This is just part of my observations on life and weight loss, not particularly a Bible study, but understanding what I’m about to talk about has helped me in weight loss dramatically.
Weight gain, this is something I’m very familiar with, and weight gain has a number of unhealthy effects. First it effects your health in various ways including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and can easily lead to pre-diabetes or even diabetes. Of course it doesn’t stop there, the list of side-effects from chronic weight gain go on and on, and in same cases can lead to death. One of the things we don’t really comprehend is that the more weight a person gains, the harder it is for them to move around and do things. The harder it is for them to move around and do thing, the more they stop doing things and become less active. The less active they are, the more they gain weight. Do you see where I’m going with this? Weight gain leads to less activity, which leads to more weight gain, which leads to less activity, and the vicious cycle continues. I call this the “Weight Gain Cycle.” I’m sure some fancy Doctor gave this scenario a real name, but I haven’t heard of it yet so I will just continue to call it the Weight Gain Cycle.
What can we understand from the Weight Gain Cycle?
- Aches and pains caused by weight gain should not be responded to by being less active!
- Chronic weight gain will eventually effect your mobility (lets just be honest here!)
- To stop the cycle you have to stop responding to weight gain in the same way.
Now lets look at the Weight Loss Cycle. Think of it as the Weight Gain Cycle, but backwards. In this instance you lose weight, which makes you feel better, which makes you more active, which leads to you losing more weight. Unfortunately, the Weight Loss Cycle isn’t as easy to initiate as the Weight Gain Cycle!
This is more easily seen in the areas of exercise. Months ago I decided to truly had intense exercise to my daily routine, which I was successful. I was pretty out of shape, so it was very hard, but I kept at it. Soon I was feeling good enough that I could exercise harder, then not too long after that I was feeling good enough that I was looking forward to exercise and was even looking for more ways to be active. Being active made me feel good, so I wanted to be more active, being even more active made me feel even better. It’s the Weight Loss Cycle.
How does one initiate the Weight Loss Cycle? First, you have to start doing what you don’t want to do. If you’re overweight then chances are you don’t want to be very active and you don’t want to exercise, instead you want to be sedentary. Here is the problem: being sedentary is what is going to keep you in the Gaining Cycle! So you have to get past the point of not doing things just because you don’t want to do them and instead doing things which are beneficial.
The second thing you have to do is start being active, even if you don’t like, or it doesn’t feel good. If you’ve been caught in the Gaining Cycle for a long period of time, being active might seem painful. It may seem like your body is fighting you, but it’s not. Your body is changing and adapting to your new lifestyle, give it time. I had to exercise 6 days a week for two months before I could wake up and enjoy my exercise, but those two months of soreness were worth it because I earned something you can’t buy: my life back!
I know a lot of people say you don’t need to exercise to lose weight. Which is true, I’ve met many people who didn’t need to be active to lose weight, however, they always gain the weight back. To be successful, you need to change your lifestyle, and that includes your activities. You need to start an activity that DEPENDS on your health and fitness that you LOVE (or will grow to love), so that you never want to go back to the place you were before. Plus, don’t just stop an activity because you’re not good at it. Activity is a skill, learn it, and love it! You will get better! When you do get better it’s time to start working harder!
That is all I have for today, I pray this helps you!