Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

Almost anyone who has ever gone on a diet or bought into a weight loss program knows that keeping the weight off over time is the real challenge. Managing your weight for good takes patience and persistence. But only when your efforts pass the test of time can we speak of success at weight loss.

Successful Weight Management
Not as a Diet, but as a Lifestyle

As a dietitian and health counselor, I have always tried to pay close attention to the particular needs of each of my patients, not only with regards to their current physical health status, but all other important aspects of their lives as well. So, I have developed a more comprehensive approach. You can read through the following chapters in successive order or choose the topic(s) of your particular interest. Either way, I recommend that you gather as much information as possible to help you develop a weight management regimen that is just right for you. One more caveat: Rapid weight loss should always be monitored by a physician. If you take prescription medication or have a particular health problem to consider, it is strongly recommended that you undergo a physical examination before beginning any weight loss, diet or exercise changes.

A Road Map for Success
Weight loss is an issue for many people at one time or another. For some, it is a constant struggle. Others seem to succeed at first, but then they find themselves falling off the proverbial wagon. Succeeding at weight loss can be like reaching your destination at the end of a long journey. Before you start out, you have to make the decision that this is the journey you want to embark on and that it is the right time to go. Don’t make your decision lightly. There are lots of important issues to be considered, some of which may play a decisive role in the success or failure of your endeavor.
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On the Road to Healthy Living
No matter what your goals in life may be, good health is a fundamental requisite. In principle, we all know when we “get off track.” And yet, too many of us do not adhere to a healthful lifestyle. For instance, we may be aware that we should control our weight, cut back on alcohol, quit smoking, exercise more instead of spending hours watching TV, and so on. We promise ourselves to change all that – someday. Of course, that day never comes. Every so often we make another resolution, only to fall back into old habits. The good news is that it is never too late to start over.
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Different Personality Types – Different Eating Habits
We are what we eat, or so the saying goes. Actually, it may be the other way around: Who we are determines what we eat, or more precisely, how we eat. While every one of us is undoubtedly unique as a person, our behavior follows distinct patterns. In other words, the way we do things is part of our personality – and that includes our eating habits. Over many years of counseling as a dietitian, I have been able to observe different attitudes toward food among my clients. In the attempt to categorize them, I have come to distinguish seven (only coincidentally a “magic” number). I call them “Diner Types.”
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For Successful Weight Loss, Follow Guidelines that Work
Weight  management is a process. It takes sincere effort and commitment. Before you enroll in any diet or weight loss program, ask yourself what your ultimate goals are. No program is worth the effort (and money) if you don’t eventually succeed in controlling your weight for good. While intensive quick-fix diets can be an attractive option for rapid weight loss, they seldom let you manage your weight over time. Keep in mind that weight loss itself should not be your only goal. The reason why you want to return to your ideal body weight is to be more healthy and fit, feel better and live a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
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Weight Loss is Foremost a Health Issue
When it comes to losing weight, what matters most are not outside appearances but the underlying, much less visible changes that need to take place. These involve many more aspects of a person’s life than the reduction of body weight. All the diets and fitness regimens in the world will not work if you are not fully invested in meeting your health needs. The permanent adoption of a healthy lifestyle is a matter of choice, a fundamental change of one’s being, if you will. It takes a systematic approach that reaches far beyond a quick, and in all likelihood temporary do-over. As such, it challenges the entire person from the inside out.
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Do You Know Your Body Mass Index (BMI)?
The Body Mass Index ( BMI) is a formula commonly used by health care professionals to assess weight related risks, such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and certain types of cancer. It is only a guideline and does not apply to women during pregnancy and lactation, or for athletes whose BMI is elevated with their increased muscle mass.
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Body Shapes: Comparing Apples and Pears
What shape are you in? Extra fat is often stored in two places: The stomach area or the hips. Accordingly, there are two body types, sometimes referred to as apple and pear. Carrying extra weight around the stomach is more likely to create health problems than a concentration of fat cells in the hips and thighs, because of closer proximity to the inner organs.
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