Identifying Barriers to Healthy Weight Loss
Many Americans today wish that they could
lose weight. They report high body
dissatisfaction and a feeling that they are not
desirable or beautiful.
This is a tragedy indeed. While many of these
individuals would probably do well to lose
weight, there is a significant amount of
individuals who want to lose an unhealthy
amount of weight.
They do not accept their bodies no matter what size they are. A woman might have her doctor perform
a complicated weight loss surgery because she does not want to take the time and put in the effort that
is required to lose weight the healthy way.
Weight loss surgery is sometimes necessary, but it is often utilized by those individuals who don’t really
need it. Our country has an unhealthy obsession with thinness that has plagued many people.
It’s All About Body Composition, Not Body Weight
Many people do not realize that they should be striving to be healthy rather than thin. If you are
currently trying to lose weight, it may seem like an impossible road to travel down.
You have probably heard horror stories of people trying to shed pounds and failing miserably, gaining it
all back rapidly. However, you should not less these horror stories deter you from trying to lose weight.
If you are losing weight to get to a more healthy weight
for your body type, then this is good. If you have
motivation to lose weight so that you can feel better
about yourself, then your weight loss experience will
most likely be more successful.
One of the first things you should do on your weight loss
journey is try to figure out what weight loss pitfalls you
normally encounter. For example, perhaps you find it
difficult to pass up donuts or cookies at a party.
Or maybe you eat fast food often because you are almost always on-the-go. We all have our weaknesses
when it comes to eating, so try to figure out a few of yours.
You may even find that you have certain emotions tied to the idea of eating. Maybe you eat when you
are bored, angry, or depressed.
If you find that that is true for you, then you will want to find other avenues to de-stress rather than
gorging yourself on unhealthy foods. There are many different hobbies you can have that you can do
rather than eat excessive food.
Moderation in All Things
A common problem in our society today is the fact
that many people want to ban certain foods from
their lives. For example, many people think they
shouldn’t eat any sweets.
This means no donuts, no cake, no cookies, nothing
that is sweet. These are forbidden foods; if they’re
going to be skinny, they can’t eat those foods ever.
What happens next is the person slips up and has
one of the forbidden foods. Many times, that person
will think all hope is lost and that they have failed at
This is not so. You should be able to eat foods from every food group.
The key is moderation. Excessively eating from any one of the food groups will be harmful to your body.
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