The first requirement of dealing with excess weight is diet. Everyone who has dieted has suffered hunger and craving, the difficulty of keeping a disciplined eating regiment, food-portion control, not knowing what to eat, or not wanting to eat recommended foods; and I’m sure there are more issues on your personal list.
Second, a new discovery for me – exercise is an essential factor in my health and obesity problem. I’m lazy. With best intentions, I put off my exercise requirement later and later into the day; and I’m certain – 20-30 minutes a day or hour-long walks 3-4 days a week – are simply not enough exercise for my body.
Related to exercise is inactivity – whether from lack of interests or other factors; sometimes, we simply don’t have anything in our lives or we have too much and don’t spend enough time on ourselves – my problem is the computer. I’m retired and I LOVE sitting at the computer all day and late into the night – and they’re telling me health also suffers from lack of sleep.
Finally, I need a support group, and that’s where a nutritionist comes in. We haven’t reached the stage where we use the nutritionist like a personal trainer who works us out several times a week or inspires us, like a psychiatrist to listen and help, or an AA support group - but that’s what I need. I need help with awareness and support. There are so many issues. Something as simple as not-shopping-right-for-my-needs can contribute to a diet fail. So I need someone to work with me on how to exercise, menu plans and recipes, or simply inspiration – or the result for me will be an early, painful death.