Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get rid of the stubborn belly fat?

A regimen of weight training and aerobics is the key. Drink plenty of water, exercise more than you are now, eat a balanced diet every day till you are full, and eat more often.  No, you don’t have to join a gym, just grab some small dumbbell hand weights or canned foods for weights,  take a walk and do some stretches. Check out our blog for more articles on this particular subject– there is HOPE!

How do I know if I am drinking enough water?

Use this simple equation given by doctor’s advice: divide your body weight by 2, the answer is the number of ounces of water you should drink per day on a normal basis. Adjust this more if you are overexerting or exercising.

I don’t know what food to eat to lose weight?

The proper answer would be that there is no “magic” food to make you lose weight. The key is to eat less but more often, and enough of the right foods to make you full. Wow! Full is right, and choose whole grains, lean meats, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits as opposed to white bread, processed meats, and no veggies. Don’t forget the water!

Can I ever eat sweets and lose weight?

Yes, but it’s all about moderation. We don’t like to give up our “comfort foods” that keep us happy, and we do need some sugars. Choose fresh fruit smoothies or frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, or candy. Try some dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Remember, it is a lifestyle change. The Dukan Diet” Program we have found gives you some great options.

How do I get motivated to lose weight?

Don’t be discouraged; there is a way to get motivated. So what can you do if you have bad knees and hips, or you just can’t walk long distances? Well, start with something you like and know you can improve upon. Stand up and sit down — 10 extra times, walk to the mailbox — three times extra, bend over and touch your toes or kneecaps — fifteen times extra. Get my drift? Those of you who are able can start with a 20 minute walk after dinner, then increase. Push just a little more every day and you will begin to see a difference. Just remember, our bodies generally begin to burn fat after 20 minutes of  cardio exercise.

How can I not be depressed about being overweight when my usual routines begin to fail?

  • Poor Eating Habits
  • Irregular Exercise
  • Hectic Daily routine
  • Uncomfortable Work Environment

All these above mentioned factors can affect our body’s ability to lose weight. We know we can make subtle changes to all these mentioned points. Try making changes in your eating habits by eating better balanced meals. Add increased exercise to your daily routine by taking the stairs more often, or parking further away to increase your walk time. You remember, the “extras” we mentioned in the previous question about motivation.  Just STOP making excuses that you can’t lose weight because you don’t have time. Small step changes work. The more you do, the more you are able to do. That Blob in the Mirror isn’t going away until you actively do something about it.

What if I already have a medical condition?

Maybe you have high blood pressure already, sleep apnea, back pain,diabetes or even thyroid disease. All the more reason to begin a sensible diet plan as a new lifestyle change. Exercising and a balanced diet is one of the best things you can do for many medical conditions, just ask your Doctor. Weight loss lessens the negative effects of all the conditions mentioned not to be confused with a cure. Be sure to check out our blog for more information.

How serious is it really for a child to be overweight?

Did you know Children with bad eating habits that get low amounts of exercise most likely will have future medical problems? The changes you can make in your child’s diet while they are young set the pace for a healthier adult life. Some of the risks of childhood obesity are:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure / high cholesterol
  • Asthma
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Occasionally Sleep Apnea
  • Social nonacceptance

Disturbed sleep leads to high blood pressure, daytime sleepiness, and possible failure to perform in a classroom setting. Our children have enough obstacles in life without teasing or bad social interactions due to being overweight or obese, and you can help with a lifestyle changing diet plan.

Your comments are welcomed. Please, if you have something to add to encourage others in their fat losing diet journey feel free to post a question or comment.

 

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