Before you join any weight loss program, it is more important to have a clear understanding about obesity and the methods of losing weight. Despite the steep rise in the number of overweight people in the U.S. it seems there is confusion prevailing about various aspects of obesity and the right way to approach it. However, the multi-billion dollar weight-loss industry is attracting more people than ever before, despite several instances of contrary results or no-results from non surgical weight loss programs based on dieting and exercise. In this post, the confusion surrounding various obesity facts have been cleared with the expectation that it will lead to better understanding that is essential to counter the threat faced by the obese population.

Are all obese people unhealthy?

The life threatening diseases like diabetes, heart diseases and even a number of cancers that are linked to obesity make it so fearsome. There is a general feeling that all obese people are unhealthy. This is a misconception, to tell the least. Obesity is determined by the total amount of fat in the body but how healthy the person is depends on the location of fat in the body. Accumulating fat around the belly is surely alarming as it invites diseases. But fat in the region of buttocks and the flanks of the body do not carry much risk of disease. Those who have layers of fat around the organs are at high risk of disease. However, instead of doing the difficult task of locating fat in the body, reduction of overall fat should be the target that leads to weight reduction.

Dieting becomes ineffective in the long run

The fact is that dieting can slow down metabolism. As a result, the weight loss that has been achieved through dieting gradually heads towards stagnation. The encouraging results at the beginning tend to reach a stage when there is no further improvement. But this cannot be attributed to reduced metabolism only. What actually happens is that after reaching the stage of stagnation, people tend to deviate from the diet plan that makes the regimen redundant.

Exercise plus dieting reduces weight

5616The widely accepted view that the best weight loss program uses a balanced mix of proper diet and exercise may seem attractive but the truth is something different. The weight that you lose through exercise is much less than the calories that are burnt. Many people gain weight and the average women do not lose weight at all by following the program. This happens because hunger is increased that tend to upset the diet plan and reduction of other physical activities to compensate what is done during exercise.

It has been seen that getting frustrated from the deficiencies of the weight reduction programs people start to feel that they have exhausted all options of weight reduction. This is the time when people turn to bariatric surgery, which by far has been the most proven method of permanent weight reduction in the long run that can eliminate several life risks that obese people have to face.