Are you Overweight or Obese?
Obesity is hardly a new problem. When I was a child, my father was a Minister in the
rural south of England. One of the farmers in the village was quite overweight, and Dad often teased him about the size
of his paunch. The farmer usually just smiled, but one day he replied, Well you see, Rector, it do keep your
knees dry when it rains.
Nowadays, people take their weight problem a good deal more seriously. And with good reason, because, unlike my Dad's
friend, very few people get enough exercise to offset all that weight. So how do you lose those unwanted pounds?
If you want to lose weight and never gain it back, it's usually best to take a steady approach, and aim to lose two or
three pounds a week at the most. You'll find plenty of tips in our articles about how to do that safely and permanently.
Weight Loss Fast
But sometimes that's not practical. Maybe you want to get into a new swimsuit for your vacation, or be 10 pounds lighter
before an important wedding yours or your daughter's! Then you need the help of someone who's been there,
done that. Chris Gibson's amazing book, Rapid Weight Loss by the
Numbers, shows how he lost 28 pounds and three clothes sizes in three weeks, and how you can do it too.
And if you're interested in other ways to lose weight, there are plenty of
web sites, books and courses to help you do just that. To help you lose weight, try
Weight Loss Deadline, and for ways to get more exercise, there's
Treadmills for Exercise and Fitness.
My favourite book is The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, who explains just how little our
genes have changed since the days when we were all hunter-gatherers. Of course, there's no way we can go back entirely
to eating and exercising exactly as we did in the days when the guys were out with the bows and arrows most days and the
girls wandered miles in search of nuts and berries. But there IS plenty we can do to adapt our diets and lifestyles to
be a better fit with those old-fashioned genes, and feel tons better in the process