Many people will be staring at their mirrors this January seeing the effect the holidays have had on their waistline. For others, they will see years of neglect and may possibly inspired to make profound changes in their lives. What you see in the mirror can be deceiving. Looking good is only one aspect to the weight loss equation. What it really does is help improve your health.
According to a recent study released in December, 2012, more than a quarter of Americans are obese. This not only means that more than 25% of the US population is overweight but that a quarter of us suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. More than 25% suffers from aches and pains because of excess strain on the joints. More than 25% of Americans are at a great risk for a heart attack and even cancer.
When we think about dieting, we rarely think about the positive health impacts. It’s all about how you look. If you’re looking for motivation to finally lose the weight you’ve always wanted to lose, you need to broaden your perspective and look at the other benefits that you might achieve, like having more energy, a more positive mood, and a longer lifespan. To help reach your health and weight loss goals, keep a journal. Record what you eat, how much you exercise, and how you feel. This can help you keep a positive outlook throughout the process and measure not only how you look but how healthy you feel.