What kind of lifestyle do you lead? This chapter is all about putting yourself into the driving seat when it comes to the way you live your life. This is so that you can better control your own weight loss strategy and make it a success through your own positive way of living.
Have you ever wondered about why so many people gain weight in the first place? Why is this, when our bodies are designed to balance themselves out in an optimum way to maximize health and fitness? Well, you only have to take a look at their lifestyles to see where the problems lie. Most people, especially in our fast paced Western way of life, have gotten so caught up in their jobs and maintaining a way of life that is high stress and high maintenance that they've forgotten that they’re bodies are suffering under the weight of it all.
The result is after eating a bad diet of fast, junk food and getting little or no exercise to at least go some way to burning off the excess calories, followed by weight gain. It's a bad situation because if not checked can spiral out of control.
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Getting unnaturally heavier over time also places strain on your heart and circulatory system, the lack of exercise causes muscle wastage and loss of muscle tissue mass which compounds the problem making the body less able to deal with all the extra calories. Which end up being stored as ever more fat?
So the only way to turn this around is by making some lifestyle changes that will go some way to altering your body's state of health without going all out and completely changing your life. This is, of course, something that is not open to most people as they have a family, home and place in society to maintain. So the lifestyle changes you need to make can be partial while allowing your life to continue as it is while at the same time making improvements to your health.
The biggest and most effective change you can make is to your diet. This is because you don't need to quit your job and move into a cave to eat better!
Instead of eating hamburgers and fries or pizza, or hot dogs etc for lunch every day, switch to something healthy like salads or home cooked meals made from fresh ingredients. If you can't get them where you work, make a week's supply of them yourself at home at the weekend when you have some spare time and freeze them in individual containers. How hard is that? When you get to work, microwave them or heat them up in your workplace's canteen. If there is no way to do that, then make a way! Take on a “can do” attitude when it comes to your diet and you'll be surprised at what you can accomplish in that department!
When it comes to exercise, you are going to have to get creative if your job entails spending all day behind a desk or at the wheel of a car, taxi, bus or truck or whatever. If you drive to work, consider leaving the car at home and cycling if it's not too far. If there is a gym nearby where you work, then use it a lunchtimes for maybe half an hour and then eat a nutritious lunch afterwards. Is there a public pool nearby? Then go take a swim! If there is an elevator you normally take to your office floor? Then take the stairs instead!
There are tons of things you can do to subtly change your lifestyle without making major changes. These can help to turn your health around for the better and allow you to lose weight instead of gain it.