Sunday, 4 November 2012

Why Sensa Makes Sense for Me

By Jay Steiner


As the mother of a 14 year old teenager, I am reminded of how hard I was on myself, and how easy it was to suffer from low confidence and self-esteem issues as an adolescent. I was never overweight as a teenager, but I was never happy with my weight either. For that matter, I wasn't happy with my hair, skin, nose, clothes or pretty much anything about myself. Now at 43, I am always self-confident, and I feel much better about my appearance. Maybe it is just one of the benefits of maturity, or maybe it is because achievements in my personal and professional life matter more than obsessing over my looks. As a result, I think I look great, even though I have put on a lot of weight.

But this healthy attitude will only get you so far, and unfortunately, this attitude has helped get me far onto the overweight charts. Well, that and long work hours that have forced me to give up karate and take up stress eating.

My doctor has good reason to recommend that I lose weight. You see, excessive weight is associated with large number of health risks. Let's look at just the top 3:

*Heart Disease: Heart disease is number uno when it comes to cause of death in the US. Excess weight can give you bad cholesterol levels which can cause heart attack. *Cancer: Coming up number 2 in cause of death is cancer. Gaining weight in later life makes you more likely get various cancers, including as colon and kidney cancer. If you are an overweight woman, you are also more likely to get uterine cancer and breast cancer. *Stroke: Third place in the biggest killers in the United States is stroke. High blood pressure can cause stroke, and overweight people tend to have high blood pressure. *Type 2 Diabetes: Weighing in as the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, Type 2 diabetes also leads directly to killers such as heart and kidney disease and stroke. The fact is, almost all people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, and getting rid of the excess weight will get rid of the diabetes in the majority of people. Avoiding blindness and amputation is another bonus.

*Type 2 Diabetes: Weighing in as the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, Type 2 diabetes also leads directly to killers such as heart and kidney disease and stroke. The fact is, almost all people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, and getting rid of the excess weight will get rid of the diabetes in the majority of people. *Stroke: Stroke is the 3rd biggest killer in the United States. High blood pressure can cause stroke, and overweight people tend to have high blood pressure. *Cancer: The #2 cause of death in the United States is cancer. Weight gain in adult life makes you far more likely to develop many different kinds of cancer, such as colon and kidney cancer. Being overweight also puts women at a higher risk of uterine cancer and breast cancer. *Heart Disease: The #1 cause of death in the United States is heart disease. Overweight people are at a higher risk for heart attack because obesity can cause not only high blood pressure, but also unhealthy cholesterol, two big factors that can lead to a heart attack.

I have a whole year until my next annual check-up. Can I lose that 30 pounds in one year? That's barely more than half a pound a week (which, by the way, is considered a healthy amount to lose weight and avoid the gallbladder disease that can come with crash diets). This is something that most people can do with modest changes to diet and a little bit of extra exercise (which is good for you in many other ways too.) But this might very well not work for me. As I said, there have been increasing demands on my time. My job has me working more hours, and my teenager keeps me busy with all of her extra-curricular activities. Sadly, in what little time I have for myself, the thing I like to do most is eat. That's the Sensa diet plan makes the most sense for me. What is Sensa? Sensa is a diet plan created to help me get more satisfaction out of smaller amounts of food, so that I don't feel like I need to eat so much. I've read reviews on Sensa, and I am convinced that it is convenient and easy and doesn't require that I have to buy special foods or avoid restaurants: perfect for my increasingly busy life style.




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