Overweight? It's Not Your Fault
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
If you're struggling with your weight this diet article can assist in understanding why it's not your fault.
"How could I have allowed myself to get so overweight?"
It's the most popular complaint facing the individual who has reached the crossroads of Whine & Dine. The individual may feel ashamed and overwhelmed. It's self-criticism at its worst!
If this sounds a bit like you right now, then come here and sit beside me. We need to talk turkey (it's the leanest meat these days). First of all, it's NOT your fault!
Yes, you may have eaten the foods that slowly bubblized you, but still yet, it's not your fault! Whether you ate the wrong foods, or too much of a good thing, or was a bit too lax on exercise, it's still not your fault.
Weight Gain Largely Due to Inadequate Childhood Teachings Both at Home & in School
From infancy, we are taught so many things that influence our lives such as reading, math, and science.
However, when it comes to nutrition, most of us greatly lack the knowledge to keep our weight where it needs to be, and to keep our bodies fit. Basic health just doesn't provide the tools we need to keep our 'machine' running sleek and smooth.
If you ask the average individual how many calories, and how many vitamins and nutrients per day their body needs to be fit, and to maintain its current weight, most people wouldn't be able to provide that information.
This is very disturbing, because this knowledge is vital to life itself!
Most of us are 'eating in the dark'. We are aware of healthy and unhealthy food choices, but we are oblivious to correct serving sizes, how much we personally need to eat and, the times we need to eat to ensure the most efficient processing.
Again, we are eating in the dark. Even if all of our food choices are healthy ones, many of us have no idea just how much to consume. It's the 'too much of a good thing' syndrome.
When you were younger, your parents probably did their best to ensure your daily food intake included a multi-vitamin.
As you grew and eventually struck out on your own into the big, mostly blue world, when you dined did you whip out a calculator and begin to tally up the calories you were eating? Of course not.
You simply ate when you were hungry.
When celebrations appeared in your life, you'd enjoy a piece of cake and some ice cream. You may have thought, "I hope this doesn't add weight to my frame." That was your little inner voice, crying out - trying to warn you in the best way that it could.
Nonetheless, life continued onward and, unfortunately upward on your scales. As time mounted, so did the unwanted pounds. One day, you suddenly decided that enough is enough! You went on a diet to rid the extra pounds. Your inner voice won out!
But how could you accomplish weight loss, you probably wondered? The only thing that you were certain of was that food was responsible for the weight gain. If you cut 'food' out, the pounds would go away. But what about your daily vitamins and nutrients? You felt confused.
To add to your frustration, everywhere you looked there was a billboard, commercial or restaurant luring you into their Food Web. It was maddening.
So as you can see, becoming overweight was certainly NOT your fault! So whose fault is it?
Simply put, it's a path that's never been addressed.
We've all got family traditions, right? Well, that's how we need to pattern nutrition. We need a beginning.
Perhaps it needs to start in the home; perhaps it needs to begin in the schools, but 'begin' it must!
For Health Weight - What should be taught? What should we know?
- How many calories that basic foods contain.
- How many calories we need per day to maintain our weight.
- What our daily vitamin/nutrient intake should be.
These are the tools you must have in order to maintain your weight and fitness level.
For example, when you bite into an apple, you should automatically know that this food choice has about 100 calories. This number should pop into your head instantly, just as the number '4' would if someone asked, "What is 2 + 2?"
Very few people are willing to determine and calculate their daily diet.
It's time consuming and can get out of control. We don't want to reach a point where we're afraid to have that piece of cake and bowl of ice cream. So approaching the problem in this manner is a bit outrageous.
Therefore, if we were taught at a young age how to calculate the calorie and nutrient values of basic foods, we would have a big advantage in managing our weight.
The knowledge would come instantaneously. There wouldn't be a need to spend time calculating because we'd know instantly!
The next time that you begin blaming yourself for being overweight - stop and think. Look around you. You'll notice temptation on every corner.
You'll probably feel helpless and very frustrated because you just don't know how to successfully reduce your weight.
You may feel very vulnerable and leery to trust all the diet info being poured out of the media these days.
If this sounds like you, stick around. Read some of the articles at Diet Bites. We'll give you the information you need, for free, to help you win the Weight Loss Battle.
In the meantime, begin brushing up on the calorie-content of basic foods. You'll be amazed at how this will help you in winning the battle. You can do this!
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