'I'm 210 lbs and counting'

All Woman

Dear Donovan,

Could you please tell me how to control my diet? I am 30 years old and weigh 210 pounds, and am five feet, four inches tall. I eat a lot and can't control myself because I am always hungry. Is there any thing that I can take that is available on the market that would help me lose the weight? I have a lot of belly fat that I gained since I had my first child. I am awaiting your advice. Please keep up the good work and God bless you.

Good day,

This is a new year and it's a good time to make certain changes. As far as your weight goes, you will have to be resolute about losing it and be prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve this goal. It will not be easy, but many people have done this before and so I know it can be done.

Your weight-loss programme will have to start in your mind and you will have to decide why you need to lose weight. There are a number of factors to consider such as is it worth your health, your general looks, how your clothes fit you and a combination of these factors? In a nutshell, the need to lose weight must be greater than your desire to overeat, otherwise, you are wasting your time.

Once your mind is made up, you are going to have to make some changes in your eating habits and your exercise/activities. In order to lose weight, you are going to have to reduce your food/calorie intake. You can do this by:

1. Having smaller, more frequent meals.

2. Do not wait until you are hungry before eating.

3. Drink one to two glasses of water before meals.

4. Do not shop when you are hungry.

5. Use a smaller plate when eating and do not go for seconds.

6. Do not buy snacks and foods for yourself which you do not intend to eat.

7. If you have unhealthy snacks at home, keep them out of sight.

8. Prepare your own meals if possible.

9. Try to avoid emotional situations that trigger your eating habits.

It is very important that you control your appetite.

When you feel the need to overeat, wait for 15 minutes and see if you are still hungry. If you are not, then it could just be that you are eating out of habit.

There are many appetite suppressants on the market, however, developing appetite control naturally is also important. If you should stop taking the appetite suppressants, for example, then you will just go back to where you started.

In addition to reducing your calories, try not to eat too late at nights. Doing an exercise programme or increasing your activity level is a good way to burn extra calories. However, exercise can make you feel hungry, so you will have to 'exercise' some discipline. If you exercise in the evening, you should not be going out to have extra large meals. Making steady and gradual changes in your lifestyle is the best thing going forward.

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