- Diet & Weight Loss
Have you seen it anywhere? I've lost my weight!
Once upon a scale....
Somewhere between there and here I lost it.
I used to take it everywhere. We were as close as we could be. "He's not heavy, Father, he's me."
Looking back, I often looked down. Down at what I knew would cut life short, perhaps even suddenly, finally.
There it was hiding my shoes,when I was standing, and sitting on my lap each time I sat down. It slept with me at night, walked with me each day, and clung to me when I carried it up the stairs.
It was the weight I had gained after a lifetime of being athletic and fit.
No, I wasn't a chubby boy whose baby fat didn't go away.
I was the neighborhood ballplayer, quick and fast. When they handed out the sports awards, I was front and center, even captain of my team.
And it continued into fatherhood with energy to spare.
And then gradually what I had to spare, turned into a spare tire around the middle, right in the so-called "danger zone" which causes good doctors to give sage advice boiled down to "You better lose some weight. It'll be good for you."
I'm a writer, a full time writer. I spend hours each day sitting at a keyboard composing the things I write to share with others. It can be a very sedentary life which isn't even good for inspiration. So it was clear some changes were called for.
At 5' 10" my Body Mass Index ( http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bmicalc.htm) for 204 pounds put me in the "overweight" category for men; not obese, but definitely not the picture of vibrant health.
In weight loss, nothing happens until someone is serious, and when "the light dawns" and even a little self-discipline creeps in, the excess pounds can be shed.
Here's what I have done, and it can work for you, too.
Start your day with one-sixth of a lemon (minus the seeds) peel and all, and here's a link to tell you why: http://perspycacious.hubpages.com/hub/Start-Your-Day-With-One-Sixth-of-A-Lemon .
Eat a moderate breakfast early, as it will tell your body that it can go ahead and burn calories because you intend to provide it with more calories.
Cut down on sugars. They have what are called "empty calories". While they can provide quick energy and a jolt of insulin, they are "empty" because they have no nutritional value as relates to keeping the body healthy. In fact, if they are "extra calories" meaning that at the end of the day you have consumed more calories than you "burned," those sugar calories can be why you stored fat that day.
Meanwhile, your body and brain are going to seek out the nutrition you need, and that will come with its own calories (the good kind) but, if that puts you over what you used during the day, those calories will be stored to add to the weight you already carry around.
In order to have the energy you need in order to be active, the body doesn't just need calories. It also needs hydration...liquids. If the body is dehydrated, even a little, it will let you know by starting to feel lethargic. Your "get up and go" is not going full speed, and the motor is shutting down in order to preserve the body's needed fluids for the body's essential functions.
The solution? Make sure you don't pass by a water fountain. Keep water handy. and when you see it or think about it, drink some. You are 74% water and need to keep it that way. Think of water as "Adam's Ale" or "the Fountain of Youth", and drink it cool or cold, because your body will use some of those stored calories to heat it up to body temperature.
In addition to that one-sixth of a lemon you start the day with, make sure raw fruits and raw vegetables are part of your daily foods. Cooking fruits and vegetables at normal cooking temperatures destroys enzymes which are essential to your health http://perspycacious.hubpages.com/hub/Essential-Amino-Acids-What-Difference-Do-They-Make . Those have to come from supplementing or from what you eat, and that means raw fruits and vegetables. Toss a salad with a light dressing, grab an apple a day to keep the doctor away, enjoy the fruits and vegetables that are in season. As with all foods, however, practice moderation.
To have sustained energy throughout the day, plan to have five to seven snack-sized healthy meals rather than two or three "biggies." Make them low sugar, low salt, and accompanied by water or fresh juice. The blood sugar levels you used to zing with those "empty calories" of the sugary stuff, will zing just as well with the real stuff. Furthermore, you will avoid the "sugar withdrawal headaches" some folks seem to get when they swear off sugar.
If you are eating "a balanced diet" which is one that meets your body's needs for such things as vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and fatty acids, fiber, and such, you will want to include some possible lifestyle changes to complete the job.
Stress tends to deplete those good "B" vitamins you get from your balanced diet, and that can interfere with the 60 or so body processes that count on adequate supplies of those vitamins to function properly. If you have lots of stress, supplement with a complex of "B" vitamins, but better yet, find ways to cut down on or eliminate some stress.
Some stresses are predictable. Things come up at the last minute, but allow for them by planning ahead; know the day's priorities and where you always leave the keys, the glasses, the spare change, and the "To Do List." Build into the day some actual "quiet time" for yourself which could be that walk, another chapter in that book, some meditation, a yoga or pilates class, or just a "plunked down in that chair with the cat in my lap time."
Finally, and I will rest my case, rest itself is important. Neither too much, nor too little. A recent university study showed that for college students oversleeping (10 hours) was only as good as sleeping just six hours, and sleeping 11 hours was only as good as getting five hours of sleep.
If life is enjoyable, and it should be, adults will need six to eight hours of sleep, and children will need eight to nine. Individual needs can vary, but adequate sleep is a must so that tomorrow can be "another day" and not dragged down by the day before. A quiet, dark room, with a comfortable bed, is the best prescription, and having a regular bedtime routine can add to the quality of the resulting sleep. Try to allow time to unwind and have things settled as best they can be so you can get the deep, restorative sleep the mind and body need.
Take all of these steps, and I believe your steps will be lighter as the days and weeks pass. You may also find the old "new you" you remember.
Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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