Dating while overweight

Because of these risks, it is important to lose weight even if you don't feel bad now.

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But the fact remains that I’m a short, dark-skinned, fat Black girl, with a natural.

I’m all those things in a culture that not only hates fat, and finds it repulsive, but also in a culture where fat dark-skinned women can only find roles in movies as maids.

“But every person I’ve ever known who went through a substantial weight loss journey, myself included, will tell you it’s the best thing they ever did, and their only regret was not doing something about it sooner.” Without question, what you eat is the most important aspect (80 percent of your effort, according to most experts).

(Check out some of our diet programs.) The other 20 percent, of course, is how much you move.

Being obese means having so much body fat that your health is in danger.

Having too much body fat can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, and stroke.

“Ankle and knee injuries are more common among obese exercisers, so special care should be taken to control for this by avoiding high-impact exercise—anything involving running or jumping,” Mc Brairty says.

(Also avoid these bodyweight exercises—they're particularly bad for knees.) Instead, choose exercises like the elliptical, swimming, or plain ole walking on the treadmill or outside.

In addition to boosting your calorie deficit, exercise does all those good things that doctors on TV talk about, including reducing risks of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and improving sleep and mood.

So, here are five things you need to consider before you get moving—literally.

When I look in the mirror, for the most part, I like what I see.

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