I'm going to assume you have the intention to lose weight, or that that would have benefited you to shed a few pounds. Ideally, it is going to be both assumptions. Which brings me to the following question: how much weight have you lost recently? Now, if you have not had the intention to lose weight, it may seem a ridiculous question to answer. But if you have, you may be about to face an internal conflict: most people are not as successful with weight loss as they would like to be!
But guess what, that is okay. There is nothing wrong with having a hard time. Losing weight, from beginning to end, is far from easy. Sometimes it is necessary to ask yourself the hard questions because it is then the honest answers come. The answers that help you find the motivation to get to work and set things straight.
Weight loss is an interesting topic. It is relevant for many adults but less so for teenagers and children: weight gain tends to occur slowly over an extended period meaning various degrees of obesity are prevalent in adults. Regrettably, however, we now see higher numbers of obesity in our youth than we saw in the past. Obesity is now well represented in most age groups, notably due to poor lifestyle habits and unhealthy eating.
Since weight loss is relevant for many adults, it has likely been on your mind. Losing 20 pounds …
- getting lean once more, and
- attaining manageable blood sugar levels,
are all common goals for most.
If you have been thinking about losing weight, then you need to be honest with yourself. Are you happy with your recent progress? Maybe there is little to talk about, which may make you feel a failure. Or, you have not given it a serious shot, because your intentions have not been strong enough.
What is important is being honest with yourself. The truth could hurt. But in that case, it would help set you on the right course.
Weight loss requires persistence. It requires healthy eating and physical activity. It takes commitment. But the benefits are endless. As an example, reducing your weight will lower your blood sugar levels and reduce your insulin resistance. For those that know little about Type 2 diabetes, this could result in adding years to your life. Time is our most precious resource, yet many often forget this in pursuit of other things.
Maybe you have not made much progress after deciding to shed some body fat. But you do have it in you to ensure your next step is a leap in the right direction – even if you happen to take a step or two backward. You just may not know it yet – that's all.