Feeling light is great. Walking around and feeling like you have a tire around your waist is unhealthy, annoying, time consuming, depressing, all while serving as one big monkey on your back. People who are obese and overweight think about how heavy they are at least 10 times a day and become psychologically overwhelmed by their weight being such a significant burden in their lives. However, there is some silver lining even for those who are very overweight and think that it would be irrational to even think they had a chance to lose weight. Well, here it is, here is the million dollar silver lining for you. BEING FAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN CONTROL. You create your own reality. Being fat is something that can change. Want to try a neat trick that will fix your weight issues? Eat a bowl of Raisin Bran in the morning when you wake up, an apple and salad for lunch (eat peanuts for protein or mix chicken/fish/red meat in salad) and when you eat dinner…have something as simple as chicken breast or tuna fish. Additionally, make sure you exercise for AT LEAST 30 MINUTES A DAY EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK. That is it. That's the neat trick. That’s all you have to do. Following that fitness and diet regimen for a year will get rid of your fat problems. Let’s look at what we can do to lose weight a little bit more in depth. Being overwhelmed by the variance in life can lead to unhealthy eating habits that can ultimately bog you down and bring your life to a standstill. Let's face it, a lot of us feel stuck in the mud when it comes to our exercise routines. But health and fitness matter, more than any of your other hobbies. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to make health and fitness a big part of your life. Think about that for a second; are health and fitness a part of your life? When is the last time you exercised three times in a week? When is the last time you exercised at all? People normally do not care about the long term. For example, if you were to ask someone if they would like 50 dollars today, or 75$ in a month, they would most likely respond by saying they would like the 50$ right now. Do they even realize that they would be receiving 50% more money in a month? No. Most people are so fascinated with the here and now that they have no consideration for future events. How does this tie into our health you ask? Because this is how we treat our body. We do not think about, want to think about, and some are not even capable of thinking about,  how our actions at that moment will affect our well being further down the line. Eating poorly does not result in immediate problems, therefore we do not think what we are doing is that bad. Eating bacon cheddar cheese fries laced with grease, salt and oil really is not going to hurt you immediately. You may feel lethargic as a result of eating the fries, but it’s not like the next time you look at yourself in the mirror you appear fatter with pimples. If this were the case, the majority of people would not maintain their poor eating habits. Results tend to show up later in life from eating poorly and that is the main reason we think it is natural to eat like we are hungry hippopotamuses. The human liver can be used as another example. Most people fully understand how important having a healthy liver is for their health, but since most people see their liver as something in the distant future, they don’t care too much about it. Previously I gave you an example and used $50 and $75 as the variables in the hypothetical situation of someone offering you either $50 now, or $75 in a month. In real life, the variables are your kidneys, your ears and eyes and lungs. Would people smoke cigarettes if they were likely to get cancer the next day? Probably not. But people are still expected to get lung cancer as a result of smoking cigarettes, but since that problem is expected to come further down the line, people neglect it and only worry about the immediate damage smoking does to their body. Once again, if you if one were to look in the mirror before smoking a cigarette and look in the mirror right after, they would not notice much of a difference. On the other hand, if that same person were to look at themselves in the mirror before having ever smoked a cigarette after 5 years and there would be a considerable and noticeable difference in their appearance. Explanations range from A to Z as to why people do not show a connection with the future and let impulsive sensations overwhelm them in the moment. Peoples inability to recognize the future results of their actions lead to things as sci-fi as 500 pound human beings who are less than 6 feet tall. Entire bodies bogged down from head to toe as a direct result of human beings being unable to have an awareness of the consequences waiting around the corner from their actions. A gross statistic highlighting and underlining the thesis of this blog, is that 33%, or 1 out of every 3 adults in the US are obese! Unfortunately, there is not too much silver lining in that statistic. One positive is that there are numerous ways to change your life for the better and take your body from hell to heaven. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are very helpful for staying lean and trim. If you can create an exercise plan and make sure you spend at least 30 minutes a day on strength and cardio exercises, you will do wonders for your body and mind. People think that working out is all physical but nothing could be further from the truth. When we wake up at 8am on a Sunday, lifting weights, squats, running miles, using the Elliptical for an hour of Cross-Training, crunches, stretching, and busting our butts, is not what most of us want to do. Psychologically, many of us are not ready for heavy lifting and intense cardiovascular exercise when we hop out of bed in the morning. People love to wake up and drink a nice sweet drink, scarf down strips of delicious bacon and read the newspaper. If those representing the 1/3 of the population that is obese decided to exercise for at least 30 minutes every morning, do you think they would still be overweight? Probably not….it is pretty safe to say that those who stick to a daily exercise routine will benefit physically, psychologically, socially and professionally. According to the numbers, we just do not have the determination and heart that is needed to maintain an effective exercise plan and if we did; one third of all US citizens would not be overweight.