Losing Weight is a Lifestyle Choice

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Losing Weight is a Lifestyle Choice

Today, obesity is prevalent among the young, adults and the elderly alike, it’s growing at a rapid pace all over the world and it accounts for a staggering 18% of deaths in the US alone. Although various weight issues are seen in developing countries, the highly developed corners of the world are no less affected –case in point, Australia deals with obesity in 63% of its adult population.

Despite the fact that almost one third of the world’s population is overweight or obese, people seem to struggle with making health, and not just weight loss, their lifestyle choice. So instead of resorting to crash diets and similar unhealthy decisions, what can you do to turn your life around one careful step at a time?

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Face the facts

Too many people with weight issues never seek medical help or advice when it comes to introducing healthy and ditching unhealthy habits. Sadly enough, obesity is rarely the only health problem you’ll need to address, and while it’s crucial to lose weight, it’s equally important not to aggravate any other underlying causes or consequences of weight gain.

Start by calculating your body mass index (BMI), to understand your current state of health and have an idea of your ideal goals. Simultaneously, a general health checkup is in order, to establish your cardiovascular and joint health. As soon as you have a clear idea of where you stand, you can start your weight-loss journey.

Educate yourself

As with every good decision in life, losing weight starts with a state of mind. A strong foundation of significant lifestyle changes requires exploring the right diets, exercise options, as well as other behaviors to make your transition as comfortable as possible. For instance, did you know that if you start drinking enough water, you will instantly increase your chances of losing weight?

Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of weight loss is rewiring your brain, because obesity alters it to prevent the feeling of fullness and perpetuate the need for sugary, fatty foods. On the other hand, as you start changing your menu, your body will rebel at first, until you start reaping the rewards.

Seek support

Obesity often leads to numerous psychological issues as well, and depression is among the most common ones, which makes your weight-loss an even greater challenge. However, with the right support from your friends, family and therapy, working towards building a positive mindset will help you boost your self-esteem, willpower and rebuild your confidence.

As a result, certified Sydney psychologists are witnessing an increased need of their services for obesity-related depression. This single decision is sometimes the key ingredient for establishing a healthy self-image, accomplishing your goals, and having continuous guidance through the weight-loss process.

Take charge and measure your progress

With so much knowledge in your hands and relevant support, creating a step-by-step plan to restore your health can become your number one priority, and while it will definitely not be an easy feat, you can find options that will make you happy and healthy at the same time.

Writing down lists of foods you can eat, your daily caloric intake, your macronutrient breakdown, hydration needs, and scheduling your meals will greatly help in accomplishing your goals.

While you can have a general goal in mind, create smaller, reachable milestones on a weekly and monthly level, so that you can measure your progress, inspire a feeling of accomplishment and be able to track the speed of your progress. There can be no greater encouragement than actually seeing the changes happen.

Much like with other challenges in life, there will be setbacks on the road towards restoring your health, but they should by no means discourage your efforts or serve as excuses to stray back into your old, unhealthy habits.

Nurture a grateful, loving state of mind and constantly strive for overcoming your current limitations, and you will not only improve your own quality of life, but also serve as a role model to those around you and inspire them to follow in your footsteps towards a healthy lifestyle.


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