Should Lose Weight Now!
©2003 Julie S. Rayburn
Everyone who has a weight problem, whether
it is an extra 10 pounds or an extra 50
pounds, knows that they should lose weight.
They are told by their doctors that they
need to lose weight or they will suffer
terrible diseases yet they dont take
his advice. There are new studies published
in the finest medical journals in the country
preaching the benefits of losing weight,
and many newspaper articles relaying the
results of these studies, yet people still
do nothing to lose the extra weight.
Is it just that everyone thinks that disease
will not happen to them; that somehow they
are invincible? Or is it that people dont
care because they think they will just be
losing a few years off of their life? Or
are people so overwhelmed with all of the
bad information out there on how to lose
Or maybe, just maybe, people associate
so much pain with losing weight that a future
full of disease and suffering doesnt
seem so scary? Are you associating so much
pain with the thought of losing weight that
you are willing to give up your life? Are
you willing to cut 20-30 years off of your
life just to avoid the process of losing
I am going to help you associate pain with
not losing weight in an effort to get you
to do what you know you need to do!
First of all, did you know that fatty deposits
are found in the arteries of 3 year old
children who have been eating standard American
fare? You know, drinking their milk, eating
their chicken and steak, going out to dinner
and ordering off the kids menu. Nothing
out of the ordinary for most American children.
This is the beginning of heart disease.
Now imagine that you are that child. You
ate typical American fare growing up and
still eat it today. All of these years have
gone by and you have been happily enjoying
the meals with your family, cook-outs, and
other food parties. Barbecue chicken on
the 4th of July, turkey at Thanksgiving,
and lets not forget the Christmas
ham! Its 35 years later and you have
spent a big portion of your life eating
the foods that cause heart disease. You
are 20-30 pounds overweight (you tell yourself
that you are big boned), dont get
a lot of exercise, and think you are too
young to be threatened by major diseases.
So for 35+ years, heart disease and hardening
of the arteries has been slowly but steadily
getting worse. Then one day you are walking
to your car after a hard day at the office,
and you collapse. You have just had a coronary
artery thrombosis, a heart attack.
Your life flashes before your eyes. You
remember how your wife begged you to lose
weight. You remember having to tell your
kids that you cant play baseball with
them because you dont have the energy.
You are reminded that your father died of
a heart attack at 47. You didnt get
to say goodbye to your wife or kids. The
last words you said to your 4 year old daughter
were I dont have time for a
bear hug, Ill be late for work
as you ran out the door that morning. And
those are the last words you will ever get
to say to her. You did not survive the heart
attack. Another life snuffed out before
it really began. And for what? So you could
eat one more cheeseburger? Because you didnt
think you were that out of shape?
You dont have to be grossly overweight
or out of shape to suffer a heart attack.
If 3-year old children have the beginnings
of heart disease, what do you think is going
on in your body? If you are over 40 and
overweight, you are a ticking time bomb!
Any minute you could be uttering your last
words to your kids, your wife, your husband.
The diseases associated with obesity develop
over time, but can kill in an instant. The
leading cause of death in our country is
heart disease. The number three killer is
stroke, another disease of the arteries.
What is so unfortunate about this is that
approximately 70% of these deaths could
have been prevented. Heart disease is a
direct result of what you eat.
So what will it take for you to lose the
weight that you know needs to go? If you
have Type II diabetes, another condition
reversed through superior nutrition, do
you have to wait until you are having a
foot amputated to change your diet? Are
you waiting until you feel the chest pain
associated with heart trouble before you
lay off the fried foods?
You may not get a second chance! Your first
heart attack could also be your last!
Are people so attached to their unhealthy
fatty foods that they are willing to die
for them? Do they really taste that good?
Changing your diet doesnt have to
be the end of your life as you know it.
We werent made to eat the fatty American
diet as it has come to be known. We were
made to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
Whole grains, unprocessed foods, foods that
we can digest, foods that give life instead
of taking it away.
This doesnt mean that you cant
do the 4th of July barbeque or the Thanksgiving
turkey or the Christmas ham. If you ate
fresh whole foods 90% of the time and indulged
only 10% of the time, you would be in control
of what diseases you let into your body!
With all that we know about the effects
of diet on disease, to continue to eat the
typical American diet is nothing short of
suicide on an installment plan. Stop letting
food control your life and cause your death.
Change your habits and take back your health!
Julie Rayburn is a Lifestyle Coach for
Vitality Health and Fitness. Visit http://www.takebackyourhealth.org
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