Losing weight is a common concern in our society. More often than not, Westerners eat indiscriminately and do not like to exercise. In our consumer culture, almost everyone, at one point or another uses food to fill the void in his or her heart. In particular, weight gain is a serious problem for people who are predisposed to being overweight and have difficulty losing it.
Excess body weight significantly increases the risk of serious illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It is imperative to find and maintain your natural weight for health and longevity.
Here are a few basic suggestions on how to lose weight. Change your diet. At least twice a week, substitute a healthy meal for your usual one. Buy a good cookbook. Go to a vegetarian cooking class. Eat organic foods. Throw away white sugar, white flour, margarine, and anything else that is easy to give up for such healthy and good-tasting alternatives as honey, whole grains, and olive oil. If you still desire junk food, make a point to buy a healthier variety at a natural foods store.
Start on the path of yoga. It will bring harmony to your mind and body. Yoga will develop and fill your inner world with positive thoughts and emotions. Find a good Yoga teacher. Go to his or her class regularly. Let him or her design a personal plan for you, and practice it daily.
Start a daily walking routine: go for a half-hour walk four or five days a week. Walk briskly, so that you begin to sweat a little by the end of your walk.
Start looking for new friends who will support you when you begin developing new, healthy habits. Those who oppose your change towards a healthy lifestyle are not your friends.
Finally, people who are overweight, and for that matter matter anyone with unhealthy habits of any kind, should recognize that their health is important not only to themselves but also to their loved ones and to society. When you take care of yourself, you are also taking care of those who are dependent on you, and you are a radiant example of good living to those whom you meet.