Are you currently Obese?

Being obese can certainly effect your lifestyle.  You are ata “higher risk” of developing:

  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Joint problems
  • Feelings of depression and low self esteem
  • Hypertension
  • Certain cancers
  • Low back pain
  • Chaffing
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Poor circulation
  • Orthopedic problems
  • Movement restriction
  • Muscular weakness

Obesity needs to be looked at from a holistic point of view.  It is important that many changes take place to assist you to reach a goal weight and maintain that weight.  The following advise will hopefully assist you to tackle this problem.

For some people overeating can be a comfort situation.  It may be that their eating is covering up a more complex issue other than simply loving the taste of food.  For these people counselling is recommended to address any underlying problems. 

Exercise – Exercise should be a part of your daily routine just as showering and dressing are a part of your daily activities.  For those who are severely overweight, it is important to start slowly as obesity places a tremendous amount of added pressure to joints, tendons and ligaments.  Start slowly and increase activity as your fitness levels increase. Water aerobics and swimming is a good alternative as the water places little to no pressure on joints.

Medical Check-up – While obesity is normally a factor of simply consuming more calories than calories expended, in some cases a medical reason may be responsible.  Have your doctor check you over particularly looking at thyroid function.

Remember unless there is a specific medical reason everyone has the ability to lose body fat.  As the old Chinese proverb says “The Journey of a thousand miles begins with the very first step”.

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