If your family is overweight, then there is the possibility that there is a genetic factor connected to your condition.
But don't throw in the towel and think,
"Oh that's it then!"
Pills and dieting alone will not cause you to lose weight. If you under-eat, your body will sense an emergency and begin to store up fat cells for its own survival. And furthermore, you will have that constant feeling of hunger, which will eventually drive you to your kitchen, no matter how determined or strong willed you may think you are.
For the last two years I have been assigned a program by the nurse I have consulted about a matter of concern - I was obese.
First she asked me about me eating habits.
What I was doing wrong:
Far too big a breakfast in the morning, large dinner in the evening, a large bowl of cereal late at night, high sugar intake in coffee, tea, cookies, cakes and confectionery.
Smaller breakfast and evening meal, snack during the day, intake of grapefruit juice and cottage cheese. Reduction of sugar intake in all foods and beverages, increase of fresh fruit and yogurt. Reduction of confectionery, cookies, cakes and chocolate, instead go for fresh fruit for desserts, not puddings or custard. When hungry, go for a cottage cheese sandwich (brown bread, not white), a yogurt and/or fresh fruit. Avoid fried stuff, including fries which is saturated with fat. Also avoid packet of salted crisps/chips, whatever.
The nurse gave me a progressive series of daily exercises before breakfast, at home.
1. Lie on your back with your feet under a heavy piece of furniture such as a sideboard or chest of drawers, yet remaining comfortable. With your hands by your side, lift your upper body about two or three inches, then lower and repeat about ten times, gradually increasing to 60. You should feel the tension at your lower belly muscles.
2. Again with your feet under a heavy piece of furniture, lie down and hold your arms straight out horizontally, that is parallel to the floor, and lift your upper body until its upright while keeping your extended arms straight and horizontal. Lower to lying down position and repeat up to 20 times. Again, the tension will hit your lower abdomen.
3. With the feet under the furniture, lie on the floor with your fingers behind each ear and your elbows extending out. Raise your upper body to sitting position and as you do so bring your right elbow as near to your left knee. Lower to resting position then lift again, this time bring your left elbow to your right knee. Repeat each alternately 10 times, making 20 lifts altogether.
Strengthens your waistline.
The Elliptical cross trainer is perhaps the best equipment for weight loss.
I started with a low resistant 30 minute workout, progressing up to cardio level, 50 minute workout which I can burn up to 1,120 calories per session. Due to a tight timetable, I can only manage this about twice a week, but it's effective.
Running with a partner is very beneficial to weight loss. Up to twice a week, starting with a short distance and increasing. My first run was only 20 minutes long, increasing to an hour. It depends where you live, but I'm fortunate enough to use the trail passing through the woods.
Over 18 months I lost about five stone. But you'll need stickability and determination, along with a good dose of patience. The weight will come off slowly, but once off it should stay off.