Well, here you are in the second week of your yearly battle with creeping obesity.
Yes, once again you overdid it during the holidays and you have to lie down on the bed to squirm into your favorite jeans. It’s around this time that one’s New Year’s day enthusiasm for shedding those pounds begins to wane. Seems like a good time to remind you exactly why you need to lose that extra five pounds you’re packing compliments of the vat of eggnog and tin of cookies you devoured in the past couple of weeks.
Experts tell us that losing just 10 percent of your weight can have a profound positive impact on your health and make a difference in the way your feel on a daily basis. Let’s start with an increase in energy level and improved mobility and a decrease in low back and joint pain.
Modest weight loss can also reduce your cholesterol levels and lower your blood pressure changing your risk factors for a sudden heart attack or stroke. Shedding a few pounds will improve your blood glucose levels and help prevent you from slipping into Type 2 diabetes.
Throw in improved breathing helping you to sleep better and wake more rested and you should have all the reasons you need to keep dropping those pounds. Stay at it long enough and you’ll be able to get back into your “skinny clothes.”
To help you along the way, here’s my “Seven Secrets of Weight Loss” I use with the clients in my Studio:
Secret 1: Diets don’t work. The American weight loss industry takes in over $35 billion a year and boasts a 90 percent failure rate.
All diets have the same trick as their foundation — limit food choices and food becomes boring; food becomes boring and you eat less food; you eat less food and you lose weight — duh! Try this — eat less food!
Secret 2: Forget about fat and get fit. It’s much easier to implement an exercise regime than a weight loss program. Get exercise under control first and then tackle your food issues.
Secret 3: Eat a higher protein diet. The research is irrefutable; high protein diets work. What I’ve found most effective for those who are exercising is a daily caloric intake comprised of 40 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent protein and 20 percent fat.
Secret 4: Track your food. Numerous studies have established that people who track their calories lose more weight. Go to http://caloriecounter.com/ or use the calorie counter link on your smart phone. In no time, you’ll know the caloric cost of the food you’re eating.
Secret 5: Learn portion sizes. We’re a super-sized population because we eat super-sized food portions. Go to WebMD’s website at http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-portion-size-plate and get a grip on portion sizes.
Secret 6: Weigh yourself everyday. Researchers tell us that those who are most successful at weight loss weigh themselves daily. It keeps you focused on the task at hand.
Secret 7: Cord’s Closet Composition. Go to your closet and pick out a favorite outfit that you can get in to but don’t wear anymore because it’s too tight or you don’t like the way you look in it. Try that outfit on once a week until you can wear it. Then, pick out another “skinny outfit” and lose the weight needed to get into it.
Trust me when I tell you that when it comes to weight loss there is nothing quite as motivating as reclaiming your closet.
Hang in there – you can do this!
Cord Prettyman is a certified master personal trainer and the owner of Absolute Workout Fitness and Post-Re-hab Studio in Woodland Park. He can be reached at 719-687-7437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.