SAN DIEGO: Americans have a diet obsession. Despite myriads of diet schemes, there is an ever-growing population who are at best considerably overweight. An estimated 160 million Americans are either obese or overweight, according to HealthData.org (The vast majority of American adults are overweight or obese). Social trends are progressively more vocal that everyone should be accepted for whoever and whatever an individual might be. Including fat.
There is a conflict between self-acceptance and unconditional acceptance.
Being realistic about your weight loss goals
Have you ever heard someone say that they know they are fat, but they are a healthy fat person. Self-acceptance is highly important so long as it does not make one unable to realistically view oneself. When it comes to healthy weight management, the common tendency is to set up a weight loss goals, diet and exercise goals.
Oftentimes a weight loss goal is driven by a special life event or a special occasion, which is part of the overall challenge of maintaining healthy weight.
Once achieving a weight loss goal, what is the incentive to replaces the need to strive to maintain it?
Within the first year, 50% of dieters regain the weight which was lost; and, for those who succeed the first year regain it within the first three years.
TAKE IT OFF AND KEEP IT OFF
According to Dr. Gina Ceo, Research Fellow, Bond University, published in The Conversation, maintaining a healthy weight is comprised of 3 basic concepts:
1. Eating healthy
2. Eating less.
3. Being physically active.
Maintaining a healthy weight means the continuous reinforcement of choosing a healthy lifestyle.
With practice, making personal choices which are healthy becomes just as habitual as choosing those which are unhealthy.
Choosing Health over a Diet Obsession
It might take a little practice or self-sacrifice, but choosing health has the rewards of looking better, feeling better, being healthier now and in the future with the knowledge that there is the power to choose what is
To help those who wish to lose weight and maintain it, Harvard Medical School offers the following
- Set small, specific and realistic goals.
- Start self-monitoring food intake and exercise.
- Find a support network in family, friends or a group.
- Energize exercise by finding a variety activities to enjoy.
- Ensure enough sleep almost consistently.
- Monitor computer use, television viewing and other sedentary activities.
Small changes can make a big difference!
MAKE SIMPLE CHANGES TO YOUR LIFESTYLE
Simple lifestyle changes such as taking the stairs, always taking healthy snacks, avoiding sugary and fatty foods, and drinking lots of water can help to ensure good health habits and quicker weight loss results.
If overeating is a result of reacting emotionally to certain stressors, it might be time to get some help for reducing stress and establishing the quality of life necessary to make being healthy a priority.
It is hard for most people to lose weight; and, it is even more difficult to maintain a healthy weight throughout life.
Given the growing numbers of persons of all ages who have chronic illnesses, cardiovascular disease, cancers, dementia or other forms of physical or emotional ill-health, choosing to maintain a healthy weight might be the best decision to make.
What it might comes right down to is whether or not to choose good health.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
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