Anyone can prescribe something for weight loss, muscle toning/building, or cardio improvement. If are already in the process of regaining your health this type of information can be helpful. However, if you are like most people sitting on your couch thinking, I’m going to lose 10 or even 100 pounds and are searching for a starting point or an easy, quick fix then take a moment and search your soul before searching Google. There are endless reasons that you got to this point. Figure out what those are first. So often we see weight gain summed up to poor diet + lack of exercise. Well, guess what folks, it is a lot more complicated than that!!!!
Questions to ask yourself:
1) Am I experiencing, or have I experienced too much stress?
a. If you live in the US, work full time and support yourself and family, chances are the answer is YES.
b. Are you always busy taking care of others or do you take time for yourself?
2) Is there a medical underlying cause?
a. A few examples from my personal experience include hormone imbalance, ovarian polycystic syndrome, sleep apnea, adrenal failure and low thyroid. Also, a huge part of my health decline was caused by overprescribing MDs.
b. If you believe that something is seriously wrong have you accepted the information provided as gospel or are you asking questions and fighting for yourself?
3) Is my life stable?
a. Is your housing situation comfortable?
b. Are you in an unhealthy relationship?
c. Is your job secure?
d. Is your family healthy?
e. Are you concerned about basic financial needs?
4) Do I have support?
a. Are the people that surround you going to push you to make unhealthy decisions?
b. Are you surrounded by people that say things like; “I support you” “I believe in you” “Go for it” buuuuuuuuut…..in action, they are being less than supportive?
c. Lastly, are the people that you rely on for emotional/mental support providing only negative feedback or do they provide encouragement.