You’ve desperately tried to lose that excess body weight – the diets, the weight loss clubs, the pills – but all you’ve ended up with is a plateful of bitter disappointment.
If you’re like most people, losing weight has been an ongoing issue for most of your life. Millions of people struggle to lose weight each and every day. Some get there eventually, while for others the fight rages on.
Losing weight only to gain it all back again is one of the most disheartening and discouraging things you’ll encounter throughout your weight loss journey. But the road to successful weight loss starts with understanding the ‘why’ behind the fat gain.
So Why Am I Overweight?
The most basic reason that you are overweight is your relationship with food. How many times have you used food as an excuse? Do you use food as a comforter? Do you eat when you’re feeling down or worried? Just about any emotion can be connected with food and one way to break your food addiction is to find the root cause behind the overeating.
Sometimes you could eat out of sheer boredom and not even realize you are doing it. Perhaps you’ve got the TV turned on and that acts as a distraction as you munch your way through your second packet of potato chips. Sometimes you may not even be hungry at all – it’s quite common to mistake thirst for hunger.
Having an abusive relationship with food is one of the most difficult things to correct. Unlike alcohol or drug addiction where you can take away the offending agent, food addiction is a completely different beast. You can’t just take food away. We all need food to survive. However, you should eat to live and not live to eat. You should eat only enough to have enough energy to get through your daily activities.
The problem for most of us is that we have trained our bodies to overdo it; eating to the point where we are stuffed. This over indulgence leads to the build-up of excess body fat.
By being aware of your unhealthy food habits, you can make the necessary changes. And while you may think that all you need to do is workout more, exercise is only a small part of losing weight. You can do all the exercise in the world but if your diet is wrong, you will struggle to manage your weight effectively.
So, the majority of weight loss success is due to your eating habits. If you are able to control the amount of calories you eat and if you eat the right kinds of food then you will be able to lose weight successfully. Exercising self control is a key factor in losing weight successfully and that’s exactly where portion control plates can help you measure and monitor just how much food you eat on a daily basis.
Following a healthy eating lifestyle can be very difficult especially if you’ve been used to gorging yourself. But if you’re serious about not wanting to be overweight anymore, then you need to start teaching yourself how to limit your calorie intake. You will achieve weight loss success; you just have to work hard to get there.
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