Rather than focus on negatives, why not ask, "What inspires and motivates you to lose weight?"
Have you ever heard the phrase, "You are what you eat"?
Do you think diet can have an affect on how responsible, honest and reliable you are? Do you think exercise can affect your patience?...or, self confidence? Could alcohol consumption affect how you behave towards family members, friends, even, co-workers? Can poor health cause apathy & lack of commitment in the workplace? Could suffering poor health be the cause for procrastination and never following through with your dreams? Do you have complete control of your thoughts or are you "coerced" into negativity because of your poor state of health? Can becoming a healthier American improve our country's future?
The reason why weight loss is so hard is because it's difficult to "relate" how your present state of health is affecting your thinking and rationale. Once you reconcile that better health means better quality of life, then, breaking the vicious cycle becomes possible.
The secret to losing weight is make small, everyday improvements. Then, ask yourself, "How do I feel? How am I thinking?" Quality of thoughts are key.View Thread
1. Water, Water, Water (especially, during meals) 2. Reduce sugar and salt (eat whole foods not processed) 3. Walk, Walk, Walk
If you walk and drink water, the force of gravity, alone, will exert a downward pressure and movement of any fecal material through the colon.
Understanding the importance of regularity and how to achieve it, is one of the most important things you will ever learn in life. (articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/14/normal-stool.aspx)[br>[br> Stay away from laxatives and stool softeners; Read the label! They are not designed for continuous use!View Thread
Lots of possibilities...You could have IBS of Celiacs. You could have a peptic ulcer. You could be eating too many beans, onions or brocoli. You could be lactose intolerant. You could be constipated. Your bloating could be associated with your period. Your stomach could be generating too much acid. It may be your diet...or have nothing to do with your diet.
Whenever I want to get to the bottom of things, I take notes... Lots and lots of notes. With my notes, I become "expert"...at anything.
You will have a very hard time losing weight because weight loss has a direct relationship with improvements in health, fitness, stamina and concentration. A healthy lifestyle demands improving sleep, both deeper and in duration. For every 4 calories you consume, your brain uses 1. How can you focus and be alert and improve your health when you skip meals? See your doctor and have him/her explain what's going on.
There's more sugar in a serving of pasta sauce or ketchup or Raisin Bran cereal or Cranberry juice then there is in a can of soda. Foods don't have to be "sweet" to be loaded with sugar.View Thread
Think for a minute. Did you have any "control" over how many pounds you "gained" over the years...10, 20, 40, 100, or more?. If you're like everyone, here, that probably sounds like a really stupid question. Of course you didn't jump start your weight "gain" program. It just happened over time.
So, then, what makes you think you can "control" weight loss?
Your body determines how much weight you carry. It's like water in a pond. Weight "settles". It's an equilibrium point. The settling point is determined by your state of health. When in good health, your vital organs and physiology is capable of removing metabolic waste products at a fast enough pace to maintain good fitness and normal weight. But, the aging process begins to kick in late 20's and, as you grow older, those key systems begin to lose efficiency...
You see where I'm going with this? Your state of health degraded based on normal aging coupled with unhealthy & toxic lifestyle habits (lack of exercise, lack of water, poor posture, not enough sleep, unnecessary antibiotics, vaccinations and pills and, of course, poor diet. This caused a shift in "equilibrium" and weight increase resulted.
So, now, you want to "lose" weight, right? Do you see how ridiculous a goal that is? How? By cleansing? Is that going to restore your health, is that what you think? By "detoxing"? What proven studies show that this procedures work? If 2/3s of the adult population in this country is willing to pay $boo-koo for a quick fix, why isn't everybody "cleansing" and "detoxing"? What are they waiting for?
I just want to point out the reason why there is no proven process for weight loss. I just want to point out why there will never be a pill invented that will allow you to shed pounds, permanently. I just want to point out why 90% of the people that try to lose weight, fail! You have no more ability to lose weight than pigs can fly. The goal of weight loss is not something you control anymore than you control weight gain.
The only thing you can do is live a healthy lifestyle. That will slowly shift the settling point in your weight, little by little. It's slow at the beginning (like overcoming inertia) but once you gain some momentum, the weight will shed fast. Do you believe you can run (two miles) faster than you could 20 years ago? I can. Wouldn't that be an indication of health reversal? And, guess what? I weigh less, now, than I did 20 years ago. And, I don't need any drugs to maintain normal blood glucose levels, now, either (another "equilibrium" point just like blood pressure).
The issue is not whether you believe what I say is true. The issue is simple. Why are you, here, and are you gonna do the same things you've done in the past...and expect different results, this time? Or, are you gonna try to control something that's actually controllable?View Thread
Consider. Why is it that anorexia is widely acknowledged as a "psychological/mental health" disorder but obesity is widely acknowledged as not (a psychological disorder)?
Remember when Tom Cruise made the statement, years ago, about Brooke Shields and her experience with post-partem depression, saying "When someone says drugs helped them, it's to cope...(drugs) it doesn't cure anything." Remember, how everyone, women especially, attacked and mocked Tom and made him a laughing stock? Tell me. Do you think anti-depressants help cure or do you think it just suppresses (masks) the bad feelings.
My point is simple. Everyone on this board knows that you shouldn't eat french fries smothered in ketchup. Everyone knows that eating subway sandwiches packed with veggies will not make that ridiculous bun and stacks of processed meat any healthier. And, everyone, here, knows that taking a 30 minute walk in the cool of the early evening actually feels wonderful on your face. So, why do the same people always have the same never ending weight problem...year after year after year?
Obesity is a result of poor lifestyle choices. People with weight problems won't/can't change their behavior. So, the only thing they can do, instead, is focus on losing weight.
Taking phentermine (going on diets, getting cleanses and taking supplements) is like covering your car to protect it from birdpoop. Just like excess bodyfat, birdpoop is a "symptom". If you don't like cleaning birdpoop, stop parking under trees.
Tom Cruise was right. Drugs don't cure anything. Changing behavior does.View Thread
What do you think causes bloat? Sure, hormones play a significant role. But, there are other factors in play, too. #1 Exercise; the more you move, the less water you retain. #2 Reduce salt #3 Reduce sugar #4 Reduce caffeine #5 Reduce fatty meats and fried foods #6 Control stress
The body mirrors our lifestyle. You want to change your body? Then, change your lifestyle.View Thread
Set a goal and develop a "process" that will help you to reach that goal. What's your plan on becoming "healthier"? Why would you create a process that includes a step that you can't perform? From where I'm from, we call that "sabotage".View Thread