Should being overweight or obese be considered a chronic condition? A chronic medical condition like diabetes, dyslipidemia, or multiple sclerosis is a condition that lasts a long time, maybe even for a person’s whole lifetime. Being overweight or obese usually lasts a long time, certainly over the three-month minimum set for chronic conditions by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Yet being overweight or obese is usually considered a contributing factor to a chronic condition and not the chronic condition itself.
If obesity or overweight is a chronic condition, here are some things you must consider. You will have to be ready for the long haul. You will need to develop what it will take for you to keep on keeping on. Problem solving is a must so you can deal with obstacles you encounter, making sure these obstacles don’t deter you from your goal or cause you to give up entirely. Among all else, you’ll have to learn how to maintain progress and prevent relapse.
Can you do all of this? You probably can’t at first. It’s best then to start with an action plan that is short-term. Make a plan that is well within your grasp. Nothing fancy. Nothing unrealistic. Make a very specific plan, one that you are confident of keeping. For losing weight, select some small goals that you can bring about in a day, maybe two days, or a week, if you are confident a week is within your grasp. Just to be sure you are being realistically confident, you can gage your confidence by a 0 to 10 point scale, where 0 is having no confidence to 10, you are totally confident. Apply this confidence measure, for example, to a plan where you will eat only at meal times with no snacks at other times on Monday and Tuesday of this week. See how this works for you and then go on from there.
If being overweight or being obese is a chronic condition, it doesn’t mean it has to stay a chronic condition. For more information on how to be a chronic overweight or obesity buster, please go to The Reading Room and the White Paper, both of which are in the left-hand column of this blog at MariasLastDiet.com. Or, if you want to have an actual book or an e-book to read through and refer to, check out the weight loss books for women section on the right-hand side of this blog.
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