|The Lounge | Champions | The Wire | Schedule | Audio | Arcade | The Top Ten | Historical | Email | Video|
Do You Want To Lose Weight Without Going Crazy?
Here's what to do if you want to wear that slinky black dress, and stay sane:
1. Make sure that you're not being neurotic and overly body conscious.
Meditate. Try to catch yourself naked unawares in a full length mirror. Find out your ideal height-weight ratio. Get some amateur photos taken of yourself in casual clothes. Try to be detached and objective.
Overweight is sometimes a state of mind instead of body. What trauma or childhood inadequacy causes you to see yourself as fat and undesirable, when medically you're normal, or just a little full figured?
If you are definitely a fatty:
2. Meditate. Try to home in on the reason you are overweight.
Is it genetic; are your family 'big-boned'? If not, what need are you trying to fill by stuffing yourself; are you anxious, insecure, do you have family or money or sexual troubles? If so deal with THEM and your need to eat will be easier to beat.
Eating is pleasurable; we get a rush of blood sugar which makes us temporarily feel good, and having a full stomach makes us feel sleepy and calmed down. Are you going for the effect rather than the nourishment?
3. Change your diet.
Eat simpler, less processed, less over-prepared and overcooked food.
Get back to the basics. Substitute fruit for candies, wholemeal bread and boiled potatoes for potato chips, lean steak for burgers, water instead of fizzy drinks.
Eat a grape or a piece of orange instead of a candy; you get a better 'buzz', and it's healthier for you. Another benefit of eating whole, natural food is you fill up quickly, while eating less. The horror of junk food is that it's got loads of fats and sugars in it while not being physically substantial; you can eat ounces of fat in seconds.
Basically, if a chimp wouldn't eat it, you shouldn't eat it. Yes, I KNOW a chimp could probably get hooked on junk food. All right, try this; if an athlete preparing for a track meeting wouldn't eat it, you shouldn't.
Have three meals a day only. Have a proper breakfast; people tend to skip this and then have snacks later to keep themselves going. This is folly.
NO snacks in between; let your belly growl. You're going to train it to need less. It will protest, as it's used to being big, but it will adjust in time.
Stay away from people and places which remind you of your old treats. Try not to let on you're dieting; your 'friends' will try to get you off it, or tempt you for fun.
4. Take more exercise.
You can do light exercise, or better yet work it into your daily routine.
Don't walk when you can run, don't run where you could cycle, leave the car in the garage. Do more household chores the hard way. Take the stairs instead of the lift.
If your work or chores involve exercise it's easy to get your subconscious to go along with it. It seems less of a trial, and you're killing two birds with one stone.
Exercise for it's own sake is hard; part of us can see no immediate gain to doing it, and puts up mental and emotional barriers.
Clean your house, jog to the shops, dig the garden, explore your locale on foot.
Exercise at home. Do push ups, pull ups, sit-ups, use a couple of chairs as dumb-bells. It's a bother and an expense to go to a gym; set up your own routine at home, and stick to it five days out of every seven.
5. Do not take special medications or diet foods if you can help it.
Diet medications are usually amphetamine or stimulant-based; they perk you up, so you don't feel depressed or hungry. Soldiers use amphetamines in war; they keep you keen, and you don't feel hungry. The trouble is you become physically addicted to them, instead of food, and you're worse off in the end. They rot your body and your mind, and you have exchanged one fixation for another, more urgent one.
Eating food supplements will take off the pounds; you'll lose a few pounds to begin with in ANY diet anyway. However, what will happen when you stop eating this expensive food substitute? Unless your will power is engaged, you'll revert to your old habits.
Losing weight involves an act of WILL. If you're the sort of person who diets for a bit and then 'rewards' yourself with a cream cake, WHO are you trying to fool? Your subconscious, your friends? You won't fool the bathroom scales, or that dress you're trying to get into.
Perhaps part of you would like to be slim, especially on public occasions. The other, deeper, part wants to gorge itself on WHATever it likes, WHENever it likes. Eating is lovely, isn't it? It may be your one consolation in an otherwise miserable life.
To fix your weight, fix the other problems in your life, then staying off the snacks will be much easier.
This involves finding out what vocation you have in life. What do you REALLY want to do? If it's nothing, then that's fine. Once you acknowledge this, you'll find your peace of mind improves, and your craving for food will be less.
Otherwise find some activity you can devote yourself to, that engages your whole being.
Eating is often a recreation; find a nobler one.
About the author: T. O' Donnell (http://www.tigertom.com) is an ecommerce consultant in London, UK. His latest projects include a mortgage calculator and ebook, available at http://www.tigertom.com/mortgages-uk.shtml
Syracuse football DL Wayne Williams posts telling before and after weight loss ... - The Post-Standard
The Type Of Food and Nutrition That Can Help You Lose Weight Fast
The following are diet tips that can help you shape up and lose weight:1. Try and adopt a vegetarian diet.
Obesity and Morbid Obesity - Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Right For You
The very first thing you want to do before you even consider the surgery is really contemplate if surgery is the only way to lose weight. If you have exhausted every diet or new lifestyle of eating, the last resort should be Gastric Bypass Surgery or another name is Bariatric Surgery.
Lose Weight NOW! - Do or Die Time!
Some of you will not like what I'm going to say, even though it is the truth. That may be where the issue of America's health problems lies.
Weight Control For Webmasters
Are you gaining weight sitting in front of the computer? It's easy to do.It's easy to get stuck in a rut and forget about your health needs.
Fake Weight Loss Claims: Identify Them
Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #6
I am so proud of you and your accomplishments. You're embarking on your own journey and you astound me because you want something more, something that surpasses what you currently know.
Making Healthy Lifestyle Changes that Last - A New Look at New Years Resolutions
Would you run out of fingers, and maybe even toes, if you used them to count your tries at adopting a healthy lifestyle? Many of us would. The reason? Often it's that we need to change how we try to make changes.
How Do I Begin A Fat Loss Plan?... Let Me Count The Ways!
Most people are unsure about how to begin a fat loss program. They have many questions about food choices, meal composition and exercise.
Low Carb Beer: Not So Skinny
Low carb beer and lite beer are two different animals. Both feature lower calories and both are ostensibly for weight loss.
No Excuse on Getting in Shape
America is getting more obese every year. Even our children are becoming dangerously obese, even though we are more self conscious over our appearance.
Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss #1
I am so grateful that you're taking steps to take control of your life. You will be amazed when we work together how much you'll uncover about yourself.
Ultimate Weight loss: Ephedra is it Good or Bad?
I have had some e-mails come in and everyone is asking "is ephedra is safe or not?".Well I wont reply to that question.
The Diet Dilemma. Why Diets Dont Work
Let's face when it comes to overweight and obesity there are 2 basic facts we have to take into account.First, dieting is a huge industry.
The Truth About Losing Fat On Your Stomach
Do you know anybody who does not wish to get rid of the fat on one particular area of their body? I have not met anybody like that!"If I could only get rid of my big belly"! "Oh, I wish my thighs were slimmer"! Does it sound familiar?Even skinny people are often unhappy with the excess fat in some areas of their body. We've all seen those skinny men with huge bellies!This common problem is accompanied by a widespread belief that you can lose the fat on a "problem area" by exercising that particular area.
The Secret of Weight Loss
In the medical community, "obesity" is generally said to be present in women with more than 30% body fat and men with more than 25% body fat. "Morbid obesity," a more serious condition still, occurs when a person is 50-100% or 100 pounds above his or her ideal body weight or has more than 39% body fat.
When Dieting Should You Weigh Yourself Every Day?
How to Break the Weighing HabitFace it, if you weigh yourself more than once a day, you are a serious scale addict, and if you let the number on the scale affect how you feel, and whether it's going to be a good day, you are probably a bit too involved with that appliance. Danger, danger! Step away from the scale!The scale simply cannot tell the difference between muscle and fat, and while fat is bulky and lumpy, muscle is sleek and shapely.
Low Carb Diets - Are They For You?
The revolution is here. Weight Loss as we know it has changed forever because of one diet.
Struggling with Weight? - Get a Dog
Just about every one of us struggles with our weight on some sort of level. There are usually two basic factors in weight control.
LapBand Surgery: The Rules of the Road, Part 2
The Constant Quest for Restriction; Not enough vs. too muchRestriction.
The Hated Cellulite Cure That Works
Cellulite is not a medical condition or an aesthetic mutiny perpetrated by your thighs. It's just excess fat that we've relegated as unsightly.
Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us
Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.