A recent survey revealed on the Dr. Oz show found that 87% of all US women are unhappy with their weight.
In fact, the weight loss industry – selling tons of pharmaceuticals and herbal weight loss remedies, exercise equipment and exercise routines – is one that has been literally unscathed by a dwindling economic climate. And weight loss centers – whose main clientele are women (mothers at that) –are popping up in strip malls all over North America.
Adipex, one of the most popular diet drugs available by prescription only is being considered one of the most widely used drugs in America and is being prescribed at record numbers.
Sadly, the negative body image that many of us carry around is often the gateway for women to be taken advantage of by marketing ploys. Check out Facebook, the news, watch commercials, or nearly any talk show, and you will sure to find some sort of claim about weight loss and how to lose weight FAST. Worse is that there is a lot of pressure on mothers to lose baby weight and fit back in those pre-pregnancy jeans! To which I say, forget it!
The truth is that while some of the drugs on the market will help you lose weight there is STILL ONLY ONE WAY to lose weight and be healthy. It’s perhaps one of the most simple equations known to man and boils down to the innate functions of the human body.
The cure for being overweight is to MOVE MORE and EAT LESS/BETTER.
Garbage in the body equates to weight gain and unhealthiness. Many doctors recommend eating only natural things – avoiding processed foods or anything that comes in a box, and watching intakes of salt. But the bottom line is that weight loss doesn’t have to be difficult. You need to move your body more, which will burn calories, and eat fewer calories per day. Trading that bag of chips for an apple equals fewer calories and walking to the park or playing on the trampoline with the kids means more calories burned.
Losing weight this way and balancing your diet naturally may take a little bit longer than swallowing a daily pill, but it will be a heck of a lot more long lasting. (Not to mention without negative side effects.)
Recently, I wrote in to a popular MOMMY site, which seems to be excessively pushing weight loss gimmicks, advertisements, and articles to their online guests, most of whom are new mothers and mommies. As if there isn’t enough pressure on women already. Bottom line is that they are trading in their ethics and compassion for women for the almighty dollar.
If you are tempted to fall for one of the tricks or gimmicks online – try to steady yourself. Remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If something besides exercise and a healthy diet claims to enable you to lose an enormous amount of weight in a short term, check it out with your doctor first.
Most importantly, learn to love the skin you are in. Give yourself time to drift back to your pre-pregnancy body, and try to be amazed at how amazing the female body really is! In other words, give yourself a break! Slow and steady when it comes to weight loss, wins the race!
Are you concerned about your post-baby body? What tricks have helped you to lose weight the healthy way?
What do you think? Do You Want to Lose Baby Weight?