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Lose Weight During 2021 by Following This Weight Loss Experiment

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Experimenting with weight loss

Do you believe that losing up to ½ pounds per day on average over a one-month period is impossible? That it requires the most stringent dietary plan that is nearly impossible to follow? And, that it requires non-stop exercising? Based on my experience with weight loss I would have to answer “No,” “No,” and “No.”

With a new focus on how to lose weight during 2021, future Emaxhealth articles will follow the exploits of the intrepid Dr. Boyer as he reviews and re-evaluates past weight loss health articles and puts what he has learned into actual practice in a personal weight loss experiment to help others discover what works and does not work when trying to lose weight.


The Genesis of This Self-Experiment on Losing Weight

For the past two decades, my weight has fluctuated from 220 to 235 pounds; And I was ok with that. However, after nearly a year of COVID, I found that my weight had crept up to almost 245 pounds. Finally, I had reached a number that I could no longer ignore and decided that now was the time to do something about my weight.

Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I started dieting. I know that it sounds like a crazy time to start a diet, but I wanted to ease into the idea and give myself time to make some dietary changes before the beginning of the New Year. A priming of the pump if you will.

After one month, I found that I had lost an average of ½ pounds per day. Crazy, right? But after pondering why the weight dropped so fast for me, it didn’t sound so crazy. In fact, after years of writing health articles that included obesity, diet plans, weight loss tips and probably watching more episodes of Dr. Oz than any guy should ever admit to, I realized that I had amassed a considerable amount of info on how to lose weight.

Now, I am not a dietician or a nutritionist. And, I am not selling weight loss products or plans. I am a scientist who understands a little about critical thinking, knows how to interpret research studies, and possesses a pretty good internal BS detector. Plus, I wanted to take a different approach to this year’s health articles. Hence, this weight loss experiment.

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Things to Come

The secret to those first 15 pound lost is that there is no secret. The findings and advice I will write about will become more commonsensical once you begin to understand the approach I am taking—and will be taking—as this dieting experiment progresses…evolves…or blows up in my big fat face. In fact, how dieting should be approached, I believe, is the only secret behind what results in dieting failure…or success.

The itinerary for now is to begin by discussing how I managed to lose an average of ½ pounds per day for 30 days, and how this relates to the information provided in past weight loss articles.

Then, the articles will progress into following whether I can manage to continue to lose weight; and if so, discuss what I have been doing that works and does not work. In addition, we can expect to see what happens when I begin to dabble with other popular dieting methods, as well as keep you updated on any new weight loss research that is published in 2021.

My hope (aside from continuing to lose weight) is that this will be a useful approach to weight loss that is not only informative, but entertaining as well. Besides, whether trying my approach works for you or not, what is there to lose—except weight.

Timothy Boyer has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. For 20+ years he has been employed as a freelance health and science writer. Today, with an eye on the latest news, Timothy continues writing about science with a focus on what you need to know for healthier living. For continual updates about health, you can also follow Timothy on Twitter at TimBoyerWrites.

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