No, its not just because the holidays are over and we've added a few extra pounds and inches. We've both been kind of bad about not eating healthy for several months, and it shows. Just before Thanksgiving Spouse said he needed to loose weight, but I suggested he wait until the holidays. I mean, who wants to watch what they eat during Thanksgiving and Christmas?
A few years ago we both went on Weight Watchers (not the meetings, just the point plan) and did very well. Spouse lost almost 50 lbs and I lost almost 40. But here's the problem:
We're both going to increase our exercise a bit, too. We're already pretty active (we both work out with a trainer once a week, do cardio at least twice a week, and walk a lot) so I don't know that more exercise will help with weight loss necessarily, but it certainly couldn't hurt. Plus the exercise will release endorphins that help to and improve mood and suppress appetite.
Appetite - that's a whole 'nother story! I have said for many years that I believe lots of people overeat - not because they're hungry - but because eating gives them control in their lives. I know from our own experiences that when situations at work or in our personal lives cause us stress, we tend to eat more. When we feel we don't have control over the work or personal situations, we exert control where we can, which is our eating. I believe many people overeat in order to feel they are in control. Its kind of like anorexia nervosa, only in the opposite direction.
Now, I'm not saying ALL overweight people are such because of stress or lack of control over work and personal situations in their lives. There are many causes of overweight. I'm simply noting my belief that most overweight people are not overweight because they are always hungry. Sometimes they're just bored.
So wish us luck as Spouse & I start our non-diet/new eating patterns/lifestyle change. Hopefully in a few months we'll look less like the photos above, and more like the photo below!
Oh, alright! A boy can wish, can't he?
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