Dieting and Struggling With Weight

You’ll probably see me write about this quite a bit, but I have struggled with my weight most of my life. From birth to second grade I was naturally thin. I didn’t think about my weight, and I wasn’t one of the “fat kids” in school. However, by third grade, I started getting pudgy, until in 5th grade I was certified chunky. I wasn’t one of the “fat kids” but I was pretty darn close. What is funny is that I often wondered “why did it start in third grade?” Recently I realized that is when we got our Nintendo, and it went downhill from there!

By the time I got to junior high I naturally lost weight because of a growth spurt, but I still had to struggle with my weight into high school. However, struggling with my weight in high school had one positive effect: I learned how to eat right and exercise. A lot of teens had naturally fast metabolisms and could eat all they wanted, without gaining weight, but not me. I struggled. Yet today, I am in shape while many of my high school friends have gained weight, because when their metabolisms slowed down, they didn’t have the tools to keep the weight off like I did – tools I developed in high school.

Nonetheless, many people in the U.S. and around the world struggle with weight gain. For many of us, it is (and will be) a difficult and constant battle to stay fit and healthy. I think the sooner we accept that, the better off we will be. And a long-term problem deserves a long-term solution, not a quick-fix, quickie diet, like drinking shakes for a month. A war plan that includes a healthy diet and plenty of activity is the only way to truly attack a problem like obesity. This is something that requires fortitude, and I can tell you from experience that it is never easy, and you will fall off the wagon, maybe even for long periods of time, but winning the war requires picking up the pieces after battle losses (like not exercising for a few weeks), and carrying on.

About David Bennett

David Bennett is a teacher, writer, and speaker. His articles, about topics from weight loss to popularity, receive over a million hits per year and have appeared in many publications. He writes for The Popular Teen and other sites. Follow him on LinkedIn or Twitter.