Today we talk about some of the biggest lies that people and the media throw around regarding weight loss and what's good for you. Special thanks for Alice Yovich and Amanda Flynn for their support and for help in producing the show this week.
Pedusa Inexpensive Pedometer
Someone recently purchased the Pedusa 771 pedomater. This seems like a really cool and inexpensive ($16) pedometer. If you're looking for an accuarate pedometer without breakign the bank, this might be a fun tool for you to check out.
A reviewer on Amazon.com had this to say, “This pedometer has a feature that only starts counting your steps after 10 CONSECUTIVE movements. It then adds these 10 steps onto the tally. I'm also amazed at the features… 7-day memory, clock, total steps, daily steps (which automatically reset every night at mid-night), distance travelled, calories burned, a daily goal that sounds a “notice” when you reach your goal, and total “active” time. Amazing. I've carried it in various pockets and even in a bag and it seems to be just as accurate no matter where it is. I have not tried to wear it around my neck on a lanyard. This might register false steps. Its a wonderful size and seems to fit in any pocket I have. I also appreciate that it doesn't “click” every time it registers a step. I felt like I was the tin man with all the noise some of them make. Great little gadget to gage your daily steps. I plan on buying them for gifts for family members who are on an “exercise kick”. ”
Diet and Fitness Lies That Drive Me Crazy
We get fed different message by the media (or we feed them to ourselves), and some ofthem really drive me crazy. Here are a few of my favorites.
The Bigger Package is a Better Value
I was walking across the street and I saw a sign at the local gas station that stated the “Big Bag was the best value.” While you may end up paying less per item (say potato chip) in the long run you end up paying more in hospital bills, medications, and the loss of abilities. The US spent 2.6 Trillion in 2010 on health care.
The true value is being around for your kids, and being able to do things with your kids.
Arby's is Good Mood Food
I hate Arby's new commercials stating that their food is “Good Mood Food.” Here is why I hate it. It's partially true. In her book Overcoming Overeating Lisa Monroe explains how science shows that people's brains are getting stimulated by the food we eat much the same way marijuana stimulates the brain. The problem is this “high” is short lived, and when we “come down” we are left with a body digesting the Regular Roast Beef, Curly Fries and a Mountain Dew (1170 calories including 2190 mg of salt).
I'll Start Tomorrow
And by tomorrow you mean Sunday as that's the start of the week. That turns into Monday which…. we all know how that turns out. A much better idea is to start right now.
I'll Never Lose All This Weight
When you have a significant amount of weight to lose it's easy to get locked on the final goal weight. I urge you to realize you didn't gt fat overnight and you're not going to get skinny over night either. Right now I'm 30 lbs over weight. If I lose 1 lb a week I will hit my goal in 7-8 months. Weight loss is not a sprint, it's a marathon.
The good news is if you can start now, and make small changes, you can begin to see weight loss. Even a small weight loss has benefits. ”We have seen a consistent pattern in our weight loss studies that when patients lose 5%-10% of their body weight, they lower blood pressure, reduce LDL [“bad”] cholesterol, improve glucose tolerance, and in general, lower the risk for cardiovascular disease,” says Catherine Champagne, a researcher with Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Right now 5% of my body weight is 10 lbs. That seems achievable when 30 lbs does not. I say don't even look at the 5%. Celebrate it when it happens, but for me I like to look at my next meal. When you take it day by day, meal by meal you don't get stressed by the big picture.
I Don't Have Time
When you go to the grocery store and see the magazines can you name the people on the cover? Then you have time. The reason I say this is I (for the most part) gave up on TV. I can't identify the teen mom, the bachelor or bachelorette, etc. So back away from the TV, from YouTube, NetFlix, etc and start putting yourself first.
The time you have is YOUR time. Quit giving it away to things that do not benefit you. If you truly believe you don't have time, do me a favor and for 48 hours take a piece of paper and right 1-24. Then each hour put down what you did during that hour. The results will astound you.
Also, you may not have 30 minutes uninterrupted, but you can do three 10 minute exercises.
I Don't Have the Energy
You may not have the energy to run a marathon today, but you do have the energy to take your first step. Since we are talking about lies, one thing I have found is true is I have never got done exercising and said to myself, “I feel worse.” I am always proud of myself, I feel more confident, and even if the scale doesn't budge the next day I know I'm taking steps to make it happen.
While the biggest loser television show is extreme, the one thing you do see over and over again is people doing things they thought they would never do. You don't need to go crazy and start running today (always ask your doctor before beginning an exercise routine) but you will be amazed and how you feel when you finally sit down and go, “I guess I can do this…”