The Bible promotes being “
moderate in habits.” (1 Timothy 3:2) That includes your eating habits. So why not try the following?
Listen to your stomach. “
I used to count calories,” says 19-year-old Julia, “
but now I just stop eating when I’m full.”
Avoid foods that are unwholesome. “
By cutting out soda,” says Peter, aged 21, “
I lost five kilograms (10 lb) in just one month!”
Adjust bad eating habits. “
I try not to go back for seconds,” says 19-year-old Erin.
Secret to Success: Don’t skip meals! If you do, you’ll feel starved and tend to overeat.
Of course, some people who say “I need to control my weight” have a distorted body image. They’re really fine the way they are. However, what if you do need to lose weight? Here’s what worked for a girl named Catherine.
“I was an overweight teenager, which was something I never wanted to be. I was so unhappy with the way I looked and felt!
“From time to time, I tried to lose weight with a special diet, but I always gained it back. So when I was 15, I decided that enough was enough. I wanted to lose weight the right way—a way that I could maintain for the rest of my life.
“I bought a book that discussed basic nutrition and exercise principles, and I incorporated what I read into my life. I was determined that even if I ‘fell off the wagon’ or got discouraged, I would not give up.
“Guess what? It worked! Over the course of one year, I lost 27 kilograms (60 lb). I’ve maintained my desired weight for two years. I never thought it would happen!
“I think the reason I was successful is that I didn’t merely diet—I made a lifestyle change.”—Catherine, 18.