Millions and millions of people have weight issues. We have so many fat people and obese people among us now that the issue of being overweight has become an epidemic.
Being overweight doesn’t look good and, even worse, it doesn’t feel good. Literally. Fat people lack energy, they are proven to tend to be far more susceptible to other health problems than are those who are lean and fit, and research even shows that fat people are overall less intelligent than lean people.
But millions and millions of people also despair of losing that unwanted weight. They have tried dieting and failed. They have tried working out but it just seems too hard and they can’t sustain it. What are you supposed to do if you want to lose weight?
Start Asking the Mirror Some Questions
You have to ask the right questions to get the right answers. And the first of the right questions to ask that mirror, if you are overweight, is: “Am I truly hungry?” For one of the key reasons why a person becomes overweight is overeating. But overeating is an oft-misunderstood concept. Overeating comes from eating at the wrong times, for the wrong reasons. In other words, if you’re eating when you’re not truly hungry, you’re overeating, and this is helping to keep you fat.
Michelle May, MD, author of the book Am I Hungry?, says “Hunger is your body’s way of telling you that you need fuel, so when a craving doesn’t come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it. Your stomach is only the size of your fist, so it takes just a handful of food to fill it comfortably.”
American Dietetic Association spokesman Malena Perdomo, RD, also points out “Sitting down with a bag of chips or cookies in front of the television is an example of eating amnesia, where you mindlessly eat without being hungry, but out of habit.”
Now think of the times when you eat for emotional reasons, or mindlessly-such as when you’re watching a movie or something on TV. Also think of all the times when you eat so much that you soon become tired, or feel bloated, or have an upset stomach even though you didn’t eat any spicy or greasy food. These actions all indicate overeating.
This is not to say that your food should taste like cardboard paste. Your food should taste delicious to you. And, it should satiate you. Bland diets that don’t allow you to eat enough food are not helpful to people in their weight loss efforts (another reason for so many people’s failure).
What You Can Do
What can you take away from these facts and concepts to help yourself lose weight as you wish to?
- Eat smaller portions at a time. This means you’re allowed to eat more often-just eat less at one sitting.
- You could get into the rhythm of eating smaller portions at a time by changing the size of the plate you normally eat off of. That is, start habitually choosing a smaller plate. Fill it, finish the food off, and then be finished for that sitting.
- Eat when you are hungry, not when you think you’re “supposed to” eat, or when you want some emotional comforting.
So, in conclusion, take these simple, initial steps to losing weight. Your frustration will be replaced with success.