Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Do You Need to Lose Weight? Signs That You May

Each day millions of people say to themselves “I need to lose weight.” Are you one of those individuals? While many of the individuals who tell themselves that they need to lose weight do need to lose weight, not all do. So, the question that many ask themselves is “do I really need to lose weight?”

One of the many signs that you may need to lose weight is if you are obese. Many individuals do not realize that there is a difference between being overweight and being obese. While different healthcare professionals have different definitions for obese, it is often said that those who are thirty or forty pounds overweight are obese. If you are obese, you should not only be worried about your appearance, but your health as well. Obesity has been linked to multiple health complications, including the early onset of death.

Perhaps someone has told you that you need to do lose weight. Whether your doctor recommended losing weight or if someone that you know on a personal level has, it is advised that you at least take their suggestions into consideration. Unfortunately, many individuals are embarrassed or become upset when they are told that they need to lose weight. What you need to remember is that the individual mentioning your weight to you is probably not as concerned with your appearance as they are with your health.

Maybe your clothes no longer fit you. Of course, it is normal for some individuals to gain weight or to have their weight fluctuate, but you may want to think about joining a weight loss program or developing your own weight loss plan if you find that your clothes no longer fit or are difficult to get into. Unfortunately, many individuals do not just have a small weight gain. Small weight gain often leads to more, which could have a negative impact on your health. It is also important to mention the cost of new clothes, which you may not be able to afford.

If you find many simple physical tasks or activities difficult, like walking up a flight of stairs, you may want to think about losing weight. Of course, becoming out of breath from simple activities may not necessarily just be a weight problem, but there is a good chance that it is. When you lose weight, even just a little bit of it, you will likely find it easier to do many of the activities that you love or even the tasks that you need to do, like take your kids to the park.

The above mentioned signs are just a few of the many signs that you may need to lose weight. Should you wish to lose weight, you are advised to proceed with caution. There are a number of weight loss products on the market, like diet pills or exercise equipment, which do not work. To save yourself money and to protect your health, you may want to consult your doctor before starting any weight loss program, even one that you develop yourself.

Law of Attraction—Perfect Weight Revealed

We are featuring information regarding obtaining and maintaining Perfect Weight using the Law of Attraction.

We as Americans, tend to worry about the problem of overweight that is plaguing our country. For good reason, we should be concerned. Many of us have concerns about our own weight and take actions which are often ineffective or down right dangerous. This situation we’re in is nothing new. We have been battling weight loss as a society for the last 50—60 years.

How did we get here in this situation? What are we doing about it? Why is our society reaching epidemic proportions in obesity? These are some of things covered in this guide that will help you understand how you got in the state you’re in. The primary goal of this guide is to change how you perceive weight and food so you can achieve your perfect weight and keep it for the rest of your life.

How did we get in this situation?
Many of you may already know the obesity problem in this country didn’t start over night. It started developing about 60 years ago. To be truthful, it really took off as a problem around the time Americans were introduced to the “TV” dinner. You may or may not remember the famous Swanson TV Dinner. Millions of dollars in advertising was spent in television and radio campaigns to advertise this new concept. That was just the beginning. From that point, food companies were focused on developing more and more ways to produce and sell, “quick meals”. These quick meals loaded with fat and preservatives were the hottest thing next to just baked bread. It was about the same time, Fast Food was coming on the scene. Mc Donald’s, a fast food empire started in the 1950’s and has grown to become a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Fast Food became another avenue for a quick meal. And the vicious cycle continues. We are a country who eats out more and more every year. Unfortunately, it happens to be fast food most of the time.

Is It Really Convenience?
There was a time no too long ago when we had enough time to go home and cook a healthy meal for our family. We would spend time outdoors playing with our children, working in the yard, or just strolling and enjoying nature. Now, we are rushing here, rushing there, rushing everywhere. We are a culture who seem to have no time to do all the things we have to do in a day, and eating right, well, that’s way on the bottom of the list. You would sooner stop by a fast food restaurant to feed your kids or yourself, then make the time to prepare a healthy meal. It’s not your fault, it’s our society. It’s all the outside influences that affect your life. Fast Food is now served at restaurants and drive-throughs, at stadiums, airports, zoos, high schools, elementary schools, and universities, on cruise ships, trains, and airplanes, at K-Marts, Wal-Marts, gas stations and even hospital cafeterias. In 1970, Americans spent $6 billion on fast food, in 2000, they spent $100 billion. Americans now spend more on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music—combined. It is so easy to stop and get a quick bite to eat, then plan our day a little better to make the time to eat more healthy. The fact is, no matter how you look at it, we care more about convenience than our health. Hence, our country is becoming more and more obese.

Couch Potatoes Anyone?
Another growing problem in our country is the lack of exercise. You can see it with our children. They would rather sit in front of a video game then play outside or in sports, etc. We have become couch potatoes. We can’t wait to get home, get off our feet and sit in front of the television. If we’re not sitting in front of the TV, we’re sitting in front of the computer surfing the internet. We don’t seem to have the energy to do anything else so we just sit there, some of us eat our dinner in front of the TV and then go to bed. The reason we don’t have enough energy is because we don’t eat right. Our bodies are filled with all kinds of stuff (chemicals/preservatives) found in the things we eat. Not only does regular exercise help you lose weight, tone muscles, build healthier bones, and boost your mood, it can also help you think clearly. Studies cited by the National Institute on Aging demonstrate a connection between physical exercise and better brain power. "Walking for just 10 minutes a day lowers your risk of Alzheimer's by 40 percent," says Gary Small, MD, director of the UCLA Center on Aging and coauthor of The Healthy Brain Kit. "Physical conditioning reduces stress and anxiety, which wipe out your memory bank."

Stress the Root of all Evil
Stress is one of the factors in the continuing weight problem of this country. Everyone seems to be working more and more. People in general are stressed more than ever. Stress plays a big part in the increasing obesity problem in our country. Studies have shown that stress puts people at high risk for heart attacks, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, and diabetes. Stress affects your appetite and appetite has an impact on how you maintain your perfect weight. Being overweight and stressed poses significant health risks. Managing your stress is key to a healthy mind and body. Recent studies show stress causes physical changes in the body which can accelerate aging. Surges of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol cause blood pressure to rise and the heart to beat faster. These days, when our stressors seem unrelenting (a steady stream of job pressures, traffic jams, money problems), chronic doses of adrenaline and cortisol take a heavy toll on our physical and emotional health. "Sixty to ninety percent of all doctors' visits each year are related to anxiety, depression, obsessive anger and hostility, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart attacks -- all problems caused by stress," says Herbert Benson, MD.

Making the Right Decisions
We make the choices in our lives and we are well aware of what we are doing at every moment of every day. In order to obtain and maintain Perfect Weight for the rest of your life you will have to reprogram your internal blueprint in regard to your beliefs about food and your body. Then and only then will you be able to start heading down the road of success. After you have reprogrammed your weight blueprint you will need to learn to make the right choices in your life.

Finding and obtaining proven and effective tools will help you accomplish your goal of Perfect Weight. Because we are creatures of habit, we require tools that allow us to learn through practical repetitive application. These essential tools are contained in the Perfect Weight Guide. When you’re ready to live a more healthier, happier life, look and feel good about your body, then use the tools in the Perfect Weight Guide to help you achieve your goal of Perfect Weight.

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Monday, 20 August 2007

Be Kind To Your Knees

The Weight Issue and Body Weight

There are no “hard and fast” rules about how weight affects osteoarthritis pain in your lower body and in particular with knee pain. However, researchers have found that those who are overweight are more likely to have incurred a torn meniscus which is the primary cushion that serves the knees. For those who have osteoarthritis it is already at risk so this adds another dimension to the problem.

The Studies

There was a study conducted at Wake Forest University that involved women only; 75% were between the ages of 60 and 89 and each was overweight. I really like the numbers here because they tell us a great deal about the overall affect of being obese.

For each pound lost by participants, there was a reduction of load on the knees by four times that amount. That sounds a little confusing but what they are saying is that in their study, a one mile walk and one pound lost equaled 4,800 pounds of “compressive load” from the knees.

They also extended that number out from there. They said that if you lost 10 lbs., you would reduce the load on your knees by 48,000 pounds over that same mile. The numbers can become pretty impressive here.

Think about this. Our lower bodies take a beating as it is. It is the load-bearing part of our body and we need as much “go power” as we can get from our legs, knees, hips and feet. Being overweight simply pushes the body’s limits and for those with osteoarthritis it becomes a doubly difficult problem.

The Reality

We tend to forget about issues like this even when we are suffering. Of course, if we do not get a handle on excessive weight, it creeps up on us. It also becomes more and more difficult to lose.

I cannot tell you what to do. All I can do is give you the facts. There is no escaping the fact that excessive weight is going to do an enormous amount of damage to our very valuable knees. Sometimes, it is more than they can handle.

Do yourself a favour. Give your knees a little relief before it is too late. Now that is much easier than saying, “go lose some weight” don’t you think?

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