We should all be aware of the real culprits of obesity. There are some things, influences and behaviors, that if you change and put a stop to, you’ll lose weight. If you can master doing a few important things differently, you’ll have an easy time losing weight. Here are some of the obesity culprits, and some changes you can make to establish an environment for successful weight loss.
Stop being a creature of habit.
You know most of the things you shouldn’t do or don’t do, to lose weight, right? You shouldn’t overeat or eat to many processed foods, or sit in front of the TV in a vegetative state all day. You know you should be exercising, tracking the foods, quantities, and calories you eat, as well as writing your thoughts and feelings in a journal twice each day. Are these the types of things you’re doing? If you’re doing what you shouldn’t, that needs to stop. The things you’re not doing, need to be incorporated into your life now, replacing all of those behaviors that don’t belong in a weight loss plan. Just because you’ve had your ways for so long, it doesn’t mean they can’t change today. Do you want to lose weight? Your habits need to change, or else it won’t happen for you. By changing your bad habits, you’re going to get healthier, and you’re going to lose weight.
You don’t have sufficient help.
I didn’t have anyone to help me lose weight. I had a book that my mom bought when I was about twelve years old or so. It didn’t do much for me, until I was really ready to lose weight. When that time came, that book was my answer. It taught me how to eat, advised me to cut back on fat and calories, and taught me about the importance of getting active. I didn’t have anyone to guide me, protect me from the pitfalls, or be supportive. I was all alone in it. So, I know exactly what it’s like. Whatever you feel, I’ve most likely felt that same feeling and been through the same thing. I struggled a longtime before I was able to lose the weight I wanted, and then I had to learn how to keep it off and stop yo-yoing. I yo-yoed many times for a few years, up and down between 40 - 60 pound gains and losses. I kept at it in spite of that. So, if you feel you can’t do it on your own, you’re wrong. There’s no excuse for you to not lose weight. If I could do it, you can too. I know you’ve probably heard that before, but it’s the truth. My weight loss was difficult. I believe I was one of the severe cases, but you know what? I did it. I lost weight and I was finally able to figure out how to keep it off, and so can you.
The only way to get involved with something, be a part of it, make a difference and succeed, is to take the initiative. Do you want positive things to happen for yourself? They won’t happen, if you don’t get involved. You can’t sit back and be passive about your life, or you won’t achieve your goals and those big dreams you have. You can’t just “think it,” you have to “be it.” You need to live and breed the person you want to be, and take on those big challenges, that’ll get you closer to the things you desire. So, you want to lose weight? What’s your initiative going to be? You need to do something. How are you going to change your life tomorrow? What are the ways you can come up with, that’ll make you do everything differently, and move towards what you should be doing? Are you going to give up fast food? Are you going to learn about healthy cooking? Are you going to walk an hour everyday? Are you going to take up yoga? Are you willing to journal write once in the early day, and again before bed? What about changing outside influences? Or, your living environment? Weight loss takes a big initiative on your part, because action is the only way to get the process going.
When you see obese people on TV and on weight loss shows, the first thing we see is the size of the people. Have you wondered how someone 500, 600, 700 pounds, got that way? Where did they get the food? How did they even get above 300 pounds? Was it the cause of just themselves? Or, different influences? Eventually, it ends up lying in the hands of enablers. It’s sad though. Think of the person who does the food shopping or the fast food runs for those people. They must feel awful about feeding them those things. But, they’re in a position where they feel sorry for them, so they do it. Of course they want to help them, and they’ve probably tried, but they can’t handle it on their own. Can you imagine the guilt of the caretaker? They feel guilty if they say no, but guilty if they do. That’s an awful position to be in. There are also the “not so good enablers,” the ones who have motives to be destructive. I don’t know, some people have issues. The enabling, the destructive behaviors, need to come to an end. Getting fed fatty, high calorie and highly processed foods, won’t help you whatsoever. You’ll stay fat, and they’ll get you fatter. The longer it goes on, the more difficult weight loss will get. It starts with gaining weight, then possible loss of mobility and emotional issues. Things can escalate badly, quickly. You need positive supporters, not the enablers who worsen your condition.
Do you think it’s too hard to change? The truth is, it only appears to be. We think something will be hard, until be get onboard. Do you watch the Biggest Loser? Do you see their eating habits change? And, they’re exercising like crazy. It’s what they wanted and finally have. They know what good it does to eat better. It most cases, I’m sure they never want to return to their old eating habits. They have a taste of what good eating and exercise feels like. So, it’s not hard to change. In the beginning, taking the steps may be difficult, but get that taste of healthy ways, and you’re not going to want to go back to your old ways. That’s the part of the Biggest Loser that is terrific, because living in the Biggest Loser house, changes habits. So, you can see for yourself what change does. I didn’t need the Biggest Loser and neither do you, but you see the proof in making changes, and what it’ll do for your weight. Get the obesity culprits out of your life, and begin living in healthy ways by including all of the positive things it takes to lose weight.