What Can I Do To Lose Weight?

If you’re looking to lose weight, you’re not alone. We’re in an epidemic- and its only growing worse. According to getfitamerica.org, obesity is the #2 cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Obesity related disease costs are putting a massive and overwhelming burden on our healthcare system. Perhaps the worst of all is that 9 million children and teens in the US are considered overweight… and the rates are growing rapidly. New studies are indicating that 1 in 4 overweight children are starting to show signs of glucose intolerance indicating early signs of Type II Diabetes, and 1 in 4 are already showing at least one risk factor indicating signs of heart disease. Adults are unable to lose weight and children are following our unhealthy habits.

As we all know, in order to lose weight you must consume fewer calories than your body expends. We’re constantly told over and over to exercise and eat healthy in order to lose weight. But here’s the problem: we are exposed to drive thru’s, french fries, ice cream and pizza on a 24/7 basis, all at the snap of a finger. We know what it is that we are supposed to do to lose weight, but our bodies are made to continually crave the fats and sweets that are so easily accessible and readily available to us. The ingredients in overprocessed foods are literally making it impossible for many of us to lose weight and keep it off.

It’s easy to see why this is occurring. Our bodies simply are not designed and equipped for the 21st century lifestyle. As humans, we need good nutrition and fresh air. We need to move our bodies and get adequate sleep. Humans were not designed to sit in front of a computer all day and not move. Our ancestors would not have been able to resist the overprocessed foods that we are exposed to every day either. The reason that our ancestors did not have to worry about losing weight is because is that they did not have access to these addicting, “energy storing” foods at all times. We do.Sometimes it isn’t even the food that is preventing us from losing weight. Many of us eat for comfort, out of stress, or simply due to boredom. It isn’t that we really want the food, as is the feeling that we experience when we eat the food. That feeling is then associated with food and food then replaces our feelings! No wonder we can’t seem to lose weight!

So, what do we do? Fortunately for those of us who are still struggling to lose weight, new advancements are being discovered and we’re learning that exciting options are beginning to emerge. One of these exciting new options is preventative weight loss surgery.

We’re also starting to learn that eating healthy actually can taste good…really! There are so many different ways to cook delicious meals that taste AND make your body feel great! It’s simply a matter of education. Exercise is also doable for the majority of us…if we feel there is a purpose for it. There are tools and resources that can help you identify your feelings and regulate your emotions that are causing you to turn to food.