We all know our modern lifestyle makes us fat. In fact, we have never been fatter. Obesity is the fastest spreading disease in the western world and in spite of all the research and all the warnings it continues to grow. You have to conclude people like to be fat. Maybe that is not quite correct – it’s more likely they like doing the things that make them fat. And that is the problem.
Everyone tells us we have to start doing things we do not want to do. However, the obvious conclusion is, if our lifestyle is making us fat we have to change our lifestyle if we want to lose our stomach fat. That means doing some things we do not want to do. But how is that different from many things in our life?
How many people really like their job? How many people have to convince themselves they like to get up of a morning and go to a job they find boring or work with someone they can barely tolerate. They do it because they have to make a living. We get paid and that is our reward.
How many other parts of our life are like that? We put up with things we dislike simply because we have to. In most cases we cannot change them. But our lifestyle is something we can change. It is one part of our lives where we can take control and one that will give us a positive outcome. Our reward will be better health, better weight control and a more positive attitude.
Here are some of the lifestyle changes we can make to be healthy and to take control of the way we live that will help us lose stomach fat
- Adopt the lifestyle of a healthy person – choose healthy food and get some form of exercise
- Think in terms of how we want to feel about ourselves – the feeling of taking control of our life and of feeling good about ourselves
- Put our body’s needs first rather than putting our wants first. In other words, make sure we are providing our body with what it needs to perform at its best before we cater to our own tastes. Sometimes these things will not clash, but often they do
- Try to look at our body’s needs objectively, as we would our car or any other piece of machinery. If we do not feed it the right food it will deteriorate through lack of nutrients or by carrying excess weight. If we do not get it to move enough, it will deteriorate through loss of bone and muscle strength.
For most of us, our body is here for the long haul. If it is a strong, efficient unit it will serve us well into old age. It will carry us with ease and comfort. It will help us to move freely, stay mobile and be healthy so we can enjoy life and not be dragged down by disability and disease. On the other hand, if it is weak and inefficient through neglect, it will be a burden for us to drag through life. For some of us, it will mean immobility, discomfort and disability – robbing us of a great deal of enjoyment and the potential to enjoy life to the full.
Weight loss management goes hand in hand with living a healthy lifestyle. Issues such as excess stomach fat, an indication of health dangers in itself, is easier to control. If we want to be healthy and we need to change our mindset and our lifestyle, we should do it now.