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When you're overweight, you might feel that there is no point in trying to get healthy because you don't have the energy to do the things that you enjoy. You might think that there's no point in eating the right foods because there won't be any change in your weight. Those who are overweight tend to have emotional or physical reasons as to why they can't lose the pounds or why they overeat in the first place. There are several reasons for being overweight, but there are also several ways that you can get healthy once again.

Food And More
One of the first things that you need to do if you're overweight is to change your eating and drinking habits. Visit your physician or a nutritionist and set a daily caloric intake goal that you realistically think you can meet. This will likely be a drastic decrease in the number of calories that you consume. However, once you start limiting the number of calories that you consume, you will see that the weight will begin to come off very quickly. You also need to avoid soft drinks and stick with drinking water as this will help to flush out the body and maintain healthy cells. Make protein your friend as this will turn to energy instead of eating a lot of carbohydrates that will simply turn to sugar and fat in the body.

Weight Loss Surgery
After you have learned how to manage what you eat and understand the importance of your health, you can talk to a weight loss surgeon about whether or not is is recommended that you need a gastric bypass or a gastric sleeve. This will depend on your doctor and your health assessment. Both procedures will shrink the size of the stomach. The procedure will make it possible to feel full faster after eating, resulting in fewer calories that are introduced to the body. Find a hospital that offers exceptional patient care, such as having adequate Hospital TV systems and patient technology, as your surgery will be one that is life changing.

Small Steps
Start with small steps when it comes to exercising. Sitting in a chair and reaching the toes, stretching the arms over the head or even walking laps around the house will give you some kind of movement. It's important to move as much as you can, especially after weight loss surgery so that blood clots don't develop. When you move, the blood circulates. Oxygen also circulates around the body, which can help to deliver the fuel that the cells need to have more energy. Once you start exercising, you'll find that you have more energy to move more. Soon, you'll be able to walk longer distances and increase the amount of weight that you lose so that you burn more calories.

Keep Pictures
Take a picture on the first day of your weight loss journey. Each week, take a new picture. If you can see how far you've come from where you started, then you'll have the motivation to continue with exercising and eating healthy. You could also keep a few smaller pieces of clothing, even if they are only a size smaller, to give you the motivation that you need to lose weight. Keep a photo diary of the foods that you eat that are healthy and that make you feel good so that you can enjoy them again.

Losing weight and getting healthy can be difficult. It won't happen overnight, and it might even take several months to accomplish. Once you start seeing a change, then you'll know that the results are worth every lost pound.

About the Author:
Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

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