68% of all adults in Britain are overweight or obese. That’s nearly ¾ of the population, and it’s growing. The reasons and the cures for the problem are as numerous as there are researchers and commentators. The weight loss industry is worth billions and with so many people having a financial stake in the waistline issue, finding a way through the mountains of wordage and offers of cures becomes increasingly harder.
Let me put before you a few straightforward facts that might aid your search for the answer:
•If your waist is bigger than 32”/80cm (men 40”/120cm) you are at greater risk of cardio vascular disease, diabetes and stroke (World Health Organisation).
Fat cells grow in 2 ways: size and number. The periods that fat cells grow in number are in: the third trimester of pregnancy, the first year of life and during adolescence. The latter is why there is such a panic about children being sedentary because this is building a generation of large adults.
You can be the same weight at 50 as you were at 20
By young adulthood, the number of fat cells you have stays the same into later adulthood but what then happens is they grow or shrink depending on whether you are eating more or less calories than you are using. So if there are for example 100,000 fat cells when you are 20 there are still 100,000 when you are 50. The weight and waist gain is quite frankly down to eating too much or not moving enough to use up the calorie input and the fat cells expand. Therefore, if you eat less and move more you should be able to reverse the situation and be the same weight you were at 20!
Now before you are all up in arms with ‘what about….’ I know its not quite that simple and that things like life have taken their toll and some medications get in the way of weight loss and that as we age our metabolic rate slows down etc and new research indicates that in the morbidly obese fat cells might split and create new cells. We are also inundated with news about this diet or that food having a specific effect and although they might be correct in a smaller scale, overall the principle still stands. Most diets (except ketogenic diets) whatever they profess actually work because their underlying principle is based on calorie deficit.
Finally, before you think I’m being silly, I became my own guinea pig. I was spending much more time writing and sitting down and had put on weight. Since June, I reduced my calorie intake by reducing amounts and cutting out starches whilst making an effort to do 30 minutes exercise a day. Very straight forward, very simple. I have lost 2 ½ stone and am now the same weight I was when I was 20. Why not give it a try? What have you got to lose?