Letter to the Editor

Don’t Wait to Lose the Weight

By Cheryl W. Glenn

Why is it that many of us don’t recognize the need to lose weight until we get some disease like diabetes or high blood pressure or heart disease?

This question should be posed to anyone who is overweight and they should embark on a weight loss plan sooner, rather than later.

Before I go any further, I’d like to say that I’m not just preaching to the choir, but to myself as well, since I am one of the more than 25 million Americans who suffer from diabetes.

Incidentally, diabetes is a perfect example of a disease which should propel us to lose weight as it is the leading ca use of blindness, the leading cause of kidney failure and the leading cause of amputations; not to mention the seventh leading cause of death.1

This same source estimates that by 2020, more than half of all Americans will have diabetes.

I’d say that these statistics should make us stop and think about our health a little more seriously and about  the consequences of excess weight.

I always try to find scripture to back up my comments and I think the following two books in the bible apply to better health:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you…plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11  2

Question?  Will our futures be better or worse if we keep our health in check?

Another scripture comes from III John 2, which states “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as they soul prospers.”  3This passage tells us that God himself wants us to be as healthy as we can be.

In  Zig  Ziglar’s book “Born to Win” he states that you can have everything in life you want if you will help enough people get what they want.”4

With that in mind, I’d like to do my part to help those who are plagued with excess weight, myself included, to rid themselves of this problem.

It won’t be easy, but we can do it with self -determination or kujichugulia. 5

In my research and personal experience, I have found that there are several reasons for weight gain:  lack of exercise, eating the wrong foods, eating too much of your favorite foods, metabolic disorders; and some medicines which have steroids can cause one to gain weight as well.

Additionally, as we get older, sometimes our metabolism slows down, causing us to tend to put on excess pounds around the abdomen, which can also be the result of an unhealthy or clogged colon, as well as a lack of exercise. 6

Much of weight gain is due to diets rich in fat, which can be attributed to too much fast food or junk food, which we know is tasty, but is filled with high fat and caloric content as well as high cholesterol.

According to Dr. Travis Stork, as an ER doctor he routinely spends time with chronically ill people who have not done the best job of taking care of their bodies, over the years.7

Stork says in his book that “[People] wish more than anything that they could turn back the clock and live a better, healthier life.  They would give anything for a second chance.  For many of them it is too late, but it is not too late for you.”

And if you’re reading this article and recognize that you need to take better care of yourself by losing  excess weight, it is not too late for your either.

I’m certainly not an expert at losing weight; as a matter of fact every day is a struggle as it is with many who are trying to improve themselves.

But I have come up with a plan for successful weight loss and it seems to be working.

Most experts will tell you that you need to consult a doctor before you embark upon any weight loss program and that every diet is not for everyone.

You must find what works for you through trial and error, then stick with what works.

In short, you must come up with your own plan for successful weight loss.

But your plan must include the following five (5) elements:

A scale to track and chart your weight lost progress.

A goals chart to reward yourself when you lose weight (and you will lose weight).

A food diary to record all that you eat.  (It might seem unnecessary, but you’d be surprised how the food adds up and with more food  comes calories and fat, and weight).

Three to four bottles of water daily.

Exercise 3 to 5 times a week or more, for at least 20-30 minutes, depending on your health situation.

Exercise is vitally important in any weight loss program, or just for helping your peace of mind.  I’ve found that each time I take a 20 minute fitness walk or do as little as 10 minutes of aerobic activity, I feel energized.  But don’t take my word for it.

A recent article in the Harvard Health Letter states that “exercise improves thinking skills by reducing insulin resistance and inflammation, stimulating the growth of new blood vessels in the brain and boosting both the quantity and the longevity of brain cells.  And exercise can indirectly improve memory and thinking skills. 8

We’ve all heard that it takes much longer to lose weight than it does to gain it, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results immediately.  Just stick to your plan and after a while the weight will almost magically drop off.

It’ll seem like a miracle:  One day you’re overweight and then you’re not.

The mind is a complex organism and I believe that I read somewhere once that our minds see ourselves as we used to be, so if we were thin in earlier years, the mind has stored the thin images in our memory banks.

But when we gain weight and look in the mirror, the images in our brains aren’t lining up with the new images of ourselves with excess weight and vice versa.  Therefore, it is vitally important for us to have our self – images line up with the brain’s image, in order to see our true selves.

When the weight comes off, and eventually it will, you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel and look.

Your heart, blood pressure and joints will thank you for the loss of excess weight and you’ll thank God for success.

Then as Zig Ziegler stated “we can have whatever we want, if we help enough people get what they want.”

Good luck on your new self-improvement program.  I know you will become successful.

Let’s start a “Don’t Wait” Blog to record our weight loss.

1 American Health Underground (Vol. 6—Issue #4 (10-31-13)

2 The Bible (NKJV)

3 The Bible (NKJV)

4 “Born to Win” by Zig Ziglar

5 Kujichugulia the second principle of Kwanzaa

6 Your colon health

7 The  Lose Your Belly Diet by Dr. Travis Stork.

8 The Harvard Health Letter (Volume 42- Number 1-Novemeber 2016).