Diet plays a critical role in natural weight loss. It concerns what we eat, how much we eat and how we eat certain food. Poor eating habits can lead to heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, liver disease, astrointestinal disease, asthma, insomnia, and many other illnesses. Weight problems affect many countries throughout the world, including China.
Weight problems, especially in children, have increased nowadays. Many young people think they don’t need to watch what they eat because they’re healthy at the moment, but this type of faulty reasoning can lead to an unhealthy future. Weight problems in childhood will most likely cause weight problems in adulthood. According to the New York Times, Obesity is related more to what people eat then how much. Adjusted for height, the Chinese consume 20 percent more calories than Americans do. But Americans are 25 percent fatter. The main dietary differences are fat and starch. The Chinese eat only a third the amount of fat Americans do, while eating twice the starch. The body readily stores fat, but expends a large proportion of the carbohydrates consumed as heat. Some of the difference may be attributable to exercise . . . (New York Times, May 8, 1990.)
After I gave birth to my first child, I became overweight, reaching more than 150 pounds, which was too heavy for my height. I got to the point where I had a hard time getting on a bus, which made me very embarrassed, especially when other people were waiting behind me. On top of that, during one of my medical checkups, I was described as obese and unable to achieve weight loss. That made me even more uncomfortable. I am not the type of person who wants to be boxed in a situation. Those experiences motivated me to use whatever ability I have to change my situation. I was determined to lose weight, and I wanted to prove that I can do it. Within several months, I lost weight by changing my diet and exercising. My experience proves that anyone can achieve their goals if they are determined to do so.
I now weigh 118 pounds, but I know that it could go up again if I lose my discipline or let mind go off track. Although my body type is prone to weight problems, it doesn’t mean that I should just accept having weight problems. I want to keep my weight down because I know that doing so will help me to prevent diseases caused by being overweight and eating an unhealthy diet.
Weight Loss Obstacles: Food Causes Blockages and Imbalance
Diet, along with exercise, is very important to our weight loss. Some foods can make us lose weight, while some foods can cause blockages in our body and cause weight gain and diseases. From seeing patients for over 20 years, I know many of them have/had poor eating habits and poor diet. Here are some problems we encounter when it comes to weight loss:
1. We eat too much
• Dairy products
• Cold food and drinks
• Take-out food
• Fast food
• Soft drinks
2. Our eating habits
• Eating when stressed
• Eating when emotional
• Eating the wrong food
• Eating late
• Uncontrolled eating during parties
• Choosing only food by the commercial food industry
• Insufficiently supportive environment
To really solve our weight issues, we first need to answer these questions: “What do I want? What do I have to do to get what I want?” The real issue is that many of us don’t even know what we want. Figuring out what we want is going to be tough, but I believe that you will have most of the answers and know what to do.
My book Weight Loss the Natural Way: An Effective and Natural Way to Lose and Maintain Your Optimum Weight provides you with strategies for getting what you want.
In my book I included 30 recipes for easy-to-make and delicious dishes. There are also practical ways that help you decide what to eat and how to eat your food. Give it a try and give it some time, I am sure you will be pleased with the result.
The natural way is always to make the right choice and keep up your efforts.