An American humorist said “Quitting smoking is easy. I’ve done it hundreds of times.” The same could be said for embarking on a diet; easy to begin (especially after a heavy meal), difficult to maintain.Being at a body weight and size appropriate to your body structure is associated with increased energy, productivity and self-confidence, looking and feeling more attractive, being sexually more responsive and living longer. Being overweight, on the other hand is implicated in heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, depression, fatigue, sleep apnea, and low self-esteem.
Since the benefits of being slimmer are so pronounced, why can’t the majority of dieters stick to a weight loss regime, and what can be done to reduce the dismal pattern of their yo yo dieting efforts. To make weight loss permanent, you need a new way of viewing your body; that is, coming to the realization that you owe your body respect and protection. It’s the only one you’ve got and if you aren’t responsible for it, who will be?
Following from this view it is important to get a clear picture of first, why you want to lose this extra weight, then detail what, how, how much, and especially under what circumstances you overeat or eat unhealthily. This also applies to drinking to excess. Following this inventory, detail lifestyle changes in how and why you will eat differently, that you can live with comfortably, and indefinitely.
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