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It has been my experience, working with folks, that the subject of fat loss and health is bilingual. That is, there is a specific language spoken when discussing fat loss and another when talking about lifestyle practices for enhanced health. Both languages come with two very different prescriptions for healthy eating and exercise. The language I prefer and, ironically, believe will lead to successful weight loss is one of health. This language includes words such as 'balance', 'moderation', 'active living', 'enjoyment', and 'physical activity'. The lifestyle prescription for health is quite "simple". Eat a balanced diet that includes a wide variety of vegetables and fruit, be conscious of serving size, and enjoy the "other" foods, such as chips, in moderation. Physical activity should include moderate movement for over 30 minutes per day and incorporates the notion of living actively. Opportunities like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to the store or to work more often, and even as little as standing while talking on the phone rather than sitting, makes a big difference over the year.
The language of health is comfortable, inclusive, and promotes enjoyment of our healthy diet and physical activity choices. Conversely, the language of fat loss offers some very important variations to note. For example, you have probably read testimonials of successful "losers" stating that they were "out of control" and "let themselves go". It is through our culture of fat phobia that these judgements are aloud to exist. many weight loss advertisements tout messages like "take control of your weight" or "get a better body now" assuming your body needs work and could be better. Moreover, fitness programs that target that tummy or help you sculpt your way to a beach body may offer false hope to the exerciser which leads to disappointment in the long run. More often than not, this disappointment leads to reverting to old behaviours and any potential losses we made, we gain back....plus more!
If you want to shed the pounds and look sexy at the beach this summer (and yes, if you are desiring this, you would start to action plan and move on that goal now), it is completely realistic. You will have to exercise approximately 60 - 90 minutes daily, restrict your calories and limit (if not eliminate) the fun foods to achieve success. There is no place for junk food if you want to trim down and this process may be even more challenging depending on your age (yup...I thought that was a bunch of crap..until I turned 40). It is important to note, that there is nothing wrong with wanting to shed pounds. The tug of war begins when the goals are for fat loss, but the actions relate to health and enjoyment. In my work with people, I hear more often than note, the proclamation of weight loss, but witness behaviours that go against this goal. This will only lead to frustration and self flagellation in the end. Give yourself a break; consider the language and practice of health.
You can enhance your health and reduce your risk of illness by enjoying 30 - 60 minutes of moderate physical activity every other day and eat from a variety of healthful foods with a focus on vegetables. In addition, you will be able to enjoy your favourite foods, like beer and nachos, without dreading the after effects n your weight. Which sounds more realistic (and more enjoyable) to you?