The following article is one of a series of articles which focus on Self Improvement, Motivation and Empowerment. It is based on research done over twenty years as a personal and business coach. This self improvement article was written in response to questions which have been asked on losing weight and long term weight loss as well as address common challenges that people have with this subject. I sincerely hope that you find the following information of value.
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Dealing with being overweight or obese and the consequences of these conditions are seriously problematic for many of us. Many people are overweight because of their own lifestyle choices. Others have ended up with a lot of extra weight through no fault of their own. These people have to face the prejudices of others on a daily basis.
Living in a world that doesn't always take kindly to them whether it is public transport, fashions, shopping, being on vacation or whatever is not funny. This is the sad and shameful reality that some of us have to face and it can be seriously damaging to our well being.
Self-image and self-esteem depend largely on how other people see us, think about us (or what we think they think about us), talk about us and it takes a huge ego or an awful lot of willpower not to care about the views and opinions of others. And the bigger you are the harder it gets.
People staring wherever you go and having to listen to all sorts of bad jokes and insults is a surefire way of lowering your self-esteem and triggering a self-destructing pattern. Obese people prefer to stay in-doors and avoid moving about much, which leads to even more weight gained from lack of exercise, which leads to less exercise and so on. People whose self-esteem is low find it very hard to motivate themselves to improve their lives.
When it comes to the subject of self improvement, I fully understand (through my own experiences) that it is a lot easier said than done. However, you are here, right now, because you have a desire to improve your self or you are at least interested in this subject. Perhaps you are reading this to help a friend or colleague - great. If this article helps you or you help a friend, paying it forward is what lif'e all about so we all win.
Therein lies the key. We may acknowledge the advice and good intentions of others but, ultimately, we and only we can really motivate ourselves to want to make a difference. Achieving this, however, is no mean feat and if you have motivated yourself you should be deservedly proud of yourself.
Relationships are hard to handle for overweight people. Sex becomes awkward, especially for a self-conscious person who doesn't enjoy being naked. The extra weight makes sustained effort quite hard to perform and heavy sweating is not sexy.
Unfortunately, the shape of an overweight person is not sexy either and most overweight people are hard pressed to find sex partners who don't mind their shortcomings. The fact that overweight people don't go out much makes finding partners even harder, which is why many simply give up and reach out for more food and sweets to stave off depression.
One of the best ways to deal with obesity is to help motivate yourself as mentioned.
Outside support is crucial because obese people are especially prone to taking the easy way and eating more than they should. A little flexibility also counts. Food addiction is next door to drug addiction and less food means less glucose triggering endorphins in the brain. This, in turn, means that a person who used to feel quite content is suddenly faced not only with depression, but also with the perspective of a long term, even lifelong depression. That has to be devastating for anybody.
Getting fat is easy, shedding all that extra weight is not.
Fighting fat is a struggle every step of the way and one needs to be strong and also to have the emotional support of a loving circle of relatives and friends. Being able to rely on others to help you through the worst parts of a diet is almost half the battle. Especially since after the diet comes a lifetime of less food and more exercise. This may sound a bit scary to the average overweight person, but you must remember that looking into the mirror or walking down the street won't be a nightmare anymore. It will be an absolute joy.
Finding sensible, safe and long term methods of weight loss and weight maintenance takes a lot of research which we have done and continue to do so that we can provide these informative and motivational articles to help you move forward and realize your personal goals and aspirations.
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Even if only one piece of advice, one piece of information, one tip makes a difference, then the whole article has been worth it for all of us. NOW is the time!
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