Posted by: Nel | 2009-04-02

Obese and scared

I have realized for a long time now that I am obese but always have ignored it
Today I used the healthy weight calculator and to my disgust realized that I would have to lose a whole person to be my ideal weight and now that' s overwhelming
I weigh 105 and would need to lose 55kg. The only problem is that I can' t afford to it.
Healthy food is expensive - judging from the eating plans I' ve seen, I can' t afford to go the gym nor buy the some of the equipment (like dumbbells etc) and I know i can definitely not afford to go for surgery.
i know all these are excuses - that I don' t need expensive gym equipment to exercise, walking would suffice but I need guidance and motivation
Can you help?

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Dear Nel
You do not need to spend lots of money on expensive foods and gyms to lose weight. You can use an energy-reduced, low-fat, high-fibre diet (click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet’ and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of such a diet) which is not based on expensive food choices, and increase your energy output by doing regular exercise (running, jogging, skipping, cycling, swimming) for 30 min a day. Start off by sticking to your diet and going for a gentle walk for half an hour a day. As you get fitter and lose weight you can increase how fast and far you walk in the 30 min. You can then also buy a skipping rope for a few Rand and increase your energy output by skipping for 30 min every second day.
Every journey start with a single step, so take your first step now.

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