Weigh-in day is upon me again. The scale sits ready to provide me the answer to every problem and the solution to every dilemma. Okay, it only says how much I weigh and what my fat percentage is.
Many of us believe that weight loss is the answer to our problems and pitfalls. Some time ago I watched a little part of a show where the woman was 900 pounds. She had bypass surgery, lost 60 pounds while still in the hospital, had heart failure, and sadly died. One would have to say weight loss would have fixed many of her problems. But what got her to that weight? Weight loss doesn’t fix the issues which cause weight gain.
We have to ask, why the weight gain? The body will run on a certain amount of fuel—calories. When you provide it more than that amount, it will store the extra as fat. Why do we want more? That, of course, is the weight gain proverbial question. There are as many answers as there are overweight people.
Each of us has to try to figure out just why we think we need more calories than our bodies need. If it is an issue with hunger, then to some degree we will have to overcome the feeling of being hungry. A diet by its very nature will cause some hunger. I have not found a diet that cures that problem. When you eat less than your body wants, it will signal its objection by the hunger sign. You have to eat less or work out more if you want to lose any weight. Some hunger will occur. I’ve read many diets, which say they cure the hunger problem, but they don’t. Somehow, we have to accept some hunger and live with it if we want to lose some weight.
Losing weight will not solve all our problems. It will help solve some of our problems and if we can reduce our problems, the less stress we will have, and the greater our health prospects will be.