DO YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT?
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