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Finding the Beauty Within While Dieting

There seems to be one universal truth when it comes to dieting. No one really enjoys the process though we all eagerly await and anticipate the results. The problem is that far too many men and women around the world focus so much on dieting and perfecting their external beauty that they forget the beautiful people they are inside along the way. Our culture is becoming obsessive about the perfect body and the perfect body image.

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If there was one message that should make it out to everyone dieting it is this: dieting should be more about health than beauty. You should not need to conform to some preconceived notion of what is or should be beautiful. If we create a world where everyone looks like it would be rather boring in the end.

You need to focus on being happy with who you are in order to achieve the greatest dieting success you will have ever dared dream. Many of us eat out of emotional need or a simple need for comfort when we are depressed, hurting, uncertain, or simply in unfamiliar territory. There is no solution that will work for everyone when it comes to making peace with who you are and this by no means indicates that you should no longer seek to be the healthiest you there is. It simply means that your focus should be more on coming to terms with who you are as a person than on creating a new person or imagine behind which you can hide.

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Dieting for the most part is an opportunity for many men and women to become someone else. Whether that someone is the person you used to be or some person you think you want to be, you are quite unlikely find happiness at any weight until you accept you for the person you are inside. This is often a difficult process but one that is well worth the effort. Once you’ve accepted the person inside you can address the specific needs that often lead to the excess weight to begin with. Depression is a common factor in weight gain as well as an inability to lose weight. By finding contentment depression will no longer a controlling factor in you life. For many, this is the freedom they need from their weight problems while others will find there are still hurdles remaining.

The important thing is that you stop allowing the person you are to be defined by what the scales say about you. Once you’ve reached a point in your life where you are happy with your appearance and feel that your personal fitness level is in hand you should discuss things with your doctor and see what he or she has to say. We do not need a nation of size 5 women. We need a nation of women who are self-aware and self-confident and not afraid to be who they are on the inside regardless of how they look on the outside.

Yes, changing your mindset about food and weight control can help you to lose weight.

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What you need to realize includes the following:

  • You eat to live, not live to eat
  • Almost anyone can become overweight by being slightly out of caloric balance
  • There appear to be no magic diets for losing weight
  • There appear to be no safe magic pills or effortless approaches to losing weight
  • Maintaining a healthy weight in the modern age in which we get far less exercise and where unhealthy food is so readily available takes some effort.

Then, you have to go from thinking about improving your weight to healthy eating and exercise habits that will put you into caloric deficit.

Doing 300 calories a day better will result in a loss of 10 pounds in about 4 months (more than 31 pounds in a year). Going much faster than that, however, is generally probably not a good idea since radical approaches are almost impossible to maintain. You also don’t want the fat-soluble vitamins and other substances stored in your fat to be released too quickly, as that can be dangerous.

If you maintain your healthy habits, you will stay at a good weight for decades, as I have. Here’s how you can do it.

Finding the beauty within is often the most important aspect of dieting that there can be. Take the time while dieting to get to know the person you are and introduce that person to the person you want to be. In time the two will work out a healthy compromise and you will find that image isn’t really everything no matter what the glossy magazines try to tell you.

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