The Question is how long and how happy will you really be?


I can’t tell you how I cringe when I here these four letters uttered as a word.  YOLO!  While it is true that we really do only live once, the premise behind this phrase is “SO WHAT, DO WHAT YOU WANT”.   The problem with making this philosophy a universal way of life is that the rate of obesity in the country is well over thirty five percent in adults.

We certainly only live once and we live a much shorter life if we let obesity be part of our daily habits.  The CDC lists a range of issues caused by obesity.  Here is a list from their page on consequences.

 

People who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following:5,6,7

  • All-causes of death (mortality)

  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)

  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Coronary heart disease

  • Stroke

  • Gallbladder disease

  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)

  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems

  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)

  • Low quality of life

  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders8,9

  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning10

None of that sounds like fun to me.  Getting obesity under control, then maintaining a healthy caloric intake and output, is key to a happier healthy life.

People used to use the words.  “Diet and exercise.”  The problem with that is the word diet had now become synonymous with binge dieting.  Which oddly is also a child of the YOLO mentality.  The idea “I want it now!”  So we starve ourselves go to the gym 5 days a week and totally destroy our lean muscle mass.  Then when real life gets in the way again, we stop going to the gym. Reward ourselves for having lost 20 pounds by allowing the cravings we have been having for the last 2 months to drive our eating habits. The weight comes right back, but this time not as muscle but as fat.  Now go back up and read the list from the CDC again.

So here is a good formula for success.  Begin by taking the excess weight off with a nutritionally balanced meal plan.  Learn what habits you are doing every day to prevent weight control and decrease your good health.  Once your weight is under control begin a healthy exercise program (one that can fit in your lifestyle). Be part of a community that is going in that same direction. And have a coach!

 

 

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