I want to lose weight: where to start?

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Last reviewed: 20.11.2021

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I want to lose weight ... What woman does not say this phrase, who with hope, who with desperation, and someone and with confidence that everything will turn out. In fact, the inexorable figures of statistics say that if everything depends on motivation, then more than half of the success is accurate.

In addition, what you need to decide, why lose weight, you need to find out the reason for gaining and retaining weight. Once these two tasks have been solved and specified, the strategy of reducing weight to the level of physiologically normal builds up optimally accurately.

So, the first two tasks relating to the field of psychology and creating a condition for fulfilling the coveted desire - "I want to lose weight" are formulated as follows: 

  1. Determine why lose weight personally to you. This should not concern comparisons with an asthenic friend or an anorexic model. What will personally give you weight reduction - increasing self-esteem, improving well-being, attracting attention from the opposite sex, career growth and so on. It is desirable to describe yourself in the ideal weight as much as possible, more specifically. 
  2. Find the reason for the formation of food dependence. This task is not only psychological, but, possibly, medical. Among the psychological causes of food dependence may be: 
    • Dissatisfaction with his life in principle, the feeling of constant vital discomfort, the inner void that fills the food. This problem, which psychotherapists call a "hungry mind," requires the help of a specialist, detailed analysis and elaboration of psycho-trauma. 
    • Dissatisfaction with a personal life, which is called a "hungry heart", that is, an inability to give vent to emotions and feelings. Their suppression leads to food compensation, which replaces the joy of product satisfaction. A problem solved with the help of a psychologist. It is necessary to find out which emotions, including negative ones, are "jammed". 
    • Unrealized professionalism also often leads to "seizing" career failures. It requires self-examination, sometimes hard, honest, dramatic, but necessary for further development. 
    • Chronic stressful situations, which are compensated by food "joys". The task that requires self-examination, perhaps the assistance of a specialist, and building a plan for getting out of stress. 
    • Suppressed childhood fears and anxieties can be projected into adulthood as food "protection". They require elaboration and elimination. 
    • Metabolic disorders due to somatic diseases, including hormonal dysfunctions. A task that requires thorough, comprehensive diagnosis and therapeutic measures.

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I want to lose weight: what can I do?

Having defined these two stages described above, and they are rather difficult and require effort, time, you can build an individual weight loss plan. It's no secret that it's impossible to stabilize weight alone by diets, fasting or training.

Short-term results lead to food frustration, disappointment, at least, health problems, as a maximum. Therefore, it is necessary to be patient, to calculate your strengths and resources, to study information about the reasons for weight gain, and only then to start a "war" with excess kilograms.

In addition to the psychological and pathological causes of accumulation of fatty deposits, there is a purely biochemical version. She explains the excessive fullness of lethargy, weakness of the pancreas.

Why are there people for whom the question "want to lose weight" is not relevant at all? Physiologists argue that these lucky beggars are actively working pancreas, and, thus, that the portion of insulin produced is adequate to the amount of glucose supplied to the body. Even if the glucose is too much, the workable iron successfully recycles and utilizes it. Perhaps this is explainable by a hereditary factor, science has not yet been able to concretise this fact.

Opposite picture is observed in people with excess weight. The inert pancreas is not able to react with the production of the right amount of insulin to an excess volume of glucose. Any sugar-containing foods cause a sense of satiety, but this satiety for the stomach is false, after some half an hour, the body is hungry again, as sugar is processed and digested very quickly. It turns out a vicious circle.

On the one hand, there is a sincere desire - I want to lose weight, on the other hand - the body's natural need for constant saturation, as the blood glucose level decreases rapidly.

Indeed, nutritionists around the world are alarming about the catastrophically huge amount of sugar in almost any product of industrial origin. The abundance of assortment positions, bright packages together with food additives do not add health to mankind, on the contrary, drive it into a food trap leading to even greater, active consumption of "tasty" products.

In addition, the high-speed rhythm of modern life has taught us to absorb food literally on the go, often mechanically, unconsciously. Who of those who want to lose weight, does not eat while watching TV or reading books? Such swallowing, without incorporating the mechanisms of taste, olfactory, gustal satisfaction, not to mention the aesthetic, also leads to a set of extra pounds.

I want to lose weight is a desire, a dream, which should be reformatted into a concrete plan, and then actions. To hope for a miracle and believe in a weekly diet that relieves 10-15 kilograms in one sitting is at least unreasonable.

In order to lose weight, you need to learn that as digestion is a systemic process, and not a one-step action, so also weight loss is a process that requires, in addition to the desire for some effort. However, the road is mastered by the going, especially since the desire "I want to lose weight" is also performed with the help of physical exercises.

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