Keep it off

This weekend’s Parade magazine in the newspaper was dedicated to the common new year’s resolution of loosing and keeping off weight. One short article in the middle caught my husband and my eyes. It’s “Easy Ways to Lose Weight” which gives just 4 things. Particular interest was 3 “Learn the Habits of Successful Losers”.

This blurb has 4 points collected from people who lost  and kept off a significant amount of weight. What they say makes a lot of sense. Here’s my take on them. The best thing about this was that these tips can be applied to anyone of any age. Considering that now 40 percent (!) of our nation’s children are overweight or obese, it’s nice to know that there are simple ways to fight the fat without gimmicks or fad diets that can be dangerous.

1. 78% eat breakfast every day. Breakfast starts your day off right. No, breakfast is not sweet cereal loaded with sugar and empty calories or a doughnut that will leave you hungry in an hour or two. Nor should it come from a can as one of those meal replacement shakes.  Have a real, healthy breakfast including some protein and fiber. We eat oatmeal with milk, fruit, and a teaspoon of sugar.

2. 62% watch less than 10 hour of TV per week. This make sense. If you’re watching tv, you’re probably not moving much during that time. Many people also use TV time for mindless snacking, not paying attention to how much they’re consuming.

3. 90% exercise about one hour every day. You need to burn more calories to loose weight. Exercise is the only safe way to do this. Once you’ve lost the weight, you need to keep exercising to keep it off.  Considering that many people (including children)  spend more time behind a desk or sitting down than actively moving each day, setting aside an hour daily to exercise is a good idea. It doesn’t have to be gym classes or exercise videos. Although for some, the encouragement of group classes or flexibility of a video at home can be motivating. I do both, group water aerobics at the gym and Turbo Jam videos at home. Taking a walk or actively playing outside will also do. Just move for an hour.

4. 75% weigh themselves at least once a week. Weighing yourself periodically is a good way to find out how you’re doing. Then you can adjust your diet or exercise accordingly. It helps you to be consistent long term and avoid yo-yo dieting which can be dangerous.

That’s it! I know there’s a lot more to it like portion control and healthy eating. But these 4 are a good place for you and your family to start in a nutshell.


2 Responses

  1. Thanks so much for your encouragement! These four tips are great. It is funny how simple the weight loss equation is, yet how difficult it is to stick with it.

  2. Bethany,
    Yes. As we know, bad habits are hard to break but not impossible. That includes overeating and emotional eating. It does sound easy, but so does stopping any other bad habit. We have a new year, let’s make a new us in it.

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