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Everyday more people are joining the weight loss league. Some are starving themselves, while others are popping some type of diet pill all trying to fight the bulge. This decision is very important especially since being over weight is one of the greatest risk factor for diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and other debilitating chronic diseases. If you are trying, don’t give up! Keep moving toward your goal. Your life may depend on it! You’ll make it by God’s help and His wisdom. Rejoice at each pound you lose even if it’s only one at a time. It is a known fact that if you lost just ten pounds it has a great impact on the control of diabetes and other life threatening diseases. You took a while to put on all that weight, so be sensible, you’re not going to lose it in one day! Remember, it is what’s happening on the inside of you that matters the most. You may not lose 50 pounds as fast as you hoped, but if through exercise and a proper diet the pounds are coming off slowly, you are feeling more energized, you can now climb the stairs without huffing and puffing, pat yourself on the back, you are doing wonderfully. You will live longer because of the changes you’ve made.

Here are some pitfalls of overweight people. Try to avoid this trap:

• More likely to skip breakfast
• Snack a lot especially on high calorie foods
• Drink a lot of soft drinks or juices
• Frequently eat out at venders or fast food eateries
• Eat their biggest meal at night just before bedtime
• Get little Exercise
 

If you are guilty of two or more of these pitfalls, you need to make some lifestyle changes.

People who skip breakfast usually make up for it later. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the time we break the longest fast we’ve had during the 24 hour cycle. The only reason we are not eating is because we are sleeping. When we rise in the morning our metabolism is at its highest. It’s the best time for the biggest meal of the day. Unfortunately, many are not hungry
because the large amount of food from the night before is still sitting in the stomach.

Eating late at night is the dieter’s greatest nightmare, for this is when people gain most of their weight. In the evening our metabolism is at its lowest preparing for rest and this is the time when most people fill up their tank. Our stressful lifestyle seem to drive us in this direction. We seem to have absolutely no other time to enjoy our meal. However, If we plan to win the battle with the bulge we need to make some sensible adjustments. If we eat a good breakfast and lunch, it will be easier to eat a light supper or even skip this meal. However, If we skip or skimp breakfast and lunch, we set our selves up for eating anything and everything in sight during the evening.

Many people don’t realize the amount of calories they consume each day from drinks alone. A 12 ounce can of soda has up to 220 calories, while a 12 ounce can of juice has 180 calories. If you consume the equivalent of five 12 ounce cans of drink each day, you are consuming over 1000 extra calories. Some weight management programs put their clients on 1400 calories per day. 1000 calories from drinks leave little space for real food. Be sensible. Drink water. It has no calories and quenches the thirst better than any sweet liquid I know.

If You are trying to lose weight you may want to consider taking a home packed lunch. Pack some of the delicious food you cooked for your family the night before. This way you can enjoy that meal too, only at a different time. This allows you to control the amount of fat calories you intake and it’s cheaper too.

Exercise is not an option for weight management, it’s a must! If you want to lose weight you must commit to exercising for at least 30 minutes at least 5 times per week.

A little caution about all the wonderful fat burning pills on the market today. Many have tried them to continually get the same results. They just don’t work over time. Most people lose some pounds initially, but soon find that they stop and later gain more weight than they had before. Most of the claims of these weight loss pills are not true. Many of them have caffeine and other such diuretics that cause one to lose fluids instead of fat. You don’t want to lose weight from losing fluids. You want to lose fat!

A healthy lifestyle that focuses on sensible eating habits in combination with proper exercise is God given and is the only way to sensibly lose weight. If you need help with weight management see your dietitian today!

Word of Wisdom From Your Dietitian.

Idamae Hanna M.P.H.,R.D.
Write me at :
P.O. Box N-7416 Nassau, Bahamas
Call me at: 323-5473