Four reasons why Losing Weight is so critical, now, than ever before.
1. Obamacare. Beginning in 2014, expect appointments to see your regular doctor exceed 90 days, plus. If you need to see a specialist, it may take up to 4 to 6 months (or more). 2. The cost of drugs are fast becoming unaffordable even with insurance and even for generics. 3. Preparing your body (weight, blood pressure, blood glucose & cholesterol) will become the smartest and cheapest way to prepare for retirement. 4. Working until age 70 (and beyond) will become a financial necessity.
Do you want to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, Alheimer's disease or cancer?
To go through that would be very stressful, torturous, expensive, debilitating, horrific, saddening...the adjectives go on and on!
Or, do you want to be an energetic, sprightly, quick on your feet, fast-thinking centenarian?
That's my goal and my desire, to live a long, happy, healthy life! Not to be sick and debilitated, always hobbling to the hosptial emergency room or to the doctor's office.
Also, losing weight is critical, but doing it in a sane, safe way is just as critical. Overexercising, undereating and obsessing about food is NOT the way to go and will soon cause medical problems, too. It's called compulsive exercising and orthorexia.
Increase the number of fruits and veggies in your diet.
Eat a balanced diet of mostly complex carbs, some protein, and some healthy, unprocessed fats. Vegetable oils are highly processed and are toxic and clog arteries! Healthy fats are nuts, seeds, avocados.
Avoid all processed foods. Yes, sliced whole wheat bread is a processed food! So is your "healthy," "whole grain" cereal!
Avoid sugar. Period.
Don't even think about fast food or soda (including diet!).
Keep restaurant eating down to a minimum (make low-calorie choices).
Get active! Move! Stand up! Find activities you love to do...and do them!
Finally, enjoy your food, savor it, and don't feel guilty if you break the rules every once in a while. The point is to not obsess about "eating healthy," and to just eat to live, eat for enjoyment, and eat for a healthy, long, and vibrant life!
If I have a cookie every once in a blue moon, I savor every morsel! I don't feel guilty!
There are too many people who post here who feel guilt or bash themselves by saying, "I have no control." They've let food have control over their lives. So the overeat. And binge.
They create categories of "bad" foods and "good" foods. For example, some people think that eating only protein is good for you, and that carbs are BAD! I'm sorry to report--breaking news--our species SURVIVES on carbs! THAT'S what I mean when I say that people are not losing weight in a SANE way...they are developing orthorexic traits!
P.S. I misspelled Alzheimer's in my previous post...not because I'm developing it, I hope!
What complicates weight loss and makes it frustratingly hard to succeed are two factors that people most certainly overlook...
Loneliness and Happiness. Both, directly and indirectly, contribute to stress. People can live with others and, yet, be very lonely, very isolated, at the very same time. This stress causes us overeat. People "obsess" with having fun. This is stressful, too, and causes overeating, too.
We both stress healthy lifestyle habits to combat weight loss, Pet Pea. Where we differ is you tend to emphasize diet and I advise exercise. There's no question that if you want to lose weight, you must overhaul your diet. But, from my experience, the motivation to change the food we eat is driven by movement and daily activity. I think daily exercise is the most powerful lifestyle change one can make. The reason being, exercise alters your perspective on life and you can't loose weight until you change your "priorities", and...
We are, here, to make the lives of others, better. You can't do that if you're, forever, diggin' your own grave.
"...28% of those with a chronic condition like hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and asthma who needed medication for it reported they did not fill prescriptions or skipped doses because they couldn't afford to pay for the drugs...."
The point of all this? The baby boomers are collapsing the medical system. Our inability and procrastination to lose weight and exercise, daily, has reached a "tipping" point. 30-40 million newly-obamacare-insured will be hitting the system at a time when doctors are already "booked" to the limit and medicare and medicaid reimbursement are not enough to sustain many physician practices. In other words, doctors are exiting private practice...for good!
Still, can't get "motivated" to eat healthy and exercise?
I do tend to emphasize diet over exercise, although both are important, and if you do both, you'll experience a double whammy of health benefits!
The reason I stress diet is because I improved my diet by doing all of the above in my previous post...at the time, my workout regimen sucked, for lack of a better term, and I lost weight, gained energy, reduced pain, and reduced stress. A better exercise plan would have only quickened the results!
BOTH an improved diet and exercise boost feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.
Procrastination is the key word. People procrastinate until they get a life-changing diagnosis like high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc...THEN they make better lifestyle choices! Why are you going to wait until you are almost dead?! Do you like teetering on the edge of death? Do you enjoy taunting Death?
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