Weight Loss And Self Improvement
Weight loss can have a direct effect on your self improvement goals. Motivation and self-esteem also have an effect in the ability to lose weight. You may want to lose weight for a number of reasons. Whether it is to look better, feel better, or to prevent disease, it requires a healthy mental commitment, exercise, and realistic goals.
The vicious cycle to weight loss is that your mental wellness can be affected by your weight, but you also have to be mentally ready to lose weight. Achieving a goal such as weight loss, can have a very positive effect on your self-esteem, and is a self-improvement goal. However, if you are not mentally or physically up to the challenge, it can be very difficult, or impossible to achieve your goal, possibly damaging your self-image.
Weight loss can be directly related to self-esteem. If you are experiencing low self-esteem, you may feel trapped in life. You may feel that someone or something is preventing you from achieving your weight loss goals. Self-improvement can begin with recognizing what the obstacles are to your success. If weight loss is a personal goal, you must identify excess weight as a problem first, then seek help in overcoming the contributing factors to your weight problem. Accepting yourself, and understanding that some goals are attainable and others are not, is an indicator of good self-esteem.
Causes Of Common Weight Gain
Weight loss may become a personal goal, so it is important to know that there are some common reasons for weight gain. These factors will have to be taken into account when you begin your weight loss program. Some of the more common factors are:
Genetics- Obesity may be a genetically inherited factor. This can be overcome with assistance, if you are aware of the genetic disposition, and make allowances for this in your goals.
Eating Disorders- You may have become accustomed to self-medicating with food. Find the source of your anxiety and/or stressors, and this may be avoided. If you suffer from anorexia or bulimia, you will need to seek professional medical assistance.
Medications- Some prescribed medications such as anti-depressants, anti-seizure, and anti-psychotics, can contribute to weight gain. Steroids, and medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, and heartburn can also add additional weight.
Menopause- Because of less physical activity, slowing metabolism, and hormonal changes in the body, menopause can trigger hunger, lack of sleep, and depression. These symptoms can lead you to eat more, affecting your weight.
Stress- If you have difficulty dealing with stress, you may notice weight gain. Stress triggers a biochemical process in which the body stores energy, and slows metabolism.
Medical Conditions- Hypothyroidism decreases your metabolism, causing an appetite loss, but weight gain. Other medical conditions such as depression, Crushing Syndrome, chronic stress, and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), can also cause you to gain weight.
Common Reasons To Lose Weight
Each person has a different reason for wanting to lose weight. It may be to improve your health, or to improve your mental outlook, or just to look like you want to. No matter what the reason, being at a healthy weight increases your motivation, activity level, and self-esteem. Some common reasons to lose weight are:
Coronary Artery Disease- The risk of heart attack are increased with additional weight. Overweight people are more likely to have high blood pressure also.
Diabetes- Weight is the largest risk factor of developing type 2 diabetes.
Mental Health- People who are obese may have health issues, which may also contribute to chronic depression and lack of self-esteem.
If you feel better, then you are more likely to achieve the goals that you have set. With will power, smaller portion sizes, controlled snacking, and exercise, worked into your daily routine, you can lose weight and improve your self-esteem greatly. A realistic plan which is personalized for you is very important. If you set unrealistic goals, your mental health may suffer, and the weight may be added instead of lost. With personalized, realistic goals, and help to achieve them, your self improvement plan to lose weight can be achieved.