Ask someone who’s overweight about how it feels and they’ll tell you a 101 reasons on how obesity impacts their life negatively. It is not just about the serious health risks that it poses, but also about the psychological aspects. Although we may not speak of it, but overweight people suffer from lower self-confidence, anxiety and often depression. The social stigma attached to obesity can make overweight people feel less attractive than their fitter peers. Medically too, excessive body weight puts one at a higher risk of stroke, diabetes, heart attack and even cancer.
True, losing weight is easier said than done and various obstacles come in the path to a fitter body.Here are a few of the most common ones:
- Resistance to change
- Focusing excessively on the end result
- Expecting too much to change too soon
- Giving up too quickly such as after a small injury or sprain
- Setting unrealistic weight loss goals
- Not complementing an exercise regime with the right diet
But, YOU can do it
Fitter bodies are home to fitter minds, and we are just awestruck by Amir Khan’s superb transformation from fat to fit in a matter of five months. The actor reportedly weighed 97 kg when he started his strict fitness regimen for playing his part in the film Dangal. He has shown by example how we can be in control of our bodies through a combination of rigorous exercises and a strictly monitored diet. “I thought I have bitten off more than I can chew! 97 kg weight, 38% body fat – I thought I couldn’t do it. The task seemed too hard to complete – like when you see the Himalayas and think that you can never climb the mountain because it seems too far and too difficult. But then I told myself – one day at a time, one step at a time.”
Watch the video below for more inspiration to eat healthy and work harder!
This article was written by Dr. Renuka David, a leading health and wellness consultant in India. You can reach her at http://www.drrenukadavid.com/ask-renu/