Many of the people I work with have tummy fat still I hate to talk about it. It’s a thorny and emotive subject, not healthy to obsess about and not healthy to ignore. Expanding waistlines tell a lot about our state of health and is often the looking glass into our future health.
The bottom line is that if you aspire to be energetic, heart healthy and diabetes free yet you continue to have quite a store of fat around your waist you need to do something to shift it in order to give yourself the best chance.
I’m not at all suggesting it’s easy, but like every challenge in life it gets easier and the wins make it so worth it. Jeans become looser, exercise becomes easier, sleep might improve and you might start to feel better about yourself, you might inspire your kids or someone else that needs that inspiration too.
The truth is that by attacking this issue now your life will be so much easier. Risking a heart attack or diabetes diagnosis means you will have no choice to do it under much more difficult circumstances. And taking more medication some of which make it difficult to lose weight. You don’t want to wake up in a hospital bed in a coronary care unit. The amount of times I used to hear patients say “I wish I’d taken my health more seriously” or “I never thought it would happen to me” is what makes me talk about it here. A reminder to both of us!
Our environment is set up to constantly encourage us to keep snacking. Junk food tempts us everywhere we go and they are created to be addictive, to keep you coming back for more. It’s not your fault, it’s their carefully planned strategy and it works. But if you suddenly have blurred eyesight or heart disease because of diabetes those companies will just tell you it’s your own responsibility. They will enjoy the profits from your well spent money while you suffer. Hospitals are full of people with these stories.
If you are struggling with this maybe it’s time to have that look in the mirror and know that there’s never going to a right time so today is the day to start. Start small, start tiny, start huge – start any way you like but make today the day you took the first step to downsizing your tummy.
I love this quote from Dana Carpender, maybe you can identify with it?