Adele was not only amazing for winning five awards at the Grammys, the British singer also marked another, less noticed achievement. She’s maintained her svelte figure follow a dramatic weight loss, defying the odds most dieters face when they lose weight.
The sad fact is, 65 percent of people who lose weight regain it — and usually add a few pounds — within a few months or years, according to health experts and dietitians.
In the United States, obesity has reached epidemic proportions, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among people 20-years-old or older, 68 percent are either obese or overweight.
At the same time, as many as 45 million Americans say they are dieting at any given moment. And most of those are what’s known as “rebounders.”
Gary Foster, Ph.D., clinical director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania, says nearly 65 percent of dieters return to their pre-dieting weight within three years.
Those who go on crash diets fare even worse. Only 5 percent of people who lose weight on a crash diet will keep the weight off, according to Wellsphere, a health and fitness Web site sponsored by Stanford University.
Yet, Adele has proved to be an exception to the rule.
Celebrity Health & Fitness first began chronicling Adele’s struggle with her weight nearly two years ago. The singer, real name Adele Adkins, kept a low profile following the birth of son Angelo in 2012.
Before then she had been steadily trying to lose weight, and had showed some improvement. But for the most part she’d been yo-yoing like most dieters.
But when Adele released the music video for “Hello,” a track from her highly anticipated third album, 25, she looked sensational.
“Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties,” Adkins wrote at the time on Facebook.
“Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk. My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record.”
She dramatically lost weight following her pregnancy. The secret to keeping it off has been a vegetarian diet and running workouts.
The weight loss and health benefits of vegan and vegetarian diets are no surprise to Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.
“A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature — predominantly plants — is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention,” said Katz, in his book “Disease-Proof.”
Two years later, Adele still has a show-stopping figure. She’s cut back on sugar, given up smoking and still exercising regularly.
I’m not, like, skipping to the fucking gym. I don’t enjoy it. I do like doing weights’, she told Rolling Stone.
She follows the advice of her trainer, Pete Geracimo.
“We all live hectic busy lives. There are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. We need to find that balance where we take care of our responsibilities to our work, family and friends. We also need to make more of a conscious effort to take care of ourselves.” he told healthista, a London fitness Web site.
“The most reliable type of exercise, for me, would be body weight training. You do not need to go to the gym to do it, no equipment required and your body weight provides more than enough resistance to get in a great workout. It leaves no room for any excuses not to train,” he adds.
He recommends body squats, lunges, push-ups, pull-ups, dips, chin-ups and plank work for a great overall workout.
Weight training is important because it causes muscle tissue to break down. The body continues to burn fat well after exercising is over because the energy is needed to rebuild muscles.
Importantly, Geracimo says you don’t have to go to the gym to stay fit.
“Try walking or cycling instead of using the car or bus. Take the stairs instead of the lifts. Go for walks or a run instead of sitting on the sofa watching TV. The secret is to move yourself and not let something or someone move for you,” he says.
As for diets, he recommends what’s known as the “Sirtfood Diet.” It’s based on foods high in the protein sirtuin.
Surprisingly, it includes apples, citrus fruits, parsley, capers, blueberries, green tea, soy, strawberries, tumeric, olive oil, red onion, kale and even more surprisingly, red wine.
“Studies suggest that free radicals [toxic molecules that form in the body] contribute to aging,” Dr. Neal Barnard writes in his book, the “21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart.”
“A vegan diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, is full of antioxidants which help protect the body from damage by free radicals,” he says.
Nutritionists Glen Matten and Aidan Goggins, who wrote the book “The Sirtfood Diet,”assert that the diet turns on your body’s “skinny gene.”
“By eating specific foods that can activate your metabolism-boosting SIRT1 gene, you can utilize your diet to help burn off excess fat and lose weight,” they write.