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Seeing Weight Control Issues In A Different Light
October 6th, 2010 by samfrea

It sounds simple enough doesn't it? You burn more calories than you take in in order to lose weight. To gain weight you burn fewer calories than you take in and to maintain weight you balance calories eaten with calories burned. If only weight management were that easy in real life. But it is not. So how do you find out how to lose weight fast?

Obesity On The Rise

Turn on the news or pick up any newspaper and you are bound to see a story on the obesity epidemic. More and more children are getting fatter and fatter, developing heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol all before they hit adulthood. The predictions for this generation are grim. Experts agree that this will be the first generation in a century that will not outlive their parents. Adults are fat, too. Around one-third of all adults can be considered obese. Clearly there is a problem.

Smacking Ourselves Into Line

It is no secret that being overweight sets you up for a myriad of health problems. We know in our heads that it would be best if we achieved some fat burning. Still, many do not even try. Others try and regain the weight. Some people develop eating disorders and laxative addictions. Why does it not seem to matter that we can die at an earlier age? Part of the answer is that food is more than just something we eat to stay alive.

Resigning Ourselves To Our Fates

Is the struggle worth it? Should we just eat whatever we want, enjoy our food and accept the fact that we will probably go to an early grave or should we continue the battle with weight management? The answer lies on the middle ground. Stop for a moment and consider this before jumping on yet another diet plan. What are your expectations of yourself on your new diet? You expect to lose weight, right? You intend to be 100% faithful to your eating plan, exercise religiously and just lose weight once and for all. If that is your expectation of yourself, you are already dooming yourself to failure before you even start. Nobody can be perfect at anything.

Looking At Things Differently

What if we just accepted the fact that we are human and that humans do not do anything 100% of the time for very long? Let's look at the weight management issue differently than we have done in the past. Would it be possible for you to eat healthy foods 50% of your meals in a day or a week? Could you do it 60% of the time? How about 80% of the time? Do you think that you could eat healthy foods for 90% of your meals? What percentage of meals could you actually eat healthy foods without stirring up a lot of anxiety in yourself? That is where you need to begin. Gradually work your way up to eating 90% of your meals with only healthy food. This way you have 10% of your meals left for indulging yourself while still losing weight.

Now do the same thing with exercise. Could you exercise for five minutes, 10 minutes, an entire half hour one or two days a week? Find what works for you without provoking a huge anxiety response and build from there until you are working out 30 minutes for at least five days per week.

Take Care Of Yourself

Negative consequences and that critical little voice in our heads have not worked to help us manage our weight. Let's try something radically different: kindness and understanding towards that part of ourselves that is really afraid of being deprived. Let that part of yourself know that you will take the whole weight management issue one step at a time and that, while you may not be able to indulge every food whim you have, you will make sure that deprivation does not become part of the plan. Then if you keep that promise, you will have truly recognized how to lose weight fast.

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