Now that the holidays are over, many Blount Countians are looking at that waistline and possibly may be regretting all of those wonderful holiday favorites - the homemade goodies, the egg nog and the family feasts. When we discover that we are heavier than we want to be, we have a natural inclination to eat less food. We may skip lunch or eat only a tiny amount for our dinner in the hope that if we eat less, our body will burn off some of its fat. But that is not necessarily true. Eating less actually makes it more difficult to lose weight.
To take advantage of losing weight and be successful, you must be prepared - that means, ‘paying your dues.’ Nothing is more frustrating than to see you are gaining -- or even regaining -- weight. If this time of year, that is something that’s all too common, find 2011 the right time to benefit from your previous failures of losing weight and keeping it off.
What do I mean about ‘paying your dues?’ I mean that it pays to be prepared, and that comes down to plain, hard work. It’s not glamorous, not always exciting and not always fun. It is, however, always necessary.
Losing weight is not something one can do overnight. A carefully planned weight loss program requires common sense and certain guidelines - and adherence to both. When making your lifestyle change challenges you and you derail, create a game plan to get back on track right away, without beating yourself up and devastating your self -esteem. We all live in the real world with real temptations and challenges, and we all will fall. Just pick yourself back up, and remember it is not a diet or punishment -- it is a lifestyle change.
Along with your diet game plan, you also must exercise to make weight loss permanent. People who diet without exercise often will regain weight easier. Although your weight may initially drop while dieting, some of that lost weight actually is water and muscle. When the weight returns, it comes back as fat. Select an exercise routine and schedule that you are comfortable with. If you haven’t exercised much before, walking is a great place to start. You also can choose to work one-on-one with a personal trainer to ensure you are doing the right types of exercises to meet your fitness and weight loss goals.
Without dedication, effort and action, you will not succeed. You can’t wish your weight away - you must ‘pay your dues.’ You have to work at it everyday and be prepared for those times when you slip; you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on.
Remember, losing weight demands preparation, effort and commitment to come to fruition. If you would like more information about surgical and non-surgical weight loss options, call the Blount Memorial Weight Management Center at 865-977-4673. If you would like to learn more about personal training options available through the Blount Memorial Wellness Centers, call 865-980-7100.
Dana Bradley is a registered nurse, certified bariatric nurse and bariatric coordinator for the Blount Memorial Weight Management Center.