Don't you wonder why it is? Why is it that you use to eat piles and piles of Mac and Cheese and, now, you gain weight just looking at a plate of the stuff? Have you any idea what's different, now? Don't you think that's a legitimate question? Don't you think it has relevance (to how you decide to lose weight)?
It you really understood the problem of weight gain in relation to the aging process, you'd realize it's a very serious and complex problem. It's a problem that's compounded not only with age but lack of movement, too. And, because it's so intimately tied to movement, it's going to take a helluva lot of movement to repair the damage that's done now that vital organs are encased in visceral fat.
What I'm suggesting is that Obesity is more "injury" than disease or whatever it is you think the problem is. And, with injury, you need to exercise patience and common sense. especially, at the very beginning of your journey. This is the biggest mistake most people have, here, and why they fail. They underestimate their disability and jump, head-first...Just like when they were young. And, they're not, anymore. Plus, obesity and insulin resistance ramp the aging process, too, so 20 somethings feel (and move) like 40 Somethings.
I say this not to discourage others. I say this to consider: Why is it so hard? Why don't I get results, faster? If it was simply "eat less, move more", why do few people succeed, long term? The reason is, all "injuries" should be rehabilitated, carefully and slowly. Not, starved to death or given a drug or supplement. Good luck.View Thread
Think "simplify". For me, energy is a commodity so I try to make my goals for the day, few and simple, so as to conserve as much of it for my evening walks. Exercise is tough to do when you're exhausted; who knew? Also, if you eat when you're emotional, then avoid getting emotional. again, who knew? View Thread
Pay close attention to not only weight loss but the following, too. Blood pressure, Cholesterol (HDL), Blood Glucose, Vitamin D, Magnesium and no tobacco or alcohol consumption. If your fasting blood glucose level is 100 or higher, make sure your doctors runs a Hemoglobin A1C & C-Reactive Protein test. People who are overweight are more susceptible to infection. They are more susceptible to insomnia. They are more inclined to need laxatives, ant-acids and nsads (pain killers). They are more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. They are more susceptible to inflammatory issues and autoimmune conditions. That's why being overweight usually is never the "only" problem...yeast infections, gout, cataracts, digestive issues like flatulence, GERD, IBS, Chron's, depression, enlarged prostate, hormonal imbalances, etc., etc, etc,...
Eating lessbad food will not cure any disease. Eating plenty of whole, fresh natural foods, will. High daily activity, will. Active lifestyles promote good sleep which is also vital for immune health. When you go to bed, you should fall asleep in less than 10 mins. That's the best indication you're on the right tract!
Watch your "vitals"! If weight was the most critical thing then doctors wouldn't bother to check the other "stuff" and if the other stuff are not normal, the weight's coming back, anyway. Remember, drugs only tame symptoms; they repair, little.View Thread
How long have you had "hypethyroid"? Were just recently diagnosed? 5 years ago? All your life? Your doctor suggests this is the "cause" of your weight fluctuations. But, what if you've been living with these same thyroid hormone levels for the last 20 years?
My point is this. A healthy lifestyle is what it is. It's no different for a Chinese than it is for a Navajo Indian. An eskimo doesn't "workout" because he or she is overweight. He works out because it's essential for a healthy, non-hyperthyroid, lifestyle. In other words, whatever you decide to do or not do, take care of yourself, first. Because, you may have been "diagnosed", recently. But, you could have had the same condition when you were 5, in pigtails and had no weight problems. How would you know?View Thread
Are you prediabetic or diabetic? Did you develop gestational diabetes at anytime during your pregnancy? I am diabetic but I treat it through diet and lifestyle, only. No drugs; never. There may be as many and 80-100 million Americans either prediabetic of diabetic, many of them clueless, btw, of their condition. I ask this because the "beauty" of diabetes is it demonstrates just how important high daily activity (as opposed to "exercise"), sleep, water consumption and stress play big roles in maintaining a healthy immune system (& blood glucose control).
The point is this. How long have people fixated on "diet", alone, to lose weight. How long have people counted calories? 50-100 years, maybe?...Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Arthritis, Depression, IBS, Gout, COPD, PCOS, Cancer...In my mind, they're all just different symptomatic manifestations from the same root cause...an imbalanced lifestyle. Just way too much stress and not enough self-awareness of the body breaking down under the relentless strain...until it collapses in a heap...the the depression.
Too much bad food. Inconsistent sleep. Guzzle anything but water. Poor oral hygiene. Sitting all day long. Smear any and every lotion, skin cream, hair product, deoderant on the skin and believing it's perfectly safe and will not harm or affect brain, heart and especially liver and kidneys. Limited access to fresh, clean air.
If you had diabetes ( I hope you don't) you would see how foolish these weight losers are to suggest that "diet", alone, will accomplish their goals. Or, that exercise can overcome regular daily ingestion of alcohol, soda and massive amounts of starch/carbs. Weight loss doesn't result. It hasn't ever worked. And, it never will work. Why?
Because the goal is not to lose weight. It's to restore and rehab a severely abused and crippled metabolic system. Only a balanced lifestyle and time can accomplish as miraculous as that.
It's estimated that fewer than 1 in 10 over the age of 40 can successfully lose weight, long term (over 5 years). Now, do you understand the reason why?View Thread
You're not a nerd. We all have our peculiar interests, things we find funny and, most especially, things that inspire us and peak our imagination. I have absolutely no idea what the heck you're talkin' about (Arrow? Oliver Queen?) which tells me, you're moving in the right direction*.
Find the fun. When we do that, we don't care how we look or what strange sounds come out of our bodies, we just want more. When you've found it, you'll know...Then, you can thank me.
* I raise "corgis". When home, I've walked with at least one "pem(broke)", off-leash, everyday (4am), for the last 10 years. The quiet, cool and calmness is exquisite! I don't want anyone to know what a blast it is. We don't want the company...
Remember: Motivation aint something you "find". It finds you.View Thread
Do you have to move, more, when trying to lose weight? Yes, that's true (only it has little to do with "burning more calories" as most people think).
Does moving more have to be so unpleasant that it requires "motivation"? Yes...if the only two choices I had were, (A.) walking on a treadmill, and (B.) dragging my a22 around a block, 5 times.
Imagination,then, inspiration precede "motivation". The reason you can't find what you seek? You're looking for the wrong thing. Do something fun, then, do "it" a little faster so you can sweat a little.Fun things don't require "motivation".View Thread
1. Get it out of your head that diet and exercise, only, affect weight.2. Study how the human body works, specifically, how lifestyle choices affect weight gain 3. Get a job 4. Move out of the house. 5. Establish a healthier lifestyle (with less stress) that will move your body towards a balanced state.
The reality is, you've witnessed the growth of your body. It's not like you had no control or say in the matter. You're right...emotional & physical stress, plus, over-fixation on your weight does not help matters. Then, again, your dad doesn't load the fork that goes into your mouth, nor, does he encourage you to go sleep deprived (the very worst thing you can do to the human body, imo). Good luck on reaching your goals.View Thread
Establish increased daily movement and activity as the centerpiece for you health plan. Why do this vs. focusing on "diet" as you have in the past?
Because, (1.) Why keep doing what you've been doing and expect a "different" outcome, and (2.) Weight Gain is incidental to numerous other issues you have that have little to do with diet. I'm talking arthritis, hyperglycemia, hypothyroidism, lipidemia, autoimmune and digestive issues. Exercise is the key step in reversing your "health" issues which will lead, eventually, to weight loss.
Lastly, do you put time limits on being "happy". By regaining energy and rebuilding your body through healthier diet, exercise and a commitment to more rest, wedding attendees will see beauty on your face & smile, not your body. "Whatever you believe about yourself on the inside will manifest on the outside." What you want on your daughter's day in August has more to do with attitude, not cellulite.View Thread
Walk. One step at a time. Start with just 10 minutes. Add tiny increases in both speed and duration, daily. Build your endurance and strength from the ground, up.
Walking manages stress and anxiety. Walking strengthens your heart. Walking reduces blood pressure. Walking normalizes and stabilizes blood glucose. Walking reduces triglycerides and increases HDL. Walking enhances mood and outlook. Walking sharpens focus and resolve.
If you notice, all of these benefits (of walking) will work to protect your kidneys (& your liver, brain, heart, lungs and immune system, too) while you wait for your "transplants". Who knows, maybe if you walk far enough, your dr may conclude you won't need new ones, after all.
Forget "exercise" and forget about "losing 25-50"! Just buy a pedometer and start building the number of steps you take, everyday. I started over 10 years ago and during that time I've taken close to 50,000,000 steps! It's been a long, long time when I last thought about "exercise" or "losing weight". I was to busy walking, I guess...