It’s not uncommon for humans to look for an excuse when faced with a problem. For millions of people who are overweight, I have some bad news, while it’s not impossible to have some genetic or hormonal issues that may make losing weight a slightly bigger challenge it’s very, very rare to have a genetic problem that has caused your weight gain.
More often than not, over 99% of the time, it’s simply a matter of ingesting more calories than we burn off – poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. For anyone who is morbidly obese, these issues can literally become a matter of life and death.
What is considered morbid obesity? Anyone who has a BMI (Body Mass Index) of between 40 and 50. A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 25, obesity starts at a BMI of 30 and morbid obesity anything over 40. Another factor to define morbid obesity is if an individual is more than 100 lbs overweight. That too would be considered to be morbid obesity.
To figure out your BMI you can use a fairly convoluted math equation, or you can simply go online to find one of many free resources where you can plug in your weight and height and it will calculate your BMI for you. This may be an intimidating step, but it’s a necessary one. You can’t fix any problem until you fully understand just how bad the problem is. Finding out your BMI will give you a very clear picture of just where you stand and how important it is to start making changes right away.
Obesity, morbid or not, can cause a myriad of problems both physical and emotional. Everything from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, some types of cancers, to depression and anxiety. The good news is that no matter where you are now, you can make changes. Please realize that the higher your BMI, the longer it will take you to reach your goals.
People often quit because they bought into some idea that losing weight and getting in shape will be fast and easy. While it can be fun if you pick physical activities that you enjoy and you just change your eating habits, that doesn’t mean that you won’t run across some times when you just want to give up. One of the reasons that I’m so against many of the weight loss products available is because most of them offer unrealistic expectations and that is just setting someone up for failure. While a lot of these diets and pills may be able to help you along on your weight loss journey, you will still need to make sure to eat enough of the right foods and get plenty of physical activity into your daily life.
My son is quite overweight and has recently decided he has had enough and he wants to get in shape. Since I’ve been working out regularly for years, he turned to me for some advice. The first thing I told him was to stop thinking of weight loss as a temporary thing and start focusing on lifestyle changes instead.
If you think ‘diet’ the subconscious thought is ‘temporary’. If you plan on going back to your bad habits as soon as you’ve lost your weight you’ll just gain all the weight back.
Instead make permanent changes to your outlook about exercise and food and not only will it seem like the weight is coming off more quickly ( mostly because you’re not focusing on it) but you will be able to keep it off permanently and that is the best ‘drug’ against being morbidly obese.