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Do Christian Weight Loss Programs Really Work?

Being overweight often comes from a poor relationship with food. When we use food for comforting us in times of sorrow or we chew on it while watching movies or focusing on other things, we could easily cross the line between eating to support living and living to support eating.

The Sin of Gluttony and Christian Weight Loss Programs

If you’re a Christian, you must know that one of the seven sins of human beings is gluttony. This is what Christian weight loss programs address: they teach you to follow biblical and practical methods of defeating your gluttony and eating in a healthier way that would result in losing all those extra pounds you accumulated while looking away from God.

Any Christian weight loss program will provide you a step-by-step action plan to help you fight your demons and put an end to compulsive overeating, emotional eating or binge eating disorders. Such programs would support you in your journey by enabling you access to a personal counselor and to a support group made of people who, just like you, try to fight their imperfections and destructive behaviors.

Once you start from the statement in the Bible, that “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you”, it’s easy to understand that a good Christian has this duty to take care of this temple in the best possible way. This means, first of all, avoiding putting unhealthy stuff into the temple. Like a brick and mortar house, the flesh and blood temple needs maintenance in order to preserve its integrity and health. Once you get to understand this, you’ll find it much easier to change your eating habits and enjoy a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Hunger Signals Are a Gift from God

Hunger signals are true lifesavers. If we didn’t know when to eat, we’d be dead in no time, because our body would be depleted of its vital nutrients. However, eating is a pleasurable activity, thus many of us choose to eat even in the absence of these hunger signals. This is how pounds accumulate and fat deposits start thickening our waistline little by little, until one day, when we find ourselves in front of the mirror, overweight and miserable, yet unable to take the bull by the horns and stop eating solely out of pleasure.

Being overweight is not a sin in itself, there’s no reference to that in the Bible. However, the Old Testament includes specific instructions about what people were to eat and what to stay away from. Those commands can be interpreted as diets, because if people followed them, they would have become healthier and better off in their lives.

One component of Christian weight loss programs that’s not present elsewhere, is that one shouldn’t obsess over losing weight until they get a perfect body, either. The main focus of a human being should be on God and not on vanity issues that can easily become idols, thus driving us into the sin of worshiping something else than God.

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    How Do I Get In Shape Over The Summer? I weigh 130 plus pounds and I’m 13 years old. But the 130 pounds is mostly fat. By fall when school starts again, I want to have lost some fat and gained some muscle. Every day I play DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) on difficult, and it is difficult, I sweat my butt off every time. I also go to the pool and swim 24 laps every other day. But I haven’t seen any results. Should I keep doing what I’m doing, or should I add something on? Please give me some fat loss tips, thanks!

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      First of all…good for you for working out and taking charge of your health. I am sure you are a beautiful person.
      How’s your diet?
      Are you eating enough protein? Are you eating a lot of empty carbs like pastries….? How’s your sugar intake?
      Sometimes the scale doesn’t change but our bodies do. Try taking measurements. I had lost 13 inches off of my body….but only 10 lbs on the scale.
      Keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat.
      Keep a food journal – it will hold you accountable. Look up online how many calories you should eat based on your age, height, weight, and activity level.
      Hope this helps sweetie and best wishes.

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    Does Anyone Have Any Quick Fat Loss Tips? Been working out and dieting for some time now and have lost a great deal of weight. i am now starting to stall and it is getting harder and harder to loose weight. looking for some help in changing my routine and diet. any quick fat loss tips would be appreciated.

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      You may find this helpfull. No matter how much I try to control my weight it does not work, however there was one time in my life that without rying and without realising I suddenly lost 4 stone. It was a time when I was suffering back pain and could hardly walk. Being alone in the house I tried to make things easy as far as food was concerned. I had a microwave on the floor and all I ate for a few months was tinned soup, various types, nothing else, no bread. It was so easy, just open the tin, pour it into a dish and then in the microwave. Amazingly I lost 4 stone in about 4 months. I have never been able to achieve that by dieting.

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