You’ve got a goal in mind and we’re talking about a big one. You’ve got a number; whether it’d be 5, 1, 7, or 20 there is a number that you think rules you and you’ve got a schedule; this all has to be done in a set amount of time. At one point or another we seem to squander over weight loss and crazy diets that most of us don’t follow through with. What really is the problem? Are we all obsessed with our weight or is it a serious issue?
According to MedicineNet.com over two-thirds of adults in the United States are obese or overweight and obesity incidents have almost doubled from 1991 to 1998 worldwide. With these facts it’s only obvious why there would be a pull for a thinner image but is dieting the real solution?
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According to a study conducted by Joseph Proietto, a professor of medicine at the University of Melbourne, 100 overweight participants were put on a 550 calorie diet for 8 weeks. Many of the participants lost weight over the 8 week period but a year after the diet, most participants had gained a lot of their weight back.
Then, Why dieting makes you FAT, an article published by the UK newspaper, Daily Mail, brought to light that “new research shows dieting raises levels of hormones that stimulate appetite — and lowers levels of hormones that suppress it.” Dieting then changes your brain and metabolism causing your body to store fat and magnify food cravings.
However, dieting alone isn’t the real problem, what is the problem is that people often assume quick fixes will get them to keep the weight off. Jim Hill, an obesity expert and professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, stated in a phone interview with the Washington Post that, “We continue to promote the message to eat less, but that’s never been shown to work without increasing physical activity.” We all seem to assume that weight loss can only be tackled through eating less, when the fact is that there is no easy fix. Exercise and healthy eating habits for a life time are the only way to reach your ideal weight without gaining all the weight back. This, however, doesn’t mean you can’t eat what you’ve always wanted to.
Moderation is your friend. I’m not saying that healthy eating habits cut out your entire stash of chips and chocolate. I’m saying that they only allow you to go there once a week and in small amounts.
The thing about eating right is that if you do it without forcing yourself to a piece of celery for every meal, then you learn to enjoy it. Eating right shouldn’t be a hassle nor should it not taste good. When you’re looking for something sweet, instead of choosing the chocolate bar why not choose natural strawberries or peaches? Instead of grabbing the soda why not make your own lemonade where you can control the amount of sugar that goes into it? Life is about choices and sometimes we have to make choices that we don’t like but a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be one of those unhappy choices.
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If you don’t like working out then find a way to be active without realizing how hard you’re working. For me it was dancing and yoga but some people like martial arts, bike riding, running, and the good old gym membership. Whatever it is that you need to do to get active make sure you’re having fun that way you’re workout is more enjoyable and productive.
Also, if you’re really craving for something you know isn’t healthy always make it yourself. If you make your own junk food instead of going out and buying it, odds are that you’ll put in less calories and fat than the fast-food chains would and it saves you money.
For some people diets might work but for me food did, so I cut out all the food I didn’t need like chocolate, soda, ice cream, chips, etc. in order to make room for strawberries, watermelon, cranberry juice, and sundried bananas. Of course I still have chocolate and soda once in a while but now it is more of a special occasion for me. I didn’t starve myself and no one should. Losing weight is a combined effort of smart food choices and moderate exercise.
Remember, starving yourself is never the option because your body will store fat anyways, so stay strong, healthy and beautiful. In the long run reaching a weight goal isn’t just about the weight it is about feeling good, healthy, and happy.
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