For many people, sustainable long-term weight loss is very difficult.
However, society right now has a paradoxical expectation; on one hand, we know that the world is in the middle of a global obesity epidemic, yet on the other hand, many still believe that weight loss is a relatively easy process that is often described as ‘mind over matter’.
The emphasis on aesthetics, fitness, bodybuilding, and being ridiculously good looking almost makes being ‘normal’ seem unusual.
While some people do lose weight quickly (and all credit to them), it’s a very skewed sample and rarely represents an average result (particularly in the long term). Unfortunately, being bombarded with these messages can really alter reasonable expectations when it comes to weight loss.
To give you some perspective, currently around 5% of people can actually sustain long term weight loss. The remainder of people tend to initially do quite well, but unfortunately hit a plateau where they just can’t get beyond. And as we know, this is tightly regulated by an area in the brain called the hypothalamus (the area we target with Modius).
So, either people tend to get discouraged, and eventually give up, or they have one bad weekend and the weight seems to pile back on almost immediately.
A big issue is that not everyone appreciates just how much influence other factors will have on the hypothalamus (and ultimately how easily you will or won’t lose weight). This is something that is not understood by those who are naturally lean – or those who claim, ‘you aren’t trying hard enough’.
Medication is one of the most commonly seen factors, yet strangely it is often forgotten. The medication will no doubt be there for a good reason, but if you notice weight gain when starting, it’s almost certainly going to make the entire process more difficult.
Similarly, genetics will play a crucial role. If for example, you come from a long line of people who struggle with their weight, then the statistics indicate that you will find it harder.
nd to really add insult to injury, another disease such as diabetes or an underactive thyroid will almost inevitably make weight loss even more difficult.
It’s crazy how many things influence weight loss. Of course, nutrition and physical activity are paramount, but let’s not forget sleep, stress, the microbiome (bacteria in the gut), epigenetics, smoking, alcohol and age.
So, what should we expect?
Well let’s look at the stats! Medications that are specifically designed to help weight loss probably get you an extra 0.6 lbs. per month over the course of a year.
While 0.6 lbs. per month sounds modest, it is indeed significant. The actual benefit (to your overall health) of maintaining weight loss should not be underestimated. Plus, these figures are across a wide range of people, with different diseases, medications, genetics etc. so take solace, the weight loss will come (albeit probably a little slower than everyone wants).
As I mention to begin with, some people can lose weight quickly. The REAL challenge however, is to have a desired and healthy weight over a long period of time, or at least make it easier to stay there. This is a battle that takes place within the brain. So, keep in mind this is not a race, it’s not even a marathon… it’s life!
And that’s the cornerstone of our approach with Modius. We want this to be a change for life. So, that means making small, gradual changes that can be sustained over a long period of time. Modius was designed to make that journey more bearable, but it’s still a journey nonetheless.
Modius Life, our community, is made up of our beloved backers with a wide range of bodies, weight loss techniques, and expectations. Regardless, the goals we have for everyone are the same; improve health, reduce excess fat, and help everybody live longer, happier lives.