Do you find yourself eating food when you?re not even hungry? I?ve noticed that others, myself included, often eat food without even stopping to assess whether we’re hungry or not. I encourage you to get in touch with your body and eat only when you need to.
The problem of childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents are obese. Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat. Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year.
What have you achieved so far as you journey towards weight loss and health? I?m guessing that your answer lies somewhere along the lines of “not a lot” or “not enough.” I?ve found that many people seem to forget or discard what they’ve achieved so far. For most people, the focus tends to be on the end result and although it?s great to concentrate on what you want to achieve, one of the best ways to encourage yourself to keep moving ahead is to remind yourself regularly of what you’ve achieved.
How much time do you spend watching TV each day? Many people spend most of their spare time watching TV. If this is you, have you considered what this is doing to your weight loss, fitness and health plans? First, you must realise that TV bombards you with images of food and eating. Have you noticed that you?re inclined to pick and nibble at food more frequently while you?re watching TV?
What is your motive for losing weight? How can you sustain your motivation? There are times when most of us feel more motivated to lose weight. But there are other times when motivation is low. Understanding why you do this is the first step towards building your motivation.
The route to permanent weight loss is to make changes. I’ve found that when most people want to lose weight, they decide to go on a restrictive diet. This type of dieting calls for many changes at once and although most people are able to stick with this for a short while, they usually find they can’t sustain it. Unfortunately, the feeling of failure creeps in and leaves us feeling worse than when we started to lose weight.
When you’re going through the process of losing weight and getting fitter and healthier, there may be many times when you will eat food which perhaps isn’t healthy for you. Or perhaps you overeat or don’t exercise. This is quite normal and most people find that they do this. The difference between losing weight and not losing weight is how you handle this.
Most studies blame obesity in children on our sedentary lifestyle. There has been a huge increase in the amount of time children spend watching television, playing video games and using computers. Concurrently there is a decrease in the amount of time children spend running, jumping, climbing, walking and playing outdoors.