Not to be punny but the number of people IN THE WORLD who are obese is bigger than the number of people who are overweight. Published in the Lancet, researchers say that 14.9% of women worldwide are obese with an estimated increase to 21% of the population by 2025. In fact, 20% of those obese adults live in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the UK, New Zealand, and of course, the United States. Ugh.
We aren't talking just overweight - we are talking straight up obese.
As a reminder, the Body Mass Index or BMI chart is typically used to determine if someone is of normal weight, overweight or obese. While I understand this model can absolutely be outdated and not reflect a variety of factors such as muscle or bone mass, it's a good starting point. Besides, let's be honest...you know if what you're carrying is "fat" or "muscle." When looking at a BMI, it takes into account only height and weight. For example, a 5'5" woman weighing 190 pounds, a 5'4" woman weighing 175 pounds and a 5'8" woman weighing 199 pounds are all considered obese with a BMI of 30 or 31.
So what can you do?
First, be honest with yourself. It sucks to have a reality check but understanding the difference between a little overweight and obese should hopefully serve as a motivating reason to get your health in check. Weigh yourself and get measurements.
Second, don't diet but plan for a lifestyle change. Evaluate portion sizes, check to see how many vegetables you eat during the day, keep track of all the unnecessary sugar and carbohydrate filled snacks you grab, drink a lot of water, and start moving or switching up your exercise.
Third, enlist help. If you are new to lifestyle changes then talk with a Naturopathic Doctor, Nutritional Counselor, Holistic Dietician or other qualified professional who will talk with you about your needs/goals and not simply follow the outdated food pyramid plan. That pyramid is junk.
Fourth, get some tests run. Consider a blood test for your cholesterol, fasting glucose, fasting insulin, and hemoglobin A1c. Check your hormones and your adrenals with the Dutch test (www.dutchtest.com) in order to see if you could be estrogen dominant or cortisol dominant.
Fifth, don't give up and stop making excuses. I heard something recently that went something like this, "professional athletes don't like going to the gym either. They go because they are focused on the end result."