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Seven Questions For Weight Loss

It seems that everyone I meet feels like they could stand to lose a few pounds, but is that really the case? Are you really putting your health at risk, or are you just carrying around a little harmless fluff? According to WebMD, here are seven questions you should ask yourself to help decide if you really need to get serious about dropping pounds.

  1. What is your lifestyle? Most people exercise and eat healthy just to lose weight, but this kind of lifestyle is important for everyone all the time. If you're not at all active and you eat poorly, you may need to start making some changes for your overall health, not because of a weight-loss goal.
  2. What is your family history? If high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, or another weight-related condition runs in your family then, yes, you must be conscious of your weight.
  3. What is your weight history? People who have consistently gained weight over the years need to watch out since experts say your weight should not increase dramatically, even as you get older. Even moderate weight gain in adulthood can increase your risk of diabetes, so it's important to try to maintain a healthy weight.

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  1. How is your weight distributed? I'm sure you've heard that apple-shaped individuals (those with weight around their middle) are at greater risk for weight-related problems. So if you're carrying a tire around your belly and aren't too thick anywhere else, you're health would greatly benefit if you whittled away your middle a little. If your weight is primarily in your thighs and butt, it's not as crucial to drop the pounds.
  2. What is your waist size? The National Institute of Health has determined that a waist circumference of over 40 inches in men and over 35 inches in women signifies a health risk, particularly in people with a BMI of 25-34.9 (the overweight category). If you're not sure what your BMI is, check out Fit's Calculator to find out.
  3. What is your health profile? If you haven't seen a doctor for a while, make an appointment and have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked. If your cholesterol and blood pressure levels are high and your BMI falls into the overweight or obese category, it's important to lose weight.
  4. How do you feel? If you are overweight and have joint problems, shortness of breath, or other health troubles that limit your day-to-day living, then melting away pounds would help improve the quality of your life.

Share your answers in the comments section below.


cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
thanks bellacu! I know that when i do yoga (it's a 10 minuute destressor routine) and he says to breath into my hamstrings, it actually feels like i am breathing into and lightening my hamstrings, so maybe i will add some at the end and breathe into my ankle. I have lost 10 pounds though. Not just this week, but since the last time I weighed (which was about a month ago and i wasn't even trying lol) so yay me! i hope it stops hurting soon because it is effecting my ability to do cardio.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i think lifestyle is the most important thing. i started work and i lost 10lbs in a week eating pizza, chips and other awful stuff. also the same happened 2 years ago when i moved to London and wanted to see the sight, so was walking all day - also my diet was mac and cheese, mcdonalds, hot dogs and pop corn. and i lost 15lbs like that :)
bellacu bellacu 9 years
Hi Cravinsugar, I'm sorry you're having problems with your joints, that makes it really hard to work out, so congrats on keeping up with it! I have a couple suggestions... First, to try to avoid some pain, I would suggest swimming. Just treading water can be a great workout. If you're not into that, try the eliptical machine. There's pretty much no impact so your joints might be happier :) Second, if you can't avoid the pain, check into deep breathing and visualization. I know it sounds kinda out there, but it really does work! Hope this helps!!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
This is a good post. As for me, one of my motivations is my family history. In my family, there are many weight-related issues (everything named in the post) -- "high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes . . . ", PLUS MORE. I do NOT want any of those conditions. It affects the quality of life, in my opinion.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I am currently on a road to weight loss, including exercise which i am making myself do (i liek to go home and veg). I must admit, I know the joint problems will go away once i have lost some weight (and back probs) BUT...what do i do if that joint pain is getting in the way of working out? I do either tae bo or walking (thus far), and just after 3 days of this I have to ice my ankle and am in great pain during/after until ice has numbed. (i have tendonitis in my ankle) I can't take tylenol or ibuprofen. Does anyone out there have any ideas as a temporary fix until the weight sluffs off and it doesn't hurt?
yasume yasume 9 years
Great advice. I live by these words daily. When people ask how I am able to maintain my size, I respond that it is my lifestyle. I make a point of taking care of myself through good, healthy eating, exercise and staying positive.
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