Thursday, December 20, 2012

Obese Is Not A Synonym For Overweight

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I am concerned about my weight. I have been gaining pounds and waist size for the last year and a half or so. I now weight 170 pounds, whereas I formerly, for several years, weighed 160 pounds. And ideally I should weigh between 140 and 150 pounds.

What I should do is immediately make a commitment to slim down and then 'do' it. I know how to do it. I've done it before. But my problem is getting started, taking that first step on an effective weight loss diet.

Here is what the experts say:

How To Lose Weight

An active lifestyle and plenty of exercise, along with healthy eating, is the safest way to lose weight. Even modest weight loss can improve your health. You will need a lot of support from family and friends.

When dieting, your main goal should be to learn new, healthy ways of eating and make them a part of your daily routine.

Many people find it hard to change their eating habits and behaviors. You may have practiced some habits for so long that you may not even know they are unhealthy, or you do them without thinking. You need to be motivated to make lifestyle changes. Make the behavior change part of your life over the long term. Know that it takes time to make and keep a change in your lifestyle.

Waist circumferences representing normal, overweight, and obese

Work with your health care provider and dietitian to set realistic, safe daily calorie counts that help you lose weight while staying healthy.

Remember that if you drop pounds slowly and steadily, you are more likely to keep them off.

Obese Male

(No, Smarty-Pants, this is NOT a picture of me)

CHANGING YOUR LIFESTYLE provides more information on losing weight.

I'm going to do it.

It will be interesting to see how much I weigh six months from now, and then a year from now.



Grossly fat or overweight.
fat - corpulent - gross

Obesity means having too much body fat. It is not the same as being overweight, which means weighing too much. A person may be overweight from extra muscle, bone, or water, as well as from having too much fat.

Both terms mean that a person's weight is higher than what is thought to be healthy for his or her height.


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