How Many Of Us Try To Lose Weight Permanently?
Trying to find the path to a better life in the U.S.A., 45 million folks try to diet – and lose weight permanently every single year – and that number is increasing rapidly.
Not only is the population increasing astronomically, so are the percentages of overweight individuals. In 2016, 70% of Americans were overweight – and more than half of them were obese or morbidly obese! By the year 2020, this percentage is expected to be well over 75%!
Do you know that almost 1 in 3 kids – boys and girls – below the age of 20 – are overweight? And, most of them are significantly overweight – with gorged bodies that shouldn’t be experienced until late middle age at least.
I guarantee you that these young’uns will carry their learned food addictions into their adult years – creating a lifetime of flabby misery for themselves!
Diets Don’t Work
Most “experienced” dieters succumb to the Yo-Yo effect – losing a ton of weight – then gaining back 2 tons! Each and every time they went on a diet – eating all those things they didn’t like – they would long for the day when they would break free of the “diet chains” and “pig out” on the high calorie, high starch, and high fat foods of their choice. Fishing for all the standard excuses along the way.
These professional weight losers set goals to agonizingly lose pound after pound – until they came close to reaching their desired weight. Close – but no cigar!
They spent a lot of time being extremely religious in counting calories and recording their daily progress. But, alas, they never made it – always ending up 10, 20, 30, or more pounds – short of their goals.
Fatigue or depression overtook them – or some negative event crossed their path. So, they would “reward themselves” by taking a break from the diet to make themselves feel better.
Then came the pizzas – and the milk shakes – and the greasy foods – and the limitless gorging – until their stomachs hurt. They were rewarding themselves for losing so much weight by slamming food into their body as fast as humanly possible. And, before they knew what was happening – slam, bam, thank you ma’am – their weight was higher than when they first began to diet.
Sadly, this is a lifelong trend for most people who diet. Studies have shown that 95% of those who lose weight will regain it – sometimes in just a few short months. That is totally depressing, don’t you think?
This pattern continues in endless cycles until chubby folks realize that they can’t do this on their own anymore. Some of these Yo-Yo dieters finally see the light of day and surrender to the harsh assessment that they need all the help they can get. Once they come to the brutal acceptance that they are food addicts – otherwise known as foodaholics – that’s when they truly understand that they have an excessive and, at times, uncontrollable yearning to consume the most tasty, high calorie foods possible. They abuse themselves – subjecting their bodies to untold thousands of calories until they can’t jam anymore down their throat – as they feel it starting to back up into their food pipe. This is a common cause of acid reflux – did you know that?
People Come By Their Food Addiction Honestly
Most foodaholics tell stories of having a family full of fatties. Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and others throughout their family tree who were fat – or fatter – or fattest of them all. In other words, there were an overabundance of stomachs that hung too close to the floor. Their relatives referred to themselves as “big boned” – or “slightly stocky” – or “pleasingly plump” – to excuse the fact that they were hundreds of pounds overweight.
Everyone in the family loved to cook – and, they loved to eat. The problem was the adults forced their passions onto their children. And once the children become adults, they sadly were destined to continue to fight the “battle of the bulges.” Throughout childhood, the kids always had to finish every last crumb of food on their plates – second helpings were even pushed in front of them – and don’t forget desserts.
Those who prepared the meals felt if anyone only had one plate of food – and no desserts – that the food wasn’t tasty enough and they were insulted.
The trusted adults in these “foodie culture clans” had a popular trigger phrase to get their kids to eat like cows and pigs at a feeding trough. “You have to eat everything on your plate. After all, people in China are starving!” Anyone remember that one?
But, I digress…
Being Fat Is Not Healthy
I won’t even spend time listing all the diseases caused by carrying around too much blubber on your frame. Anyone reading this is well aware that being overweight puts them at very high risk of complications for their heart, liver, kidneys, knees, joints, and on – and on – and on – and on!
So, let’s not pretend that it’s acceptable – to be sloppy fat – to be happy and content about it – using self descriptions like “big and beautiful” for God’s sake! That’s only half true! Which half? Well, “big” of course – but, ask yourself – when you look in the mirror at your naked body, do you really think all that fat hanging off your frame looks “beautiful” – or healthy?
Do you really feel good about yourself – and your health – looking like that? Honestly, now, don’t you want to do something about it – and quit lying to yourself? Don’t you think that you would feel much better if you could move around like a fit, active human being – instead of resembling the misshapen monster in that old 1958 sci-fi cult classic movie, “The Blob?” “It eats you alive!”
How many times have you said:
“Oh, if only I could be sure that I will lose weight – and not have to worry about putting it back on again – plus interest!”
Well, I’m here for ya! Through a series of articles here, at A Path To A Better Life, I will be helping you lose that ugly fat and trim down to a body that you can be proud of – a body that lets you walk through a door without having to turn sideways – a body that will have people of the opposite sex “checking you out” (or people of the same sex – if that’s what your into…).
No longer will you step on the scale and have it read your phone number!
No longer will you have more chins than a Hong Kong phonebook!
Do These Four Simple Things
1. Get A Good Coach
Choose Yourself as Your Coach
Sometimes there is just no one around that you can trust to help you along in your quest for a slimmer bod. It’s just you.
Learn to reward yourself (non-food items only) – and be proud when you drop a few pounds – looking forward to your next goal.
Don’t be discouraged if your weight fluctuates a few pounds up or down – we all hold extra water every time we have a “salty” – or high sodium – day because salt retains a lot of water in our bodies.
Stay positive. Instead of thinking about past weight loss failures, decide that you are moving past that. Look in the mirror at your floppy flabby body and resolve to change it – no matter what. Think about the reasons you want to change – appearance – health – feeling more energetic. All these reasons are positive. There are NO negatives when you lose weight except for… You’re gonna have to buy some new clothes that are smaller sizes – and fit you better – and make you look more attractive!
Choose a Close Friend or Family Member
A spouse, or “significant other”, is the preferred “coach of choice”. One who will be positively supportive and understanding. One who will be there to encourage your successes. One who will pick you up, dust you off, and push you back into the weight loss regimen when you have that momentary failure.
That’s the one you should choose. That’s the ticket.
Don’t choose any coach, be it you, a relative, or someone else who will add even a smidgen of negativity to the weight loss process. You don’t need it – and, it’s not the least bit helpful or productive. You will be doomed from the beginning!
I wouldn’t go out and spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to hire a “weight loss mentor” – because they are just going to be a substitute that will only “help” bcause they’re getting paid. And, are you really going to listen to them? Or, are you going to cheat every chance you get and lie, lie, lie afterwards?
2. Nutrition – Changing What You Eat
Eat more home cooked meals. If you’re on the go all the time, then prepare homemade lunches and snacks with meats, fruits, and vegetables that you like – not ones you don’t like. It takes only a few minutes – much quicker than stopping at some fast food joint.
Don’t eat fast food, processed food, or junk food. Have you noticed that a single portion of fast food never – ever – fills you up? You have to eat way more than you should – which puts your calorie count soundly into the “gaining weight” category!
Sugar is your enemy. But, sometimes, we just can’t stay away – and, we just have to “dance with the enemy.” But, just one dance! OK? In other words one piece of candy or one cookie won’t kill you – if you have to have it.
Just don’t eat cookies and candy when you’re hungry – or, you’ll be eating them ‘til the cows come home! Then, the next day, you’ll be looking in the mirror and saying, “I have no willpower! I always fail! I’m stuck with this body!” Then, you’ll quit – again – just like the last 100 times!!!
3. Portion Control – Changing How Much You Eat
Once long time food addicts see the harsh light of day, they finally realize that their ability to keep food portions from overflowing their plate is a lost cause. They can really pile it up – sometimes without realizing what they’re doing – thinking that they are hungrier than they actually are.
“Your eyes are bigger than your stomach!” I remember hearing those words in my childhood. And, they are so true!
If your coach is slim and trim, then, they can make much better food portion measurements than you can. By all means, let them make these decisions for you – never complain – because, they are giving you the amount of food that they would normally eat – and they are NOT overweight. They are helping you– so, appreciate it!
If your coach is somewhat on the roly-poly side of the spectrum – or, if you are your own coach – it might be best to get some reusable Bento Boxes. The name, Bento, comes from the Japanese lunch boxes – and, there are sections to accurately portion out acceptable amounts of the different dishes prepared at any given meal. When trying to control and lose weight, lower calorie foods are placed in the largest section. And, as the foods become higher in calories, they are placed in the correspondingly smaller sections of the box.
To sum it up… Don’t put desserts in the largest section. Put them in the smallest section. And, always leave enough room to close the bento box without damaging it.
4. Exercise – Move Your Body
Get out there and walk around the neighborhood. Start small. Start slowly. Increase your speed over time as you get used to it. This is also a way to get to know your neighbors – always a good thing.
If the best you can do is walk to the mailbox and back to the house, at least do that – everyday – until you feel that you can go a little further.
Baby steps. That’s how it all starts.
If you can walk down the street to the next corner and that’s your limit, then turn around and come home. But, do it every day – and, after a week or two, your stamina and muscles will begin to respond and you can extend your distance and time.
You may even decide to splurge and buy a pedometer – to not only count your steps but, also check your heart rate, blood pressure, etc. – and, many of them are also watches and can be linked to your computer. You wouldn’t believe the bells and whistles on these little gadgets!
When you can walk up to a mile, which is 2,000 steps, you’re starting to get comfortable walking and increases in distance and time will come more naturally. Eventually, build up to at least 2.5 miles – or 5,000 steps – and you’ll be feeling the energy flowing back into your body! If you reach 5 miles, you can hold at that for awhile as you increase your walking speed.
Who knows? The next thing may be that you may want to start jogging – or running. But – again – baby steps. Jog for a portion – then walk – then jog – then walk. Increase the jogging a little at a time as your body allows you to – but, don’t push it. Or, the next thing you know, you’ll be injuring yourself and be out of commission for a time – now, your routine is broken – and you’re into a spiraling backslide. Not good!
If your knees hurt, get knee braces.
If your back hurts, get a back brace. Work on maintaining a more erect posture whenever you’re walking – whether it’s a level area – or up – or down – a hill. Then, your back won’t hurt so much.
If you prefer exercising indoors, get a treadmill – or a Stairmaster – or a stationary bicycle.
Eventually, you may even want to purchase a real bicycle and peddle around your area. With the wind blowing through your hair and across your face – and your legs pumping strong to get you up and down the hills and valleys – allowing you to triumphantly experience life. That’s what it’s all about!
But, whatever you do…
Keep Your Body Movin’!
Think – T.E.A.M.
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To reach your goals to have a more enriched life and a thinner, happier – YOU!
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We’re just at the beginning of A Path To A Better Life. Stick around – I promise that I will be with you on this journey – and, we can enjoy it together!
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