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Tip For The Day - Weight Loss Group Observations

Updated on September 5, 2014

Who wants to lose unhealthy weight? What is holding them back from doing so?

Survey says:

1. Self-discipline issues

2. Medical issues

3. Psychological issues

4. Lack of support

5. Combinations of these.


Online Weight Loss Group Characteristics....

Sharing things in common an online weight loss group I led had these things in common:

1. We were either heavier than our ideal weight, or anxious to help others who were, or a combination of both.

2. We were fired up to prevent or lose extra weight.

3. Most participants had been there, done that, and failed.

4. Group members were typically under periodic or sustained stress. And,

5. In too many cases previous failures to reach our goals were self-induced from going to high energy, sugary foods for comfort and becoming addicted to America's drug of choice: sugars.

That some of the failings had been self-induced was typically the result of two factors:

(a) participants were good at using tableware and drinking out of straws, cups, and glasses....sometimes "super sized," and

(b) participants tended to be poor at choosing what they stocked their cupboards and refrigerators with.

What it all added up to....

Having been there, done that, and failed, was not a problem unless it made it easier to accept future failures, including failing in the current efforts.

That stress was a common reason for failing is understandable. We know that stress commonly depletes the body's supply of the B vitamins, leaving us with lots of day left and no B's in our bonnet.

I won't recount all the functions the B vitamins play in good health. You can find all that on the internet, at the library, or by asking your pharmacist, health store staff, or medical professional for some pamphlets. I will mention that the B vitamins are critical to over 60 enzyme processes in the body, are critical to meeting your metabolism, energy needs, and to managing choleseterol and blood sugar levels.

In short, if you live with elevated stress, then elevate your intake of B vitamins or food sources of B vitamins.

Just as your body depends on you to meet its essential nutrient needs, it also depends on you to use its lymphatic and muscular-skeletal systems so those systems can work for you. That's where 30 minutes of beneficial (weight bearing) movement and adequate hydration (water) come into the picture. Those are essential to the health of those two systems and to the rest of our body.

What did the online weight loss group members really have in common?

---We were all driving the same body. Granted some of those bodies had special medical needs and limitations, but just like there are all kinds of body owners, there are all kinds of car owners. Some make good efforts to meet their body's needs, while others provide poor fuel, poor checkups, poor maintenance, and wonder why it wears out faster than their neighbor's.

How are you driving yours? Stress? Buying lousy fuel? No checkup lately? Poor start up? Poor mileage with lots of troubles along the way? It isn't good enough to just know how you ought to drive , and what a good maintenance schedule looks like, if you won't be a good steward of your body (which I believe is a gift from a loving Heavenly Father.) If you won't, you have no claim on its superior performance.

Thankfully, the reverse is also true. If you will be a good steward, you have a right to ask that your body serve you fully, just as you serve it.

Barring special circumstances and limitations, for the vast majority of us that is the way it works.

The choice is simple: good steward?....or poor steward?

We are each the steward for our own body. The choice is one that only we can make.

Being a good dairy farmer requires a routine. Essential tasks are done every day, week in, week out, month after month, year after year. Being a good steward in our key stewardship, means there are essential tasks that we must do every day, week in, week out, month after month, year after year.

Not everyone has the self-discipline to be a good dairy farmer, and not everyone has the self-discipline to be a good steward for their own body.

Unfortunately, until you and I land in an assisted living center, or become small children again, there is no one who is going to be a good steward for us, and you and I are the only stewards our bodies have.

Good steward?....poor steward? The results will show our answers to that question, and it works that way whether we are members of a supportive "buddy system," weight loss group, or doing it pretty much on our own.


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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Mel Carriere - Ours on aol was the "Takes It Off" Group and was very helpful to all involved. Another similar one has been mentioned and is called "Share Your Health."

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      I'm not much of a steward for my body, I have to confess. I grew up eating a fatty country diet and now it's hard to switch over to rabbit food. I think support groups are probably good. Great hub.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thanks for stopping by for some serious thinking about halthy weight loss. If the saying is true that says "The thought is mother to the deed," you are on your way with a good start. If you were already underway, I hope this adds to your knowledge of what works, and to your ultimate success in achieving and maintaining your helathy weight.