The First Step to Managing Your Weight and Changing Your Life
Starting is the hardest part. At least for a lot of people, taking that first step is the most difficult part of the journey. Deciding to change your life and change the direction you’re moving in is a difficult task—whether it be in your personal life, career, or in your health. For people that struggle with obesity and weight issues, taking action can seem overwhelming and the overall goal insurmountable. The truth is, there is no goal that is insurmountable. It’s a matter of taking steps to get there. Here at Diabetes and Endocrinology of El Paso, we not only monitor a patient’s health through medical practice, but we also encourage patients to take control of their health and embrace a healthy lifestyle for overall wellness. We specialize in treating patients with diabetes and many who struggle with being overweight or keeping the weight down. Obesity management is an important step towards better health and a new life.
But how do people take that first step?
There are a lot of factors at play and a lot of things to consider. Everyone’s situation is different. After all, obesity is a complex, often life-long disease that is influenced by environmental, genetic, physiological, and psychological factors. Many people hesitate to take that first step. So let’s talk about what motivates people to take action and steps to take in order to begin moving in the right direction.
Begin with the small things
Alter your attitude and achieve a positive state of mind. Getting caught in a vicious cycle of negativity can happen to anybody. Whether you just lost your job, broke up with your significant other, or are wanting to make a change in your life. Picturing worst-case scenarios and bracing for failure is not a great strategy for taking a step forward. A negative attitude might prevent you from seeing things as they really are and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
1. Begin With Minor Steps Towards Better Health
There is no magic formula on how to lose weight. It varies for everybody and begins with the desire to get healthy and improve lifestyle. After that, it’s about working with your physician and other professionals to establish a plan that works better for you and your particular circumstances and health. In one study, Stanford University researchers put more than 600 overweight adults on either a healthy low-fat or low-carb diet. The results were varied but participants had similar levels of weight loss success on each plan. The researchers tried to make connections—looking at factors like insulin levels and gene patterns— with the diets but could not make any substantial connections. This means that the idea that there is one end all be all of the diets, is likely not correct.
In a previous post, we talked about several fad diets that had come and gone from the mainstream. Each might have their benefits and their drawbacks depending on people’s individual circumstances. Yet, applying a few simple approaches can make a world of difference. People’s intimidation in beginning a plan is often based on the fact that they overwhelm themselves and see the ideal goal as simply too difficult to obtain. It’s about taking steps. Take these few key concepts to consider:
- Implement vegetables in more of your meals. Most Americans don’t meet the recommended amount of vegetables in their diet. They have plenty of positive benefits. First of all, they fill you up with good healthy calories. By making you feel full, people tend to reduce eating of other higher-calorie foods. It also gives your body the nutrients and energy it needs to fight diseases, type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers.
- Eliminate sugar. People with a sweet tooth find this one to be quite difficult. On average, Americans will consume more than 19 teaspoons of sugar per day. It’s not just about switching to diet Coke or low sugar cookies either. It means cutting out some of these processed and not healthy sweets from your life.
- Eat more whole foods. Overly processed foods are bad news. They might seem good, they might trick you in the frozen tv-tray isle, but the truth is their overly processed qualities make them harder to digest and don’t always provide you the nutrients you need. Researchers found that people are likely to eat 500 calories more a day when they partake in a lot of processed food.
2. Don’t View Seeking Help as a Weakness
Many people fighting weight issues become embarrassed and are reluctant to seek help simply because they feel solely responsible. It’s as if people want to carry the burden themselves and are reluctant to seek help. In fact, most health care professionals would categorize obesity as a serious disease with serious consequences, and why they are willing and able to help you find the solution.
3. Inadequate diagnosis with insufficient dialogue and follow up.
If people have not received an adequate diagnosis, they might not know that there are several options available to them when it comes to obesity management. This might also lead to a lack of follow ups and a continuous dialogue with your healthcare provider. Understanding obesity and your particular situation is not a one stop shop. It might require a multi-faceted approach that takes a dedicated healthcare provider and specialist.
Tackle Obesity and Reach Your Goals With Trusted Obesity Management
Here at Diabetes and Endocrinology of El Paso, we offer obesity management that can help you take that first step towards the rest of your life.