Obesity is becoming a world-wide epidemic that has affected millions of American's health. From poor urban planning to mind-manipulated marketing, millions of Americans suffer from obesity and obesity-related problems such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.
After years of coaching and training obese clients, there are three key initial steps in resolving your problem. For many, obesity is an eating disorder, which roots to psychological disorders. Most people experience a trigger or a life altering situation that satisfies emotions with food. Once this occurs, many people continue to cope their emotions with food when psychologically triggered.
So what should you do about your obesity problem? The key is to admit, accept and make a plan.
Admit You Have a Problem
The first step to any form of change is to admit that you have a problem. Be honest and do not judge yourself. Look at your life timeline and analyze when the problem started and how long has it occurred.
Ask yourself these questions:
-What event triggered or when did I adopt unhealthy eating patterns?
-What events, instances or emotions trigger my unhealthy eating habits?
-What do I eat and how much?
-How do I feel after binge eating?
-What are my binge eating patterns?
Many people are in denial or do not admit that they have a problem. The more honest, open and transparent you are, the more you can overcome your problems.
"Admitting your faults isn't a weakness - it's a strength. Having your weaknesses pointed out isn't a slur on your character - it's an opportunity to improve your life."
Accept Your Past Mistakes
Acceptance is one of life's most difficult tasks. Often we look in the past, dwelling over the "coulda, woulda and shoulda's." The reality is that there is nothing we can do to turn back time and change our behavior, but we can make peace with our mistakes. This helps us plan for a better future. Accepting the past is not easy and people heal in various different ways.
See the past for what it is and embrace the future. Be realistic that the future will have ups and downs, but with the right mindset anyone can overcome obstacles. I suggest walking in nature to experience the "power of now."
“Accept, then act. Whatever the present moment contains, embrace it as if you had chosen it. This will miraculously change your whole life.” ~Eckhart Tolle
Make a Plan
Those who desire change will need to make a plan. Most cannot do it alone. I recommend consulting a professional for help - a psychologist, health coach, personal trainer - anyone who you feel is right in that moment. The professional that enters your life may not be the last. You may find that your initial therapist or coach may not be the right fit. And that is okay. The biggest lesson in your plan is to be patient. Change takes time and losing weight is a journey - or a marathon- not a sprint. Plans may change and that is normal. Know you can do it and never give up, no matter how hard life gets.
What is your advice to obese people who are searching for change? Have you found success in your journey to better health? Please share your experiences or comments below.
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com