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Empowerwalk Interview

Today we interview Kevin Rogers from Empower Walk. Here are some of the interesting stats he shared with us.

85% of people who use one of this famous diets (Atkins, etc) will gain the weight back in a year.

80% of the reasons that people can't control their eating is psychologically based.

65% of the Us is overweight. 70% of us will be unhealthy by 2012 and 80% will be unhealthy by 2030. By 2048 almost everyone in the US will be overweight.

Why Are None of the Diet Programs Working Year After Year.

50% of people in the US do not exercise and the majority of baby boomer meals come from fast food.

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Eye Opening Experience

My fiance and I were at Dicks Sporting Goods the other night. I hear “Oh my gosh come here and pick this up!” My Fiance had found the free weights and had picked up a dumbbell that was the same weight that she wants to lose. I walked over and picked up a 40 lb dumbbell (the amount I want to lose). I couldn't believe this was the extra weight I was carrying around. I can't imagine how much more energy I would have if I wasn't carrying this extra weight. If you find yourself in a sporting goods store, I HIGHLY suggest you do this quick exercise. It was quite an eye opener, and something I keep in mind when I want to do some emotional eating.

Ryan Didn't Learn

I was watching The Biggest Loser and Bob (the trainer) said Ryan (the winner from season one had gained all his weight back. What a shame. He had gone through all that work and now had nothing to show from it. As Bob put it, “He lost all the weight, but didn't learn anything.” I have added a whole “The Biggest Loser” section to our Amazon store.

Overcoming Emotional Eating – Tips From Bob Harper

OK. Its official. I am an emotional eater. I just read the book “Are You Ready!: To Take Charge, Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Change Your Life Forever” by Bob Harper and its really got some good tips on overcoming emotional eating. He deals with your baggage and fears that are keeping you fat. You learn to reconnect with your body and forgive yourself for what you've done to it. He talks about the value of a food journal (which we've been preaching about since day one. He has chapters on eating right and lots of pictures of exercises. In terms of emotional eating, its one of the best books I've read.

I was listening to the Dave Ramsey show where people call in and tell their success stories. I'd love to hear how you are succeeding. Call in 888-563-3228 and let me know what you're doing.

Tips On Overeating

Look at your watch and eat every four hours. We hear so much about “Starvation mode” but according to Bob's book you have to eat less than 1200 calories to get your body to go into starvation mode. Be sure to notice how you feel at four hours. This is physical hunger.

If you find yourself going to fridge and it hasn't been four hours ask yourself “How Do I feel? What is happening right now? Why am I turning to food?” and this is the hard part. STOP. Go for a walk instead. He has all sorts of ways to beat stress that don't involve Dairy Queen.

If you have emotional issues (in Bob's case he had issues with his Father) you may need to face those, and in many cases acknowledge that its not your fault, and move on.

Find one thing about yourself that you like. Remember that, and focus on that. This will be the one thing that you will use to build your confidence.

If you need a food journal, I've heard good things about

Are You Practicing The Wrong Things?

In every book I read, they all say don't beat yourself up if you “fall off the food wagon.” I say “no, feel a little bad.” You need a negative consequence. If there is no negative consequence it makes it easier to do it again. Just like anything, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. You want this pattern when you are doing the right things. I think the point is don't make yourself feel so bad that you quit. That I understand, but don't make it easy for yourself to do the wrong thing.

Bad Dating Experiences?

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