Weight management needs more than good intentions
According to recent statistics, the adult rate of overweight/obesity in developed countries has increased to around 67% and over 39 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2020 (WHO).
We all know the health consequences of being overweight are striking with increased risks of developing cardiovascular disease (stroke and heart disease), diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders (e.g., osteoarthritis) and some cancers (including endometriosis, breast, ovarian prostate, gallbladder, kidney & colon).
We also all know that overweight and obesity, as well as their related diseases, are largely preventable, for example, by making different lifestyle choices in terms of what we consume and engaging in regular physical movement. It sounds easy, doesn't it? Why then are 67% of us obese or overweight, and globally this figure rising year on year? There seems to be something seriously missing here, right?
Are we simply lazy, not caring about ourselves or simply unmotivated to do anything about it because we are all addicted to eating the wrong stuff and lack exercise?
The thing is, we all know consciously that making different lifestyle choices for the long term can be a game-changer in managing our weight. Consciously you want to stop eating unhealthily but your unconscious mind continues to pester for excessive or inappropriate food. This is why diets so frequently fail.
Conscious motivation can be short-lasting and soon fizzle out if we don't see results quickly. With our bodies taking way longer to adjust to changes than our minds, we soon start flagging and wonder whether it's all worth it. Consciously you know exercise is good for you but your unconscious mind de-motivates you, making exercise regimes difficult to maintain.
In short, intentions are great but often not enough when the strategy fails to be planned well and implemented consistently and sustainably.
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