Overcoming Obesity: Five Strategies to Help You Lose Weight and Live Healthier written by Sheila Olson
If your doctor informs you that you are clinically obese, it can feel devastating. Obesity is more than just a word that labels your body type. It’s a medical definition that indicates a serious underlying health issue, and it takes fundamental changes to your lifestyle and attitude to beat it. Here are five strategies you can employ to lose weight and improve your health.
Identify the Reason Behind Your Weight Gain
It’s hard to find a solution to a problem if you aren’t exactly sure what the problem is in the first place. Your obesity didn’t just appear out of nowhere, and if you want to do something about your weight, you first need to consider how and why you gained it. For many, becoming obese results from the kinds of foods they eat and how much physical activity they participate in daily.
While lifestyle can explain obesity for many, for others, eating has become a form of mental coping that allows them to handle past traumas, anxiety, or depression. Sudden changes in weight can also be attributed to physical ailments or hormonal imbalances, which is why you should also consider consulting medical professionals. If your sudden weight gain is due to a hormonal imbalance or some other health issue, a doctor may be able to prescribe medication to help regulate your body. However, most cases of obesity aren’t solved overnight. You still need to dedicate yourself to making lifestyle changes.
Adopt Routines at Home and Away
Regularity leads to results, and the best way to make a noticeable difference in your body is by committing your time and energy to living a healthier lifestyle. Routines are often associated with exercise, but you should also structure your other daily habits, including when you wake up, eat, and go to sleep. By maintaining a healthy routine, you will begin to notice a marked difference in how you look and feel.
Once you’ve set your daily routine, stick to it as much as possible, even when you’re on vacation. Rather than opting for a hotel, find a vacation rental with a kitchen so you can cook most of your meals. You may even be able to find a place with a home gym, community gym, or access to a local park for your daily dose of exercise. Even if you opt for a “staycation,” you can find a vacation property near the areas you want to explore. Tybee Island in Savannah, for instance, offers several scenic beaches, as well as Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. The island is also a short distance from downtown if you want to experience the nightlife.
Exercise at Home
The problem for many people facing obesity is that they are living a sedentary lifestyle. Without regular exercise, the body has no way to convert the calories it’s consumed into energy. By committing about an hour a day to physical activity, your body will be able to burn calories, as well as build strength, endurance, and flexibility.
What many people don’t know is that it doesn’t take jogging outside or investing in a gym membership to get in your daily exercise. By investing in a home gym, you can easily crank out your daily workout from the comfort of home. All you need to get started is some light equipment such as a Swiss ball, kettlebells, and resistance bands.
Change What You Eat
Exercise won’t do you much good if you continue to eat unhealthy foods. If all you eat is junk, your body will find it harder and harder to complete simple exercises. By eating right, you’ll give yourself the energy you need to continue exercising, while also cutting back unnecessary calories to push your diet to maximum efficiency.
Set Goals for Yourself
The best way to stay motivated with your diet and exercise routines is by creating SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound) for yourself to follow. Having goals will give you something to aim for every single day. Of course, your overall goal is to lose weight, but by setting smaller and more specific goals in addition, you can find inspiration to continue to improve your lifestyle and overall wellness.
Losing weight is not easy, but no matter how much you weigh, it’s never too late to make a change and start working toward a healthier lifestyle. Just remember that the difference starts with you.