Introduction to Common Sense Weight Loss Tips

This is something I've been wanting to do for quite some time now, and that is to share with you my "secrets" for keeping my weight down and how those same ideas can help you get your weight under control and possibly help you achieve your ideal body weight for optimal appearance and health. The time to get my message out to the public has never been more called for than now with all the "super-sizing" and extra large portions at almost every restaurant, and the overwhelming number of overweight and obese men, women and children out there. It never ceases to amaze me! It almost seems that everyone in America is overweight and don't have a clue what to do about it even with all the diets and weight loss programs being pitched every where you turn. It has truly become a problem of epic proportions, so to speak. This is a pandemic that is destroying the health and well being of an entire nation. I don't think anyone can doubt the long term detrimental effects to one's body that carrying too much weight over long periods of time brings. Type 2 Diabetes is the first thing that comes to mind. This is a terrible disease that not only shortens life spans but causes a great deal of suffering, not the least of which is kidney failure and then having to go on dialysis three times a week for four to five hours at a time for the rest of your life or until you hit the life-lottery and get a kidney transplant.

So what makes me qualified to give people advice on how to keep their weight down? Well, I've been around for about 63 years now and have kept my weight under control for most of my adult life, despite having a reputation for being able to really to "put away some groceries". I know what you're thinking, that I'm just one of those lucky or blessed individuals who can eat to their heart's content without ever any concern about gaining weight. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I was overweight as a child and that was strictly due to a forced inactivity from a knee injury because the "bone specialist" at the time told me to keep my leg propped up to allow my knee to heal itself. It never did heal and causes me some mild pain to this day. Guess what I did while I was resting my knee and allowing it to "heal"? You got it, baby. Chowin down! You see I am second generation Italian, and my mother, God rest her soul, was a great cook and there was always plenty of great Italian eats in the "fridge" plus all the other "snacks" that my dad would bring home from the store for his two sons to "mangia". Believe me, I did. It was like a competition who could eat most of the goodies between me and my younger brother. The only difference was he was not forced to be inactive and ran it off, but me, I just packed it in and packed it on. I got noticeably plump and the thing I regret the most even to this day is I acquired a "la panza". You know, a gut, or paunch or whatever uncomplimentary name you can think of for such a preponderance. I remember reading a book by the creator of the "Custom Shop" stores for men, Mortimer something, that once you get a gut it is well nigh impossible to get rid of. When I read that I said, amen, Mort, you know where of you speak. For me anyway it has been an intractable addition and remains with me, although I have managed to shrink the size of it considerably just from watching my intake.

Intake. That is what a large part of this log will cover, because that is where it all starts. Does it not? I never went on any diet or counted calories or any of that stuff designed to drive you stark raving mad, and that's why I am calling these ramblings Common Sense Weight Loss Tips. That is what it has been for me, just common sense. I could never adhere to one of those diets or professional weight loss programs. I'm not saying they don't work, but that they're just not right for me. I believe from experience that self-control and wise food choices are the key to maintaining a proper body weight. That you don't have to deny your self anything. You just have to be sensible about it, and I think I can give you some ways to do just that with my Tips and coming posts. So if you agree with me on that, I look forward to sharing with you my thoughts on how best to achieve your ideal body weight by using good old common sense.

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