Reddwolf, you are right...not everyone does have weight-related health issues. YET. I always had (and still do) great cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure numbers. However, as I've gotten into my middle forties, I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knees...a DIRECT result of carrying too much weight over the years. The cartilage is worn down from too much pressure on my knees. It CAN happen. Hopefully it won't, but it can.
I love the idea of losing 10%, it's how I'm doing my journey, ten percent (actually five percent) at a time. Small, do-able goals.
The idea of 10% is a useful goal because it is easily "seen" --- sort of like the serving sizes the author refers to in the article! And once one loses 10%, it might be easier to push the "REPEAT" button if necessary and take off another 10%.
10% is a great idea but not everyone has weight-related health problems... Even at my heaviest weight my blood pressure (110/70) and cholesterol levels were very good, I never had joint or back pain, or breathing/sleeping problems...
Its true! After just losing 20 pounds my doctor cut my insulin back from 90 units twice a day to 55 units twice a day! Plus I am sleeping better now too.
12/9/2007 11:50:01 AM
An add on to number two...don't try to make a huge change within your lifestyle all at once. You are more likely to "fail." Make small changes...start by buying organic fruits and vegetables and buy whole grain flours (pastas, breads, etc). This will start you on your healthy lifestyle. Start by exercising just a little bit, then increase as the exercises become easier. If you regulary eat 10 pieces of candy throughout the day...try to cut it back to 5, instead of illiminating it entirely. As you cut back on "junk food" you will realize your body doesn't need it and most often you don't even crave it. Make small changes at incremental times and you will be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
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