We live in a society which actively encourages sloth. Unless we have gainful employment in construction, maintenance or in manufacturing there is every possibility that we spend the days of our lives in front of a screen. Then we finish up our days at work and retreat either into the comfort of our friends for a night on the town – or as we get older to the comfort of a soft chair. Often we are too tired after our exertions to even think about exercise or a healthy diet. Fast food is cheap and readily available – ordering out is now more popular than ever before.
The fact of the matter is that the Western World is in the midst of an epidemic of obesity. It has been labeled as such by many of the leading medical thinkers of our time.
Are we all overweight? That question depends very much on personal circumstance and body type. Carrying a couple of extra pounds is not usually a problem – but when your weight begins to interfere with your desired quality of life it is time to take action.
There are a variety of ways to take that first step towards an ideal weight. However – each and every step that is taken requires discipline. Even the most forgiving of diet plans will require some sort of sacrifice.
But there can be no solution to perceived weight issues without taking a holistic view of the problem. Diet is only one part of the solution. An entire rethink of lifestyle might be required. This includes maximizing the time that is available for exercise. It is only through a balance between diet and exercise that ideal body weight can be achieved. There are simply no shortcuts. A radical diet will see you shed those pounds – but the question is – how long can you keep up a lifestyle where you deprive yourself of the pleasure that comes from a good meal?
The ideal solution is in moderation. A calorie-controlled diet, avoidance of binge eating, eating at regular intervals and avoiding refined products can all play their part. Add low impact exercise on a daily basis and you will be coming close to that ideal that will help you to maintain healthy body weight. There are various supplements that can assist in this process – but even then their use depends on discipline.
The first step to an ideal weight is just a simple decision away – will I or won’t I?