Thanks to the agricultural technology, we are living in the time of abundance. You can find almost everything you want to eat in the supermarket. On the other side of these flourish, there always are shades. According to 2009 survey, 63% of American are overweight or obese. Many people actively seeking ways to lose weight and stay fit. However, success rate is not so high. Successful at long-term weight loss are usually defined as losing at least 10% of initial body weight and maintaining the loss for at least 1 year.
Question arise at that points. Why can't I lose and maintain weight even though I tried harder to eat healthy and stay active? There are loopholes that you might not notice.
First, women are generally eating salads to restrict calorie intake to lose weight. Salad are mostly lettuce with some white meat and dressing. Lettuce contains a lot of water and cold in nature. When cold food goes into your body, it will slow down your metabolism. During the summer time, since you may lose body fluid thru sweat, you need to replenish it by eating seasonal fruits and veggies. During the winter, you don't need that much of water in your diet. Enjoy your salad during the summer and winter veggies such as cabbages, radishes, pumpkins during the winter.
Second, weight loss using only certain types of food or just reducing food intake could give you a quick result. However, if you are back on normal diet pattern, your weight can come back too. Best way to prevent yo-yo effect is to maintain normal diet pattern and change portions and food item step by step. You may reduce refined Carbohydrate(white bread or pasta) and increase veggie intake. Eating slowly also helps to prevent overeating.
Third, If you have certain medical condition, it would be harder to lose weight only with diet and exercise. you need to treat those conditions first to make your body balanced. Just taking a pill to reducing the symptoms are not enough and sometimes harmful to your overall health. Oriental Medicine approach can give you an answer to your hard-to-treat or untreatable diseases.