I wanted to start by thanking everyone who has already enrolled in our NEW YEAR, NEW YOU weight loss program.  Everyone seems to be doing very well.  

I would like bring up some important facts about weight loss to help those of you who are in the program and anyone else that would care to join. To join the program, just sign up with us on our forum, then subscribe to the thread, to participate. The program is completely FREE and consists of nurses who are helping themselves and each other lose weight.  There are recipes, inspirational material and advice from other nurses.  Here's the link for the program  Weight loss for nurses.

"If you reduce your calorie intake you'll eventually shrink your stomach, and you won't be as hungry." This is a common MYTH.  When you become an adult, your stomach will remain about the same size, unless you have surgery to make it smaller. However, by reducing your calorie intake you can reset your "appetite thermostat."  In other words your body will adapt to the calorie change and you won't feel as hungry, but it takes a little while for this to occur. 
Also, remember that losing weight is quite simple really, although people make it much more difficult than it actually is.  If you are eating more calories than your body needs, then you will gain weight, because your body will store fat in your adipose cells. Your DNA has the set number of adipose cells you will have for your entire life. You don't grow more adipose cells as you gain weight. The cells you have just get fuller.  

The calories that you intake every day, dictate your weight.  For instance, if you're 190lbs, you need an average of 3000 calories to maintain that weight. If you eat more than this, then you gain weight, eat less and you lose.  So it's in your best interest to figure out your goal weight and then you can calculate how many calories you need to maintain that weight. Once you have that calorie amount figured, then you know you need to eat that many calories per day and you will eventually be that weight.  You can even Google..."How many calories does it take to maintain (Insert your goal weight)." 

Now if you are extremely overweight you can't just start taking in 1200 calories a day, when you have been eating 3 or 4,000 a day. You need to gradually lower your intake. For this you should really consult with your physician.  If you try extreme dieting, by cutting calories drastically, your body will be miserable and will take it out on you, in the form of horrible hunger pangs, headaches and other nasty side effects. It pays to go slow.  You didn't gain all those pounds in just a few weeks and you won't lose them that fast either.  This is a process and it takes time, just like anything worth waiting for.  If you hit a plateau, don't panic and give up.  Stay with the plan we have provided and keep up the good work. It will pay off, if you work at it.