this is why Google will never replace a good personal trainer (who knows their stuff) or a solidly thought out lifestyle plan – like my one

The yes paradox is what’s killing people, if you ask 10 different ‘experts’ the same question you’ll get different answers and the reason you will is because it all works. The trick is finding something you can stick to – long term. It has to be a lifestyle commitment not a quick fix fad diet. Get used to it people if you want it you have to prioritise it.

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