“Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing rates in adults and children.” Since 2013, obesity was classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. In 1997, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized obesity as a global epidemic. “More than 35% of U.S. adults are obese, and more than 34% are overweight.” The rate of body fat is the difference between obesity and overweight. “Nearly 32% of children and adolescents are either overweight or obese.” That, ladies and gentlemen, is up three times from just one generation ago.
Wow! That is some astonishing information. However, the great news here is that it’s fixable, as my mom says. So, lets look at the positive twist on this rather than the negative. How can I say that you ask? Preventable is the key word in the opening statement, that’s how. Does it take strength and will power? But of course! Is it in you to start anew? I know it is! To begin, though, we need to grasp the memory of the days when weight was not a problem. The weight didn’t come on overnight and I can promise you with 100% assurance that the weight will not fall off over night either.
When God created the incredible YOU, He instilled an on and off switch of sorts, that lets you know that you are full when eating. You were born with it so “the switch” is still very much a part of you whether you know that or not. Somewhere along your life’s journey, you came to ignore that helpful switch and headed off on your own. So now, you find yourself looking for the directions back to where the switch ruled your eating habits and a guide to help you along the way. Well, here is your guide!
O·be·si·ty, noun, a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health.
A hundred mile journey starts with the first step, so the saying goes. This is a great first step and a healthy one at that. It is proven that a healthy diet loaded with fruits and vegetables is the key to a lifetime of health and disease fighting agents. Exercise alone will not help you loose weight! Your body is the most awesome machine ever created and just like your car, it can’t run on a supplement or without proper fuel. The combination of great fuel and heart healthy, fat burning, exercise still takes the prize when losing weight. Walking is the key to this Plan as far as exercise goes. (Checking with your doctor to do more than that is necessary and important, so please take the time to do so.) Getting started is easy. It is all right here before you in this book. No magic pill, no secret ingredient, just you, this book, and the desire to grasp what God has placed before you. Your chance at a healthier lifestyle with a lifetime of rewards awaits you!
This is not a dress rehearsal and there’s no chance in the world you can undo the past. But you can grab the moment and take it on right now! Remember how awesome you are! Knowing that YOU can do this, and that our Lord is holding your hand through this journey and always, is all you need to know to succeed. So let’s go!
“You’re braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, and Smarter than you think.”Christopher Robin