How to lose weight by overcoming emotional, social and physical obstacles 15



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There are many factors that contribute to weight gain. Often, you may not identify them until you want to lose the weight. These factors are precursors to obstacles you may need to confront and overcome to lose the weight.

Many obstacles can be classified into three main categories: emotional, social and physical. Each type of obstacle needs to be addressed differently as it will have its own cofactors and variables. The identification, mastering and defeating of such obstacles is not a simple challenge but an intricate one fraught with twists and turns. Keeping a hold of your personal values and beliefs will steer you through the highs and lows of the challenge.

Emotional factors can often result in emotional eating. The healthiest and safest tool for weight loss is to only eat when you are feeling well, happy and balanced.

Eating when you are upset, reacting to something that has happened or as a result of being nervous will result in poor food choices and poor digestion. Your body’s cells will not uptake the nutrients that the food of your choice holds. Overeating is common when you are upset as your brain receives messages of distress from your body’s cells. These messages are misleading. They represent pain but are mimicking true messages of pain. The food choices you will seek will usually be of an addictive nature (such as sugar, processed carbohydrates and alcohol). The impact these addictive foods will have is to confuse receptors in your brain and body and send more pain messages,. This will develop into a cycle of addiction to foods that further harm you. As mentioned, these foods are addictive and will result in you having withdrawal symptoms when you stop eating them. Over-eating is also common as the receptors demand more and more comforting foods, again putting you on the slippery slope of addiction to nutrient sparse addictive foods.

Social factors can result in alienation, depression and poor body image. Alienation from others is rife unfortunately, these are the people who are usually envious of your choices. They wish they had the fortitude to lose weight and begin putting themselves first. If that does not take its toll, you may feel like withdrawing yourself from others or from social situations. In weight loss, it is self belief and self love that will see you through. No matter where you are in your journey, it is imperative that you remain active in your workplace, community and family. Let people see the effort you are making in your health. Allow them to join you as support crew or encouragers. Often people will be impressed with your ideals and want to support you. Sometimes, they just don’t know how to. One major pitfall you need to be aware of is body image. This can be a leading contributor in your aspirations.

Often, people compare themselves to models or even to people who have never battled with their weight. You are an individual, you have a unique road ahead of you, you are different to those you compare yourself to. Knowing what you want and why, (for example: you might say ‘I want to lose 20 kilograms so that I can wear clothes off the rack’) will help you keep a realistic and healthy body image.

Physical factors are easer to deal with. Whether you have been ill or injured, you CAN lose weight. There is no disease, injury or other physical limitation that can keep you from your goals.

When overcoming obstacles, you are able to address them and conquer them. There is no emotional, social or physical obstacle so great that can keep you from optimum health and permanent weight loss.

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Magic Barclay

Magic has opened her practice to accommodate people from all walks of life who are intent on losing excess kilograms and regaining their lives. She uses a combination of knowledge, empathy and a hands on approach to help her clients not only lose the weight and to integrate weight loss techniques with family life, but also to address root causes as to why they put the weight on.

  1. I mostly find that motivation is my problem when trying to lose weight but something is different this time around and I feel more positive that I can do it. I am also thinking more of myself and what I need and that is helping me to keep going it has been 3weeks now and the kilos are slowly coming off. We have to be more positive in our outlook in life and what we want to do. Bevxxxxx

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    • Go girl. Good for you. I lost 15 kilos 4 years ago and have kept it off. At times it is a struggle. I am like an alcoholic one day at a time.

    • Debbie 15 kilos is massive & how worthy of you to try to keep it off. I lost 6k last year & another 6k lately – I thought that was good going!

  2. My trouble is motivation and l loke food.lm not as my kids tell me a really belig eater but lm definitely not into too much exercise

  3. It took a health scare for me to finally decide I had to do something about my weight. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own so I have joined Jenny Craig for 5 years. I was getting a lot of chest pain when exercising so I was sent for a cardiac stress test which I failed miserably. I had done the City To Surf about 9 months earlier in 2 hours 30 mins which raised alarm bells with my GP and the staff doing the stress test so was sent of for a lot of scans etc. everything came back negative. My heart is good so my GP suggested I might need to lose just a few kilos. To date I have lost 19.5kgs with only 6.5kgs to my first goal weight. Have something to strive for. Mine was a Thailand trip to get some of the weight off. I am back now and still losing so iki can do it anyone can.

  4. I have been gaining and losing since 1976. I can’t see that changing even though I go to WW every week. Like a frog climbing out of a well. 3 hops up, slide down two and a half. Yes. I’ve been to a hypnotist. NO. There is no peace time when I can listen to the tapes. It was suggested I do my meditation in the quiet of the car under the house. Yes. With two furry faces in the windscreen and dog clawing the door down. I’m a naturally solitary creature forced into a life of noise and action.


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