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When asked why people would like to lose weight the number one answer was to be more healthy, number two was to look better, this really isn’t a surprise. Even though obesity in America has gone up to its highest peak in the year 2008 a lot of people still want to stay in shape or get in shape for health reasons. When you really sit down and read about the problems you can have when people over weight or obese it really is scary, things from heart disease, stroke and heart attacks are more susceptible with people that are unhealthy and over weight than people that are of the optimum weight and healthy. The thing that a lot of people realize is that a simple diet isn’t going to magically make the pounds disappear and constantly depriving yourself of those things you enjoy most may have a more detrimental effect than a positive effect.

You really have to work at this, and if you’re used to eating unhealthy and not exercising it’s also going to take some good old will power to keep yourself from “slipping up”. This is the same with any other addiction including cigarettes, drugs and alcohol. And that’s just what food is to some people, it’s no longer a source of nutrition, but something they do when they are bored, or depressed or upset. You need to do some major damage control, I promise it does get easier eventually, but in the meantime you need to do the best you can in making yourself healthy! Also, remember that eating healthy isn’t enough, you can eat all the green veggies and salads you want, if you’re not moving around and being active, your metabolism slows down, making it almost impossible for you to lose weight.

Exercise just like with food, doesn’t have to be boring. Spice it up a little bit, maybe there was something you used to enjoy doing but stopped because you gained some pounds. Well, get re-interested in that activity, start slowly, and build your confidence and your body up. If you don’t know of an activity to join in the sports arena, why not try yoga, Pilate’s or something like a dance class. These activities are nice because you can usually start slow and go at your own pace, or even better yet they have different levels you can join such as a beginner class in ballroom dancing! There, now you have absolutely no excuse to not lose weight, and even if it isn’t for yourself, and you think everything is fine and dandy even though you are over weight, do it for someone you love, do it for your kids, or do it for your spouse, heck get them to join in with you!

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Source by Kristi Ambrose

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