Are you struggling with obesity? Have you tried to lose weight and just can’t seem to make it happen? or maybe, like many people, you have already lost a substantial amount of weight in the past but have gained it all back.
First, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Losing weight is a challenge and a big one for a lot of people. The good news is that there are numerous resources out there to help you manage weight loss and obesity.
Here’s how to know when it’s time to get help managing your obesity.
#1 You don’t know where to start.
It’s easy to know you need to lose weight. It’s not so easy to know how to begin losing the weight. If you feel overwhelmed or would just like some guidance, then it’s time to get help. Get some advice from your doctor and look into meeting with a nutritionist and a personal trainer. Make sure both experts have experience working with obesity and the related health concerns.
#2 You have a plan to lose weight and exercise – you just can’t seem to stick to it.
If this is you then chances are your plan isn’t customized for your personality and basic needs. The best way to achieve big goals is to take baby steps to get there. Small steps are easier to accomplish. Consider seeking help modifying your weight loss plan. You don’t have to lose all your weight at once. A pound a week is a great start. Over the course of a year that’s 52 pounds so it adds up too. Consider consulting a coach to help you create a weight loss plan that makes sense for you.
#3 You hate to exercise.
Okay, so for many, exercise is a bad word. This is common and it’s easy to overcome. Consider changing your mindset. Instead of ‘exercise’ call it ‘activity’. Find an activity you enjoy. Perhaps you like to bird watch. Going on a weekly bird watching walk is great exercise. Perhaps you like to swim or dance. Sign up for a dance class or get a pass to your local pool. Exercise doesn’t mean you have to lift weights and run a marathon. There is such a variety of fun activities that you can certainly find one or two that will appeal to you. Start by doing something that you love. Get help managing your fitness by exercising with friends. Find an instructor that makes you laugh. Make sure you’re having fun and exercise won’t feel like exercise.
#4 You have a substantial amount of weight to lose.
You have to be realistic. Trying to lose 20 pounds is one thing while trying to lose 100 pounds is a completely different beast. If you have a substantial amount of weight to lose, you better seek help upon starting because most people find it too difficult if not impossible to do it on their own. It takes too long to achieve the target weight and most people would tend to deviate without the proper support.
#5 You’re on your own without much support.
It’s tough to lose weight without the support of others. If you don’t have a support system at home, go out and find one. Join a group online. There are many obesity and weight loss support groups. There are also fun sites where you can network with others who are trying to lose weight too. You can support each other to succeed. Join a group offline. Your community likely has several weight loss programs or fitness clubs. Join one that is designed to help you meet your needs. Better yet, try to join a program that monitors you daily that way, you will stay on track until you reach your goal.
#6 You’re dealing with emotional issues.
Often, obesity is caused by or triggers emotional issues. Many people eat because they’re unhappy. If you’re struggling with the emotions of obesity or past traumas, consider getting therapy. Once you’re able to come to terms with your emotions you can begin to control your eating habits. You can live a happy, healthy and fulfilling life.
#7 You keep on playing the yo-yo game with your weight.
Are you one of those that have gone through many diets with some level of success yet have gained most of the weight back? This usually happens because you haven’t modified your lifestyle properly and keep on falling back on your old habits. Modifying your lifestyle for good takes proper training using a multi-disciplinary approach. You need to recognize that and seek the appropriate help. Ideally, you need to join a program that have a maintenance aspect to their program to ensure that you will not regain the weight.
Managing obesity by yourself is often very difficult. You need to be realistic and admit your limitations. You don’t have to go at it alone. Remember, you’re not alone with your obesity. Many people all around the world are going through the same struggles. What counts, whether you do it alone or with the help of someone, is that you are successful at reaching your target weight and that you are able to maintain it comfortably without struggling. Therefore, don’t hesitate to ask for help and to look for the appropriate program and system that works for you.