DO YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT?

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MARIA ERIKA P. BAL­BOA

Hol­i­days are over and ev­i­dences of what you con­sumed are now vis­i­ble on your body. You start the year again with a res­o­lu­tion that you will be­gin your diet, but once again, you end up gain­ing more weight.

Ac­cord­ing to WHO, over­weight and obe­sity are de­fined as ab­nor­mal or ex­ces­sive fat ac­cu­mu­la­tion that may im­pair health. The fun­da­men­tal cause of obe­sity and over­weight is an en­ergy im­bal­ance be­tween calo­ries con­sumed and calo­ries ex­pended. Glob­ally, there has been, an in­creased in­take of en­ergy-dense foods that are high in fat; and an in­crease in phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity due to the in­creas­ingly seden­tary na­ture of many forms of work, chang­ing modes of trans­porta­tion, and in­creas­ing ur­ban­iza­tion.

With all the facts that has been men­tioned, peo­ple suf­fer­ing from such con­di­tion should con­sider a life­style change. Main­tain­ing well­ness is hard to keep, but cur­ing a dis­ease is much harder to han­dle and its ef­fects may be ir­re­versible and de­bil­i­tat­ing.

As a self-con­fessed former obese, from 185 pounds to 141 pounds, I have ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fer­ent sorts of strug­gles be­cause of my weight. I was very timid when I was young be­cause I have ex­pe­ri­enced dis­crim­i­na­tion and bul­ly­ing. I used to think that I was ugly and it is harder for peo­ple to ac­cept me so I had to get used with re­jec­tion.

I also had some health prob­lems and those be­came worse as I was get­ting older. I was hy­per­ten­sive and my lipid pro­file tells how I abused my body from eat­ing and liv­ing un­healthily. I was both­ered with the health is­sues that I had at a young age. I know where those would lead me if I con­tinue to abuse my body. I de­cided that I had to make a change, and so I started chang­ing my ways lit­tle by lit­tle. I t took me 3-4 years be­fore I achieved a nor­mal weight. The jour­ney to a health­ier life was not easy, but all the hard-work was all worth it.

Within those years of shed­ding pounds, I had cre­ated my own diet plan. A lot of peo­ple, es­pe­cially those who also has weight prob­lem, asked me how I man­aged to lose so much weight. I only did 3 things: first, is dis­ci­pline when eat­ing, sec­ond, is in­crease phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, and third, is make the first and sec­ond part of your rou­tine. Seems easy, but it was re­ally tough. I had to re­duce the amount of food that I take and had to pick the health­ier choices. I also had my cheat days, lots of cheat days, but since it is al­ready in my rou­tine that I must eat healthily, I con­tin­ued los­ing weight. As to phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, I never went to the gym as peo­ple thought, walk­ing was my only ex­er­cise. I try to walk an hour a day and when I had to go to the mar­ket or any shop, if the dis­tance is bear­able, I walk to and fro.

As my body was go­ing through a lot of changes, so as my life. Peo­ple treated me dif­fer­ently. It was not only my phys­i­cal struc­ture that changed, but my whole be­ing. It is some­thing that I can be proud of. I am able to in­spire oth­ers be­cause of my jour­ney to weight loss. Re­spect­ing the body that the Lord has given reaps you spe­cial re­wards.

“Dear friend, I pray that you may en­joy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is get­ting along well.” – 3 John 1:2 (NIV) — oOo— The author is Ad­min Aide VI at Cur­ricu­lum Im­ple­men­ta­tion Divi­sion, Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Divi­sion of An­ge­les City

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