Weight Loss - Losing Weight and Keeping It Off
Losing Weight and keeping it off is a huge dilemma for many.
Slim is In, fat get back... Losing weight has become a national past time.|
Winfrey, one of the most influential television personalities of this century,
has been struggling for years to lose weight and keep it off permanently.
Here's a recent quote she gave regarding recent weight gain:
about using food — abusing food. Too much work. Not enough play. Not enough time
to come down. Not enough time to really relax."
As brilliant as Mrs.
Winfrey is, we beg to differ with her just a bit.
Many have said that
weight gain can be a substitute for missing or misplaced emotional elements or
other sundry mind and body causes.
This gives rise to innumerable
strategies to change and cope.
Instead, we believe dealing with weight
may be a great deal simpler than one thinks.
First of all, let's see if
we agree upon the following and go on from there.
Food can be
absolutely delicious, tempting, addictive. Just as much as any other addictive
substance such as drugs, cigarette smoking, inhalants, alcohol.
seem to fill empty places in a person's psyche. At least, it feels that way.
Food can be used to comfort and soothe.
And THAT, my friends, is
what spurs the addition and prevents the reasonable limiting of food intake.
The Comfort and Soothing Aspects to Food
The comforting and
soothing aspects of eating are physiological body responses to anything that
tastes fantastic. Other feelings involved can include euphoria, peace,
tranquility, energy, excitement, joy, contentment.
How and why are you supposed to say "No" to that?
Answer to Why: Just because something is pleasurable doesn't mean you should do
Answer to How: Telling your body and mind, "No."
Why People Can and
Can't Say No to Food
So how in the world can anyone say no to such
After all, most all people do have the capacity to enjoy eating
with the greatest of delight and pleasure.
Nevertheless, the following conditions may explain
the differences among people and their appetites.
• Some people have an
internal turn off switch.
• Others don't quite enjoy eating as much as
• Some have greater response and sensitivity to taste.
have no turn off switch at all.
• Others have a great deal of body fat that
creates chemical reactions causing great cravings to maintain and grow more fat
• Some people have food clocks that no longer function properly.
• Some people know no joy other than putting something in their mouths that
What is Somebody to Do?
The best way to change
your body's appetite and your over eating habits may not be the easiest.
It requires putting the food DOWN. This is virtually impossible to many people.
They simply can't say no. Or, rather,
THAT'S WHAT THEY THINK.
Actually, they CAN say no, they CAN put the food down. They simply aren't
willing to put up with the suffering after they do these things.
Putting Up with the Suffering
That's the magic trick here.
Learning to accept the suffering of saying, NO.
Then, realizing that
THE SUFFERING DOESN'T GO ON FOREVER.
In most all cases, once you
have learned to accept the suffering of not eating what you want, and walking
around thinking about food all day long, you will gradually change.
In today's first world societies, we have become
accustomed to freedom from "suffering." There are countless pills and remedies
to alleviate every type of discomfort including sadness, anger, frustration, too
much energy, not enough energy, anxiety, moodiness, mild itches, imagined
There's money to be made in the industry of "Discomfort."
However, there are times when discomfort is legimitimate - for example,
growing pains, the pain of exercise, the pain of losing something valuable. And,
the pain of saying no to something we want.
We can take drugs, use
gimmicks, tell ourselves platitudes. Or, we can learn to accept, handle, move
away from, pain. The pain of saying No to ourselves when we know it's bad for
For some, the pain can be inordinate and unendurable. They absolutely
cannot learn to accept the suffering, or their appetites are far too strong to
This resembles those who are addicted to something and suffering greatly through
In these cases, and in fact in all health related matters,
one must consider consulting with their physician.
Meanwhile, we surmise
The first step to losing weight and keeping it off could
very well be:
Learning to accept the suffering required to say "No" to ourselves and follow
It may not be easy in the beginning, but the good news is that it gets easier
and easier as time goes on. Now that's a relief!
These are opinions
only. We are not physicians, therapists, consultants or practitioners in any
sense whatsoever regarding this issue.
Always talk to your physician
about any health matters.
We look forward to your thoughts!
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