I've worked with many obese and overweight patients through the years and often I could turn folks around with some good advice and some commitment to self help on the part of the patient. I created a full blown blog on the subject here: http://loseweight.intervalinc.com but I like to spread my message around some and that's how I found myself here!
This is just the first post on this blog, so I can come down to ground level and start talking about what I'm going to be talking about in later posts. That of course will be mainly to do with more than just losing weight, but by managing a person's weight in such a way that they help themselves to regain the correct weight they should be according to their height and build.
So to start things off, here are some thoughts on the process of body mass maintenance that means reducing the numbers on the scales in terms of pounds!
Keep to a Weight Loss Routine to Improve Success
I really get a lot of enjoyment out of working towards maintaining a healthy and happy body that stays pretty much at its correct weight all of the time. I do it not by jumping onto crash or fad diets, starving myself of the things I like to eat or punishing myself in a gym.
I do it by keeping up a daily routine that I have done for many years that doesn't really restrict anything I do apart from including some healthy activities. I find that sticking to a weight loss routine brings success in the initial stages and then the important work really starts by maintaining that level of success.
That meals continuing with a daily routine that is sufficient to keep the body's pound tally in the right place and to allow a relatively free diet as long as I don't go overboard on any one thing. It works and has worked for many years without very much effort at all.
Anyone can create and then stick to their own routine and it will be different for different people because we all like and dislike different things. Mine comprises little more than taking an hour out of every day to make sure I get the right exercises to keep me fit and being sensible about what I eat. The rest takes care of itself.