Monday, November 9, 2009

Why Is It Easy To Lose Weight But Hard To Keep It Off

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It is easy to lose weight, but difficult to keep it off. All who have tried over the years to lose weight can attest to this, including our celebrated friend Oprah Winfrey. I will explore why this is is the case, and how you can keep off the weight you lose.
  • For starters, being overweight is not a disease in itself, but it is the gateway to serious diseases such as: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, esophageal cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, kidney cancer, congestive heart failure, heart enlargement, stroke, pulmonary embolism, erectile dysfunction, gallbladder disease and the like.
  • Consequently, you need to treat overweight with the same seriousness as you would treat a heart attack or cancer, meaning you should immediately consult your doctor and dietitian once you feel that you are overweight. With less effort and expense you could solve the problem of overweight, and not have to live with the fear of dying from a heart attack or cancer.
  • The first thing to do is to confirm if you are actually overweight in relation to your height by measuring your body mass index (BMI) at www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi. Below 18.5 you are underweight, 18.5 – 24.9 normal weight, 25.0 – 29.5 overweight, and 30 or greater, you are obese.
  • Once you find you are overweight call in the professionals because you cannot solve the problem on your own. The reason is this: if the body does not have a mind of its own, it certainly has a memory. If you have lost 10 to 50 pounds before, you will have experienced the relentless effort your body makes to return to its previous size.
  • For instance, if you weighed 240 pounds before, and with physical exercise or a change in diet you lost 40 pounds; by some biochemical process the body knows exactly the type and quantity of food you ate that got you to 240 pounds, and it will inflict upon you splitting headaches and dizziness to force you to return to that meal. As your weight begins moving toward 240 pounds the headaches and dizziness will stop: a strong indicator that the body has a memory.
  • You can keep off the weight that you lose by changing the memory of your body by daily physical exercise, and/or a change in diet and lifestyle. We have a choice, either to make that change, or wait like sitting ducks until we get hit by heart attack, type 2 diabetes, cancer and God knows what else.
  • On examining how difficult it is to keep off the weight that we lose, it appears there is an ongoing conflict between the ‘self’ and the ‘body’. The ‘self’ is the essence of who we are and the expression of our personality. The ‘body’ gives us our physical presence. The ‘self’ wants us to be happy and confident, look physically beautiful, be free to do the things we desire. On the other hand, the ‘body’ simply wants to be fed, repair itself and grow in size.
  • You are moving toward the danger zone when your body mass index consistently stays above your normal weight level. If so, now is the time to exert control over your body, otherwise it will control your life, move you toward obesity, take away your happiness, and put your life at risk.
  • Some helpful physical activities you could begin doing right away to exert control over your body are: jogging and walking, swimming, bicycling, tennis, dancing, triceps press, abdominal crunches and squats. You will find these physical activities will produce better results when you go to the gym. If the circumstances of your life do not allow you to do so, focus your efforts on healthy diet, lifestyle changes and home exercise.
  • While the body mass index has been around since the 1850s, some argued that it does not actually measure the percentage of body fat. It merely produces a figure from dividing a person’s weight by the square of his height. Still, when you combine the BMI and the measurement of the waist circumference, the result is a good indicator of abdominal fat, and an effective predictor of the risk of heart and other diseases.
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to every overweight problem. Consult with your doctor and dietitian for a weight-loss program specifically designed for your health condition, body mass index and financial means.   

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