It requires at least five to six months on a strict 1,200 calorie daily diet to lose 35lbs. (16 kg) of fat for good! And this is not what those famous diet books and programs are telling US. They promise two to four weeks to lose 35 pounds! That’s it! Obviously, that’s a big fat lie!

In reality, the first two weeks of weight loss represent primarily the reduction of undigested foods, fluids, and stools inside your gastrointestinal tract, but little or no actual body fat.

Weight loss is a challenging journey. If your environment is not supportive, or you are not in perfect health, or you lapse every so often into overeating, or you can’t give up on sweets or your favorite fatty foods and snacks, it may even take much longer to lose weight.

It is a well-known fact that obesity and being overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, and certain forms of cancer. The health consequences range from increased risk of serious chronic conditions, which reduce the overall quality of life, to premature death. Especially concerning, is the increasing obesity among children and teenagers.

Because our bodies belong to God, we must not violate His standards for living. That obligates us to take care of our body, which belongs to God, who created us for the purpose of honoring Him! Therefore, we must lose excess weight! For this reason, the Bible says the following about this subject:

“Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1. Corinthians 6:18-20 NLT

You may say, “I am allowed to do anything.” But I reply, “Not everything is good for you.” And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. You say, “Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food.” 1. Corinthians 6:12-13 NLT

You say, “I am allowed to do anything” — but not everything is helpful. You say, “I am allowed to do anything” — but not everything is beneficial. 1. Corinthians 10:23 NLT

“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? God will bring ruin upon anyone who ruins this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you Christians are that temple.” 1. Corinthians 3:16-17 NLT

“Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do all for the glory of God.” 1. Corinthians 10:31 NLT