Over the years, I have seen various types of people who always want to lose weight. I have been most of them myself, so, the feeling and emotion to each type is quite relatable.
Sometimes, it’s sad that people do not understand the need to lose weight in order to stay fit and healthy because now it is ridiculously confused with body shaming.
Body shaming is merely the act of making fun, mocking or shaming another person’s physical appearance, size or looks. If someone is genuinely concerned about your health, try and understand if your lifestyle needs a change or not and act accordingly. Ideally, you should visit the doctor as little as possible. If you are a regular visitor, you should try and get to the bottom of your ailment and adjust your habits. In other words, if someone is not making fun of you in any way, try not to dismiss their words as sheer ‘body shaming’.
Anyway, coming back to the types of people who want to lose weight:
These are the ones who are always waiting for the right time to start doing something about their diet. They are always waiting for the right time or an auspicious day to start working out. In the middle of the month, they wait to start on the 1st of next month. On the 1st of next month, they wait to start on a Monday, the first day of the next week. On Monday, they decide that the 1st of next month would be the turning point in their lives. For a long time, I would procrastinate just like this, but then, realization struck and I began watching my diet from the very next day.
These are the people who have visited the doctor umpteen times but will listen only to the medication part of it. They believe that while they sit on their backsides staring at the television, the medicines are enough to cure them. The doctor’s other orders to ‘exercise’, ‘eat healthily’ and ‘stop eating junk’ are conveniently ignored. My distant relative was just like this. She preferred taking a million tablets per day but she would eat all that she wasn’t supposed to while she sat and waited for some magic to happen. Sadly, it never did.
These are the smart and well-educated ones who know exactly how the body functions. They know the ins and outs of the ‘fit and healthy’ lifestyle. Yet, they will choose to ignore all their knowledge and believe that their minor ailments are excuses enough not to take care of themselves. They display their determination to lose weight as well as give their excuses not to implement it. I kept giving myself the excuse of having a baby, but then I told myself one day that it was enough! I had to lose the flab!
These are the ones who, after getting severe discomfitures, have realized that it is time to lose weight with the motto ‘better late than never’. The realizations may have dawned on them due to a sudden visit to the doctor or a long-time ailment that wasn’t curable. I hadn’t visited the doctor, but I did realize that it was time for me to lose weight when I was dancing on stage and felt that my fat was wobbling out of tune.
These are the ones who are determined no matter what. They will make it a point to exercise at every opportunity that comes their way. They will make sure they eat right and resist the food that is unhealthy. They will take part in everything to keep their bodies working and also encourage others to do the same. Right now, I believe I have almost reached this stage but there is still chance for a lot of improvement.
These people do not believe in losing weight. They have accepted their sizes, looks, aches and pains as a part and parcel of growing older. They believe that growing in size can be blamed on the fact that their age is increasing. They also honestly believe that others, who are huge, though young, have some acceptable defect due to which they cannot lose weight. It’s a mindset you cannot change.
While on brisk walks every day, conversations, with the walking partners, always strike the mind for a good blog. Though the above categorizations are true, I hope it has tickled your funny bones and brought a smile upon your face.
Having said that, if you believe that you are genetically obese, consult a doctor to identify how you can go about living a healthy lifestyle. There are very few cases where obesity may not be curable, but mostly there is always a cure. Let us all adapt to a healthy lifestyle so that doctors don’t simply get richer every minute of every day. (Sorry, doctor friends, but I’m sure you are with me on this!)
By the way, which of the above do you think you are?
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