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Not Every Weight Loss Plan Is Sustainable, Ask These 4 Questions

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The desire to look smart or athletic provokes effort to lose weight. Weight loss not only has cosmetic advantage, among those in whom it is necessary, but it improves their health status. The end however doesn’t always justify the means, as certain weight loss plans are not sustainable, may precipitate other health conditions, or a combination of these.


Available are ‘mixtures,’ ‘shakes,’ ‘herbs,’ all commercially prepared to help weight loss. Neither am I recommending nor discouraging them. But before you use any of these, ask the following questions.

4 Questions When Selecting a Weight Loss Plan

1. Is this approach to lose weight widely accepted to be safe and effective?

2. Is it sustainable in terms of cost?

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3. Is the effect on me palatable? Some of these weight loss ‘medicines’ have purgative effect hence causing diarrhea in the individual which makes them not to absorb nutrients from
the diet they take. The ensuing loss of nutrients and water therefore leads to weight loss. Some experience flatulence- excessive intestinal gas.

4. Does this approach negatively affect the effectiveness of recommended medications for certain diseases- hypertension, diabetes mellitus- etc? Imagine using a recommended medication alongside a weight loss ‘medicine’

that prevents your stomach and intestine from absorbing food and other medications. Such individuals will record weight loss- a satisfactory outcome-but poor control of their diseases- not desired right?
Weight loss can be achieved through simpler, cost-effective approach. Take for instance the weight loss people ALWAYS experience during CONSISTENT annual religious fast. This weight loss results from reduced intake of food while normal activities continue.

It therefore means that weight loss can be achieved by reducing your intake (carbohydrate, protein, and fat) AND increasing activity. SIMPLE! While 30 minutes of moderate exercise (jogging, brisk walking, cycling, swimming, and other aerobic activities) are recommended for health maintenance and disease prevention. Those who desire weight loss or should lose weight need to double the time- 1 hour. This approach is cost-effective, has no health hazard, reduces the dose of medications among those using daily anti-hypertensive or anti-diabetic drugs, et cetera.

From Dr. Ademola Orolu Facebook status.

Also take a look at this story where healthy weight adults reveal habits for success. Note that most of them never dieted, 96% said they ate breakfast and for breakfast, 51% included fruits and vegetables, 44% had fruit, and 21% included nuts. But if you are going to ever consider a weight loss surgery, this is the most important question you should ask your doctor before weight loss surgery.