How to Achieve Weight-loss While Pursuing Wellness
As we enter the New Year 2010, we are reminded that it is
time for those New Year’s resolution once again. When like
most Americans, you may decide that it’s time to take stock
of your personal state of health and start shedding those
It is no secret that two out every three Americans are
overweight and a disturbing 15% of our children ages 6 to
19 are overweight and this number is on the rise,
increasing the risk of children diabetes and a lower life
expectancy. With that in mind it should come as no surprise
to find that weight loss will be very prominent on most
resolution lists for this New Year. Unfortunately, by the
end of January the vast majority of these resolutions will
most likely be broken.
You may be wondering why so many people will fail to follow
through on such a vital function that will without any
doubt have a large impact on their health. there may be
many reasons for this, let’s look at a few.
- Disinformation from the weight loss industry. Today the
weight loss and wellness industry is a trillion dollar
industry and yet the problem keeps getting more critical
each day. More Americans are on weight loss diets of one
kinds or the other, but with less success than ever before.
Where ever you turn, you’ll find more gyms, weight loss
clubs and diet programs being advertised than ever before.
The isles in the supermarkets are flowing over with diet
products, and yet more of us are losing the battle of the
bulge than ever before.
Within the industry there are just so many unrealistic
promises being made. You’ll see ads on TV, in the print
media and on the internet daily, promising weight loss of
unrealistic proportion in record time. Not only are some of
these claims misleading, but they often lead to
disappointments and frustration on the part of many weight
loss candidates when they fail to achieve the promised
- Deceptive Practices By the food industry. Our influences
are largely shaped by what we read but more so by what we
see on television. The Food Industry spends millions of
dollars to convince us we should continue to consume their
products with no regards for our health. As long as their
sales keep going up they will have no incentive to improve
the nutritional value of their products. Rest assured, that
As long as the consumers seem contented the government
won’t step in to set higher standard for the industry.
- Unrealistic expectation on the part of some consumers. In
today’s fast moving society some people are very impatient
and are not prepared to spend the time nor are they willing
to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve the desired
result. Thus they fall prey to these promises of quick and
easy weight loss. While forgetting that the excess weight
did not just appear overnight, but are the result of a
steady accumulation of fats over a period of time.
Weight gain is primarily caused by an energy imbalance,
meaning that the foods you consume are providing more
calories than you are burning which causes your body to
store the excess calories as fat.
To lose weight you will need to create an energy deficit by
consuming fewer calories, increase the amount you burn
through physical activities or a combination of both.
If your resolution for this New Year is to lose weight, you
would be better served by focusing on achieving a state of
personal wellness. “Creating a Life of Wellness requires
the continuous flow of the elements of weight management
which include, nutrition, fitness, and stress management”.
Proper nutrition is vital to weight management and personal
wellness. Understanding how your body works and what your
diet should be is vital on your personal journey to optimum
wellness and better health. Wellness balances the overall
quality of life. Wellness is “the condition of good phyical
and mental health”.
A balanced diet is crucial for providing our bodies with
the nutrients needed to make it function properly. However,
most of us find making healthy choices to be a challenge.
The reality of our daily diet is that we consume an
excessive amount of the foods that have adverse effects on
our health, while on the other hand there are great
deficiencies in our intake of the foods that provide the
nutrients our body need to function properly.
For this New Year and for the rest of your life, you can
resolve to retake control of your life. You have the power
to improve yours and your family future health. All you
need is the right information and the motivation to get to
the state of optimum wellness. Improving your state of
wellness is a step-by-step process and you can achieve it.
About the Author:
Jerry Gunning is a Personal Wellness Coach who practices
the personalized approach to a healthy diet and lifestyle
changes with the emphasis on attaining optimum wellness
rather than merely losing weight. Site: