Is your Weight Loss Program Making you Fat?

By: Kris Stringham

So...How's is your Weight Loss Going? I don't pose this question to bring on frustration or discouragement but rather to get them to take a step back for a minute and remember the basics. When approaching fitness it is essential to remember that our bodies are amazing and the majority of the time they stay in perfect balance.

The average American gains 1.5 lbs.of fat a year. That calculates out to an excess of 5,250 calories for the year or an extra 14.38 calories per day! This means that that one last bite at dinner, if it is one bite too much, really does add up!!! The point is physiologically speaking our bodies are smart and function exactly how they should. What ever form we are right now results mostly from our life style and habits or in essence how we are "training" our bodies' everyday. The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again expecting different results. If we want a different outcome then we have to make some changes!!

Why do we do what we do? It is important to change our habits, but before we can be effective in making that change permanent, it is essential to evaluate the core of our being and analyze our belief system. Everybody does everything for a reason. If we can alter our belief system and change the way we think that will result in a change in behavior and a change in our habits.

For example: You get home late. You have been driving the kids to and from school, to soccer and back home again, and it has been a long day of running errands and finishing work. You come home to a house that looks as if a tornado has passed through. You are tired, worn out and just need a little break. You go to the refrigerator and open the freezer and you see the carton of ice cream screaming your name. You reach in and grab the carton with a giant spoon and you begin digging away. What is it about the ice cream that you believe is going to help you feel less stressed? There is something or you wouldn't have been eager to grab that container. Many people turn to food as a comfort. I am not saying we shouldn't enjoy food; it really should be a pleasure in life but there needs to be a healthy balance.

It is when you become dependent on food that you are going to over eat and think that food is the enemy and ultimately develop an unhealthy relationship with food. We have to get back to truth. Is food an enemy? Of course not... we would not be living if it weren't for food. Is food going to relieve our stress? Most likely not. It is only going to distract us from the problem that we don't want to face. Make sure your belief system is based on truth! Then begin building your habits from there.

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