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I'm Obese. When Is It Time To Get Help?

Are you struggling with obesity? Have you tried to lose weight and just can't seem to make it happen? First, it's important to know that you're not alone. Losing weight is a challenge. The good news is that there are numerous resources to help you manage weight loss and obesity. Here's how to know when it's time to get help managing your obesity.

#1 You don't know where to start.

It's easy to know you need to lose weight. It's not so easy to know how to begin losing the weight. If you feel overwhelmed or would just like some guidance then it's time to get help. Look into meeting with a nutritionist and a personal trainer. Make sure both experts have experience working with obesity and the related health concerns.

#2 You have a plan to lose weight and exercise – you just can't seem to stick to it.

If this is you then chances are your plan isn't customized for your personality and basic needs. The best way to achieve big goals is to take baby steps to get there. Small steps are easier to accomplish. Consider seeking help modifying your weight loss plan.

You don't have to lose all your weight at once. A pound a week is a great start. Over the course of a year that's 52 pounds so it adds up too. Consider consulting a coach to help you create a weight loss plan that makes sense for you.

#3 You hate to exercise.

Okay, so for many exercise is a bad word. This is common and it's easy to overcome. Consider changing your mindset. Instead of 'exercise' call it 'activity'. Find an activity you enjoy. Perhaps you like to bird watch. Going on a weekly bird watching walk is great exercise. Perhaps you like to swim or dance.

Sign up for a dance class or get a pass to your local pool. Exercise doesn't mean you have to lift weights and run a marathon. Start by doing something that you love. Get help managing your fitness by exercising with friends. Find an instructor that makes you laugh. Make sure you're having fun and exercise won't feel like exercise.

#4 You're on your own without much support.

It's tough to lose weight without the support of others. If you don't have a support system at home go out and find one. Join a group online. There are many obesity and weight loss support groups. There are also fun sites where you can network with others who are trying to lose weight too. You can support each other to succeed.

Join a group offline. Your community likely has several weight loss programs or fitness clubs. Join one that is designed to help you meet your needs.

#5 You're dealing with emotional issues.

Often, obesity is caused by or triggers emotional issues. Many people eat because they're unhappy. If you're struggling with the emotions of obesity or past traumas consider getting therapy. Once you're able to come to terms with your emotions you can begin to control your eating habits. You can live a happy, healthy and fulfilling life.

Managing obesity is difficult. You don't have to go it alone. Look for support. Find programs and system that work for you. And remember, you're not alone with your obesity. Many people all around the world are going through the same struggles. Find those people and connect.

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