Among the first-timers are women who notice small to moderate weight gain with the onset of menopause. The extra weight isn't a problem, and they want to make sure it doesn't become one. They feel like there are certain things that they can do now to lose some weight and avoid a lot of weight gain in the future. And they're right.
Some men meet their first challenge with weight gain just as they're reaching middle age. That's to be expected. Metabolism changes as we get older, and the food that we consume doesn't get burned up as quickly. Even if our eating habits don't change, it's easy to put on a few poundsand much harder to take them off. In fact, by the time you're a mature adult, you need 100 fewer daily calories than you needed when you were growing up.
Some people who have never had weight problems in the past find that a new medication can have side effects. People often gain weight if they start taking drugs that contain steroids. And some people gain weight when they have hormone therapy or take psychotropic medications such as antidepressants.
Other factors that can cause weight gain? Maybe you've put on a few pounds because you've started traveling for business a lot more than you used to. Or perhaps you have young children who tie you to the home front and kitchen much more than you used to be. Working odd shifts, changing jobs, or going through a relocation can also initiate weight gain.
The Quick-Fix Lure
For anyone who starts to put on weight, a gimmick diet might appear to offer a quick fix. My advice: Stay away from those diets.
You need practical, easy-to-understand advice to make some healthful and easy adjustments in the way you choose food. With my program, you can continue to eat real food, and you don't have to follow a set routine of eating a certain amount at a particular time. Also, you don't have to deal with control and deprivation. While you're eating healthier foodfor some people, the best food they've ever had in their livesyou'll also be controlling your weight, as long as you have Food Awareness Training to guide the hand that feeds you.
With Food Awareness Training, you can pick up knowledge of your food choices with minimum effort. This book presents that kind of information in a memorable and easy-to-understand way. You can start to develop automatic eating habits that will help you for the rest of your life.
Reprinted from Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss: The Visual Program for Permanent Weight Loss by Dr. Howard M. Shapiro, Copyright 2000. Permission granted by Rodale, Emmaus, PA 18098. Available wherever books are sold or directly from the publisher by calling (800)848-4735 or visit Rodale's website at www.rodalestore.com.
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