Face it, we live in a high-calorie world where it's increasingly difficult to maintain a healthy weight, despite unrelenting and unrealistic pressure to look like a supermodel.
What’s a girl to do?
Sure, there are good reasons to not pack on the pounds, but for most of us, it’s easier said than done. In fact, most of us put on an average of two pounds a year, every year, after age 21.
If you do the math, that’s a whopping 58 pounds by age 50.
In a perfect world, we could eat anything we want without facing a litany of health concerns.
We would never face diseases ranging from developing cancer of the colon, kidney, breast, or endometrium. We wouldn't have to worry about heart disease and diabetes, sleep apnea, gallstones, cataracts and even premature death.
Instead we live in an untamed world where inexpensive and readily accessible high-calorie, high-fat, overly processed, heavily marketed foods are part of our daily lives.
Renowned psychologist Kelly Brownell, director of Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, calls this our “toxic food environment.”
So the real questions here are how do we co-exist with the constant pumping of unhealthy foods without starving to death or driving ourselves loco? And how do we stop the pudge from taking over our lives?
It turns out it might not be as hard as it seems.
The first — and easiest goal — is to not put on any more weight. Start by banning those new two extra pounds that could be all yours come Dec. 31. If you are overweight now, start whittling yourself down to a healthy weight, based on your personal body type, height and waist to hip ratio.
Luckily, we have a road map based on what has worked for more than 5,000 other men and women who’ve enrolled in the National Weight Control Registry .
These individuals have successfully lost 30 pounds or more and kept the weight off for at least a year.
So what’s their secret? Here’s a rundown, thanks to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in Boston.
• Ban the strange diets