Is Your Pant Size Killing You?
Not happy with your weight, yet finding it hard to lose?
The majority of Americans feel this way today. 64% of Americans are overweight or obese, but the problem isn’t just about looking good in the mirror or not fitting into the same clothes you did 5 years ago. The effects of being overweight on your body are far more dangerous when it comes to your health. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, various cancers, diabetes, digestive problems, thyroid issues, hormone imbalances and the list goes on of health problems that have been sky rocketing over the last 15 years right along with obesity; is there a correlation? In 2001 research showed that obesity and physical inactivity may account for 25 to 30 percent of several major cancers—colon, breast (postmenopausal), endometrial, kidney, and cancer of the esophagus. In 2001, 41,000 cases of cancer were estimated to be due to obesity. A recent report estimated that, in the United States, 14 percent of deaths from cancer in men and 20 percent of deaths in women were due to overweight and obesity.
Wanting to lose those extra pounds yet?
The reality is most people try fad diets, buy gym memberships and then completely fall off the wagon a few weeks into the program.The other brutally common reality is that once people do lose a few pounds, they slowly (OR QUICKLY) slip back into their old habits.
At Maximized Living, we coach our patients on finding their BIG WHY. If you have a BIG ENOUGH WHY, you can overcome the how. So, if your reason for losing weight isn’t big enough, you’ll never keep it up. For example, many people only eat vegetables to get a flatter stomach. That may last for awhile – but not for long. Instead, if you the reason WHY you ate vegetables was to provide your body with the nutrients to support a healthy, healing immune system to fight off cancer and be able to watch you kids graduate college and get married – then you’d be far more likely to stick with eating vegetables. Your diet book says, “Eat avocados and nuts not because you’ll decrease cellulose and look better in a swim suit.” Add to that a BIGGER WHY by also eating avocados and nuts to repair damaged cells, create a healthy mind, and maintain healthy, smooth blood vessels so you can have a long, quality existence.
When it comes to eating clean and exercising to maintain a healthy body weight, there are always plenty of excuses to quit: “Eating healthy and organic is too expensive,” “There isn’t enough time to workout or cook healthy meals,” etc. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to change your perspective. If you think it takes time to stay healthy think about the time and the money it takes to have disease or cancer. Would you rather pay $30,000 a month to sit in a hospital bed, be hooked up to IV’s, vomit after your medications and lose your hair or would you rather put in the effort now so you can vacation, spend time with your family, play with your grandkids, walk on the beach, and pass on your wisdom?
The choice is yours and at Maximized Living we would like to empower you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your healthcare. Visit our website to find a Maximized Living doctor in your area:
Also Read: Why Weight Loss is a Flawed Goal
- Calle EE, Rodriguez C, Walker-Thurmond K, Thun MJ. Overweight, obesity, and mortality from cancer in a prospectively studied cohort of U.S. adults. New England Journal of Medicine 2003; 348(17):1625–1638.
- Vainio H, Bianchini F. IARC handbooks of cancer prevention. Volume 6: Weight control and physical activity. Lyon, France: IARC Press, 2002.