In a world where a lot is based on image, it is hard to keep up with what the media and insurance agencies say what we should weigh. I know that there are a lot of factors that deals with the increase in body fat. I know that hereditary genes, chemical imbalances, illnesses, medications, stress, lack of exercise and availability of food are all parts of the battle of weight loss.
The problem with people today is that we use these factors as excuses and crutches for our health. How many times have you heard “Everyone in my family is large.”, “I have a thyroid problem.”, “my medication makes me gain weight.”, “I eat because I’m stressed.” “I can’t exercise it’s snowing.”, “I just love food.”, “My diet didn’t work.” It’s time to stop making excuses and take control of our health.
So you have hereditary genes that cause people in your family to be large. Are you sure? I mean cultures have different views on body size but do Irish people have more body fat cells than Russians? There is not much scientific evidence to show that this is true. I think people just use it as an excuse. Take control of your life and stop using it as an excuse.
Sure there are medical problems and medications that cause us to gain weight. Drugs Prednisone, Elavil, Tofranil, Zyprexa, Paxil, Zoloft, Depakote, Diabeta, Dianbinese, Cardura, Indera, Nexium, and Prevacid can cause weight gain. Did you know that there are nearly fifty medications that can cause weight increase? The medication weight gain can be modest or extreme. I know that many of us have to take these medications to survive. That doesn’t mean that we should use the weight gain as an excuse. We need to educate ourselves on the side effects of the medications we are taking.
There are several illnesses that will cause weight gain. The major ones are Hypothyroidism. This is a condition where the thyroid gland, located in the neck, produces too little thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone regulates our metabolism. So too little hormone slows the metabolism and often causes weight gain. If your doctor suspects thyroid disease as a cause of your obesity, he or she may perform blood tests to check your hormone levels.
Cushing’s syndrome. This condition results when the adrenal glands (located on top of each kidney) produce an excess amount of a steroid hormone called cortisol. This leads to a build-up of fat in characteristic sites such as the face, upper back, and abdomen.
Depression. Some people with depression overeat, which can lead to obesity.
The best thing to do is to find out if any of your medications cause weight gain the minute that you get them. There are medications that can replace the medications that you are taking. If you’re unable to change the medication, then combat the medication or disease from the starting point. In most cases a 45 minute walk per day will combat the possible weight gain. You will also want to nourish your body with vitamin rich foods and watch your daily caloric intake. Talk to your doctor about how often you should get tested for Hyperthyroidism and Cushing’s disease.
Many of us eat because we like to eat and because of emotional factors. I know how easy it is to turn to food as an escape from your problems. The only problem is that food will not solve your problems. Taking steps to fix the problem is the only way to solve the problem. There are things that you can do if you’re faced with a problem and want to turn to food.
1. Many people use prayer. It’s a way of finding a quiet time to find a resolution to the problem. Plus you are running the problem over in your head and talking things out.
2. Seek counseling from your priest or a counselor. Your able to talk things out or at least voice yourself. It’s much better than stuffing your feelings down inside with food.
3. Get away from the food and use a journal. Remember when we use to work out problems from school on paper? That’s the same concept here.
Your diet didn’t work. Not many do work because they do not teach us about foods that nourish our bodies. I can go to the diet section of any bookstore and see shelves and shelves of diets that are suppose to slim your figure. How about stop buying into the diet industry and use that money to talk to a nutritionist.
I think we would all be better off if we knew how many calories we should be eating from puberty. A person needs about 7 calories per pound to maintain their body weight. To lose one pound a week, a person needs to burn 500 calories each day. It is the simple equation weight loss= nutritious calories in – calories out. So if a sumo wrestler that weighs 500 pounds wanted to lose a pound a week he would need 3500 calories – 500 calories in exercise to lose weight.
There are tools out there that will help us achieve the things that we want to achieve. To help us stop making excuses for ourselves and keep on top of our health.