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Weight Gain Control

Written by Sharen

When tackling weight gain issues one must identify the type of weight gain that has been experienced.

- Is the weight gain the result of a pregnancy, a miscarriage? Gaining weight after pregnancy and miscarriage is very common. It's vital to get the gain weight off as soon as the doctor grants permission. Moms who are breastfeeding should wait to embark upon an aggressive weight loss plan until that phase is over and concentrate their focus on a healthy daily diet - which can actually set the stage for healthy weight loss.

-  Is weight gain related to a particular illness? If so, could it be related to medications? Some can cause substantial weight gain issues so discuss with your doctor if you suspect this to be the cause of your weight gain.

- Did weight gain occur after a new relationship began? Young couples are commonly impacted by weight gain, particularly after the wedding. They get comfortable with one another - and no longer need to fluff their feathers and beat their chest as they have found their perfect partner. Other time, money might be tight and less healthy foods become part of the budget which in turn trigger weight gain. Of course, the challenge is to strive to enjoy a healthier diet. Also, try taking walks together or enjoying a particular activity together which can assist in burning off the weight as well as boost metabolism.

- Has that unwanted weight always been a part of life? If so, you can definitely change things! If you have a lot of weight to lose the task might seem unachievable - but it isn't. Hard work? Oh yes! Losing over 100 pounds was the most difficult thing I've ever done in my life. It took me about a year of hard work and dedication. And it's still challenging - even after all these many years in keeping it off. But better health and more agility is better than any chocolate chip cookie that I've ever eaten.

So, whatever your circumstance - strive to get weight gain under control. Even if you're unable to drop the weight, strive to prevent future weight gain. If you don't, then at some point you'll just starting eating everything and anything, and you may not be able to stop until something very unsettling happens to the body. At that point, it may be too late to reverse the damage.

Dust on the Bible or Dust on the Weight Loss Scales?

There doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day to get it all done, does there? Society keeps modernizing and improving methods, yet we still can't find time in our busy day to focus on those things that are most important to us like time with our kids, time with our partner, time to relax, and time to read God's Word.

Is laundry important? Yes, especially if you're down to your last set of undies. What about shopping for that new outfit or that special book that you plan on reading while relaxing - which by the way, never seems to come!  If we don't make time in our lives for the things that are most important to us as Christians, those things will never happen.

Sad but true, dieting efforts are extremely time-consuming. Once the dieter gets the basics of their new weight loss plan, it can be a breeze. However, it's getting to that point which is so time-consuming.

Although dieting and healthy eating are very important because they play a part in the way that we feel, if you discover that your weight loss plan is so time-consuming that it's getting in the way of those important things in life, then it's time for a new diet plan.  In the long run, it's much better to have a little dust on the Diet Scales than to have your life completely buried under. John Lennon had a very memorable quote, "Life is what happens while we're making other plans..."  

Some tips that might help squeeze in time include:

- Try to find at least 15 minutes each day for alone time so that you can focus on what is important to you.

- Prepare meals in advance and freeze for quick access.

- Don't become so strict on your diet plan that you live for tomorrow rather than today, because sometimes, tomorrow doesn't come.

- Rather than pounce right on something, try letting your pile get a little bit bigger, then tackle. You may find that you have less loads of laundry to wash or that those hedges really can go another week without trimming.

The Visionary Dieter

Christians are among the best visionaries in the world. They look ahead, they analyze, they know what they want in regards to God and pleasing Him. They arrange their lives accordingly, going to church, giving of body and spirit, they share their knowledge of God with those around them, they work to make other people's lives better, they strive to see the good in others, they make room for events involving God such as visitation, church dedication services, reading their Bible and visiting the sick.

If that visionary drive could only be packaged and applied towards dieting, very FEW, if any, dieters would fail!

While trying to drop those unwanted pounds, think about where you want to be. Think about your health, the meals that you'll need to plan, the few extra miles that you'll need to walk to help get the weight off, and how others can help support you so that you stay motivated and on track with your diet plan. It may mean speaking with your partner and asking them to switch to healthier offerings at meal time and snack time. It may mean less dining out and no hot buttered popcorn at the movies for a while.

As a Christian, you know how God's work pays off. You know that sometimes, you feel that everything that you do is entirely in vain - that you have failed. But do you quit God?? No!  Of course not! You re-gather your thoughts, your strategy and you push forward because of your great love for God.  Do the same on your diet plan - and yes, it will be very fruitful! Never, ever give up trying.

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