You might be wondering how one can possibly be lucky to be overweight. If you are overweight and happy with your body image then I completely respect you, no “fat-shaming” whatsoever. I wanted to write this article in response to the many people, like myself, who “easily gain weight”. Do you have friends who can go through Nutella jars and still look skinny and lean? So do I. I want to explain to you why you’re better off gaining weight when eating unhealthy. First let us lay out some “ReDirect Principles”:
Principle 1: Always Focus on the Positive not the Negative
If having an unhealthy lifestyle is a problem then gaining weight is only a symptom. Look at the positive side: How would you feel if you had a serious disease but no symptoms? You wouldn’t be able to treat it. If you experience the smallest symptoms whenever you have a disease, you will do your best to treat it. So wouldn’t you want to know if there is a problem?
Principle 2: Treat the Problem not the Symptoms
Those who live an unhealthy lifestyle but don’t gain weight are asymptomatic. This is unfortunate because they don’t realize they are brewing up problems within their body in the long run. It is very possible for a person with a normal body weight to have a ton of health issues because of their lifestyle. I have seen normal-weight clients who suffered from high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and even cancer and the one thing they always say is: “I don’t understand why this happened, I was never overweight”.
Principle 3: Live a Healthy Lifestyle and the Weight Will Follow
Gaining weight is your body’s natural way of saying, “hey, watch out, you’re walking a dangerous path”. Don’t be embarrassed of it, embrace it and use it to pay attention to the real problem: your lifestyle. Once you live a healthier lifestyle, your body will settle at a healthy weight. Treat your lifestyle, not your weight.
Principle 4: The End Goal is to Better Ourselves, Health and Character Wise
Positive people see life from a different lens. They focus on the positive and use it to better themselves. If you climb the positive ladder you will be a healthier and better person. It is possible to start focusing on the positive if you put in the effort and have patience. Applying this to being overweight will be as simple as focusing on your lifestyle and being patient about your weight. Dietitians specialize in developing healthy and positive lifestyles that last forever and that is the only way to maintain a good weight.
So if you are overweight & positive, you will see it as a wake up call, develop a healthier lifestyle and end up living a better life down the road. Enjoy the process of reaching your goal.
And if you are the type that barely gains weight no matter what you eat, remember that: “Nutrition can prevent what medicine cannot cure” ;). Everyone needs to live a healthy lifestyle! Start today.
I hope this gets you motivated!
Mohamed Rezk, RD