Over the years, I have been lucky not to have had to worry too much about my weight. I have played a lot of sport, and kept myself healthy. At the age of 40, I was still actively involved in squash, tennis and golf, although the latter 2 were not as strenuous as squash. At the age of 41, I gave up competitive squash, and over the next 6 months put on over 5 kgs (11 pounds). By my early 50s, I was about 84kg (185lb), diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, depressed, and wondering where my life was going. At only 170cm (58), my BMI was much too high. I had to find a way to slim down.After getting the doctors advice on my diabetes, I started to try to do the right thing and lose weight. I ate a diet of cardboard and grass, or if you will, crackers and salad. I tried to starve, ate just protein, all the usual fads, and lost a bit. Christmas came around and I was back to top weight and again feeling depressed. After trying all sorts of diets, I would always fail. I then began to understand that losing weight was not an easy thing to do. I have subsequently read how many people embark on diets, and how many fail to lose weight, or simply stack the weight back on after the diet is over. I was one of them. It became apparent that the only way I was going to succeed was to change my mindset. I began to see that there was no miracle diet. I had to reduce my calorie intake or burn more calories through work or exercise. I began to read as much as I could on the subject, and the internet was a fabulous tool. A great resource is http://www.o-weightloss.com where there are over 1400 pages of information. There is also a lot of diet information there. I became a bit of an expert, especially as I began to lose more weight. I found that providing I cut out the saturated fats, and cut down (not out) desserts, and ate smaller meals I continued to lose weight. I cut down beer, and drank mostly wine. In essence, I continued to enjoy all the foods I had previously enjoyed, but with the motto, everything in moderation.A simple exercise regime was begun; I walked for just 40 minutes a day, 4 days per week. I play golf at least once per week, and during the warmer months, tennis once a week. This is not body breaking stuff. The reality of all this is that with serious diabetes or obesity, you can lie around all day and night in a cemetery if you do not confront your weight problems. Now at the age of 55, I am down to 75kg (165lbs), the last blood test showed I was no longer diabetic, and I feel better in myself. While I know diabetes cannot be cured, I firmly believe that it can be controlled by controlling your weight, and in particular, your fat percentages.I also firmly believe that information is king and you can never have too much information. Sites like http://www.o-weightloss.com can be of great use. Obesity is a health hazard, so lets beat it.
Weve seen statistics that prove we are a fat nation. An appropriate question to ask at this time is why did we, who are just as equal as everyone else, become the size that we are? It would be too easy to answer by saying that we ate too much. That might actually be a symptom of the main problem.The short answer would be that the main causes of obesity have to do with genetics, our living and eating environments, and our psychology. The combination of these influences has nurtured each one of us to become exactly who we are at this moment. But I dont want to venture into these topics, because weve probably been hearing about them for nearly a decade. Instead, lets discuss an influence that we need to take a closer look atbig business in America. Before fast food corporations introduce new products, they do some market research. This means they will ask questions of the public, perhaps something like this, If we started dipping the whole cinnamon bun in icing rather than just icing the top, would you buy more of them? The answer might be yes. If enough people say yes, the corporation will have somebody make this product so people can try it and give their opinions. If enough people like it, a new product is born. I believe the people involved in the market research did answer the questions truthfully. For instance, if I were to take a bite out of a fully iced cinnamon bun, and if I were asked whether it tasted good, how could I say anything but its the best? But if they asked me whether I would like one delivered to my house at exactly 7:00 AM every morning, I would realize that my compulsive self could not tolerate the daily temptation. To protect myself, I would have to say, with authority, NO, I NEVER WANT TO SEE ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE THINGS AS LONG AS I LIVE!Corporations are always throwing new foods at us. That is why Wendys, McDonalds, Round Table and KFC all have special items on their menus, like spicy calamari or dipping sauces for pizza strips. If the items sell well, then they must have done a good marketing job, and the item might become a regular on the menu. They suggest that the world try their new item, and we eat it up. What happened to eating what we want? Is it that hard for us to pick something out for ourselves rather than relying on the nutrition geniuses atop the corporate marketing buildings of fast food restaurants? They would sell us lard burgers if they thought we would eat them, and they might even laugh at us. Why not laugh at them instead? Choose to be healthy and dance to the beat of your own drum.If you feel at all sorry for these American fast food corporations, let me ask you this question. Which is more familiar to you: The McDonalds logo, or the logo of the USDA (the government body that created the food pyramid)? I rest my case.The food pyramid has been updated. You can view the new (2005) food pyramid on the internet: http://www.mypyramid.gov
How many weight-watchers use 20+ TABLESPOONS of sugar in their coffee or tea? I guess the answer to that is zero. Why? Because all weight-watchers know that sugar has a high calorific value and is therefore detrimental to weight loss. Also using that amount of sugar will create liver problems eventually. So my question is: If high levels of sugar are bad for us, and we all seem to know that is true, why do we drink soda that contains 20+ TABLESPOONS of sugar in each can?It is hard to assess how many people ruin their weight control program by drinking soda (carbonated water, fizzy drinks or soft drinks, depending upon which country you live in, are all forms of what I refer to as soda), judging by the sales of these drinks I guess the answer is most weight-watchers fall into this trap.A young man that I know was heading down the road to obesity in his early twenties and being an accountant he was aware that his job didnt include physical exercise that help burn off calories. Like most twenty something people he didnt like the idea of going on a diet so he decided to cut soda and fast foods from his diet. Result, in less than six-months he was 26 pounds lighter, feeling healthier and looking trim. That was eleven years ago and he still remains trim today, he eats well but adamantly refuses to go back to fast foods or soda.It doesnt matter what brand of soda you drink, or whether it is labeled light or diet they all contain massive amounts of sugar and are unhealthy.Finally we should not leave this article without taking a look at hyper-activity in children. There is little doubt that high sugar dosage is often the cause of children becoming hyperactive, it also leads the behavioral problems. Consequently it is advisable to take a long, hard, look at what your childs sugar intake is particularly including soda.The healthiest drink is water; it will also quench your thirst better and for longer than soda, and it is also rated at zero calories, which should make it the weight-watchers drink of choice. For your children you may find it beneficial to make them smoothies using fresh fruit as an alternative to soda.This article is copyright David McCarthy 2006. It may be reproduced in its entirety with no additions providing it contains a link back to www.recipesmania.com
Getting involved in Weight Loss Program can be intimidating for a beginner. It can also be hard to know where to start. There are several questions that you can ask yourself, which will guide you towards the right weight loss program. - What am I trying to achieve by joining a weight loss program? (Goals)- What type of program will work with my schedule?- Is their a certain type of program that will work best for my body type?- What have other people tried and had success with?- Do I have any friends that are interested in doing this with me?- How much am I willing to spend on a program?- How much am I willing to Risk?- Am I interested in a Diet program? A exercise program? Both?- What is my timeline?- How fast am I wanting to reach my goal weight?These questions are meant to bring out ideas and really get you thinking about what type of weight loss program will be right for you. Once you have taken time to reflect on these questions for yourself I recommend talking to a professional to further help guide you into the right program. You might be able to do this simply through a family doctor, or even your local gym club.Feel free to reprint this article as long as you keep the following caption and author biography in tact with all hyperlinks.
Before taking actions in any problem we encounter, there should always be a plan first. That is, if we want to come up with positive results. You wouldnt want to enter a battle without preparing how to defeat the enemy, would you? Attempting a task without planning is like building a house without a blueprint or playing against a basketball team without planed plays with your teammates. How could you expect a good outcome?Weight loss is not at all different from the above mentioned plan-necessary situations. It also involves taking actions in proper ways that need to be perfectly planned in order to bring satisfying results. Here are the four key elements you will for making your weight loss plan a success.Setting a Goal:Okay, so your weight is somewhere around 20% above the considered normal for your height. You tend to eat more than 5 regular meals a day. Youre certain that youre obese or at least overweight. Now, the question is, where do you want your weight to be?Setting a goal is the first step in planning for weightn loss. Know what you want to accomplish. This way, the road you are taking is clear. You can keep track of your journey and whether or not you are going along in the right direction. With a goal in mind, you are always motivated to finish a task, or in some cases, to start doing it.Be Definite:Setting a specific goal when planning for "weight loss" improves your chances of success. You just need to be clear and definite with what you want to happen. Vague aims such as Id like to be healthier or I need to lose a few pounds tend to produce half-hearted efforts and poor results. Instead, state your goal distinctly: I want to lose 1 to 2 pounds this week and every week or I want to trim my waist line from 40 down to 38 by the end of the month. If you need to, write it down and put it where you will always see and read it. This way, youll always be reminded of what you want and need to accomplish by the end of the month, the week or even the day.Be Realistic:In establishing a definite weight loss goal, make sure that it is possible to accomplish first. How can a goal like Ill lose 15 lbs. in just a week happen if all of the evidence presented by research suggests that you should only burn 1 to 2 lbs in a week? Goals need to be sensible so that they are within reason to be able to obtain. What happens when you set a goal and dont reach it no matter how hard you tried because it wasnt really achievable? You will only get depressed and disappointed which are two of the psychological causes of obesity. And the problem just becomes a vicious cycle with no end to it. Strategizing:After carefully defining a goal of what you want to achieve with your weight loss efforts and keeping it in mind, the next step is planning on how to accomplish it. Planning involves proper scheduling of activities to be done throughout the whole day for a certain period of time including exercises, meals, sleeping and waking. It comprises of the time these activities should be done, the duration and in the case of eating meals, the food to be consumed and what amounts. This way, inappropriate spur-of-the-moments decisions can be avoided.A proper and effective weight loss plan consists of quality time for performing such activities. That is, allow enough time to meet the objectives correctly. For example, sleep should be scheduled to last for around 7 to 8 hours a day so that youll be able to get enough rest. Lack of sleep may cause improper eating habits the next day.Again, plans should be relatively realistic. Include only time and activities you know for yourself you can accomplish for a given period of time. Also, as you finish preparing your weight loss plan, you might want to write it down since you cant always remember when youre supposed to do each part of the plan. Post it in a place where you can always see and read it to remind you what your plans are for the day. Try your best not to skip anything in your scheduled plan so as not to ruin the effectivness of it.