Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Overweight

When I came to the U.S., I gained a lot of weight. Thirty pounds, to be exact. In fact, I have become this big that my classmate in high school whom I haven't seen in like five years or probably more, could hardly recognize me when I came to pick her up at Adventura four months ago. She said I looked like I have been taking steroids. Ouch! My ego's hurt.

I admit, I have a problem about my weight. A lot of Filipinos who are now transplanted in the U.S. are faced with the same problem. There are a lot of good food here but they wreck havoc on our bodies. As the saying goes, "a few minutes on the lips, forever on the hips". I also admit that I have acquired a couple of bad nutritional habits since coming here. Back in the Philippines, I was not a soda drinker. Now, I drink a lot. Although I only drink diet and caffeine free soda, still, it contains large amounts of sodium which is not good for the body. I also eat a lot of carbohydrate-rich food and lack regular physical activity which, obviously, are the reasons why I gained this much weight. Back home, I was able to maintain my weight because I was into badminton, bowling and street fighting (which included kickboxing) - and healthy food.

We have been taught that correct diet coupled with exercise is a good way to lose and maintain one's weight. There are also diet supplements available to aid in weight loss. If you go to nutrition stores, you will find different kinds of diet pills, appetite suppressants, fat burners. If you read their labels, they all claim to be the answer to your weight problem. However, before deciding what or whether to buy a diet supplement, you should do some research to know which diet pills that work. Meaning, which ones are safe and effective. Don't forget: caveat emptor.

1 comment:

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Nothing beats reduced food intake and regular exercise to be able to effectively reduce. In order to compensate for the reduce food intake and to suppress one's appretite, one can take a food suppressant in the form of fudges (fortified with multi vitamins and minerals) that can be bought from your nearby healthy options store. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

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