The amount of information on how to lose weight and get into shape can be overwhelming. If you don’t have any training in any of the fields, it can be impossible to know where to start and what to do. It can be extremely difficult to figure out what system makes sense and which systems will not. There are many exercise and weight loss systems out there that are not worthwhile and just trying to take advantage of you.
With so much information to sort through, what are the leaders of the weight loss industry, and other associated industries, thoughts about weight loss, diet and exercise?
An interesting article in Time magazine, by Alexandra Sifferlin, dealt with this topic. In it there are interviews with some of the leaders in health care, weight loss, nutrition, and physical fitness.
David Kirchhoff, CEO of Weight Watchers International doesn’t believe that willpower alone will help you lose weight. “I actually think the notion of willpower can be destructive,” he said. “The reason I say that is that there is a presumption that one simply needs to exert willpower to ward off temptation. Knowing how our brains work from science, it’s a false premise. It never works. By managing my environment so that I am not tempted, I don’t have to exert nearly as much willpower.”
He also trys to exercise every day. Although it took him 10 years to work up to that. He eats lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and seafood. Eating right should not be a matter of resolve or a test of character. Make it as easy on yourself as possible.
Michael Olajide, Jr. is the co-founder of Aerospace High Performance Center (a gym in New York City). He feels that we, as a society, consume far more than we need. The body can subsist on very little.
He feels that health and wellness is, and will continue to be, the biggest problem for many nations. The length and quality of our lives will continue to decline unless we find a way to combat the disease called overeating. No doctor or pharmaceutical will have the answer. It lies within the individual.
Dr. David Satcher, the former U.S. Surgeon General, starts his healthy eating at home, in the morning with breakfast. He has fresh fruits and vegetables, low fat milk with whole grain cereal and one boiled egg. He feels the most important thing is healthy living. For most people who get regular physical activity and follow good nutrition, including a healthy breakfast, they should not have a problem with gaining weight and becoming obese. Dr. Satcher is also active for at least 30 minutes per day, 5 to 7 days a week.
According to Dr. Sonu S. Ahluwalia, Clinical Chief, Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, moderation is the key to healthy living. You can eat anything that you want too, just not too much of it. Eat multiple small meals a day and work out regularly.
Dr. Ahluwalia does strength and cardio training, along with hiking in the outdoors. Hiking or exercising in the outdoors is a great way to socialize and to distress. It makes the time go by much quicker.
In Tamal Dodge’s experience, who is the owner and founder of the Tamal Yoga School, drastic changes don’t work. Don’t over-commit. Make sure that the workout routine you follow is a commitment you can follow through with.
Try to pick a physical activity that you enjoy. Tamal does yoga daily. But she alters her yoga practices so that one day she’ll do a hard vinyasa flow practice, and follow it the next day with restorative yoga. Tamal also bikes, surfs and swims. She tries to enjoy whatever activity she is doing, that way she will stick with it longer.
Tamal brings up a few good points. Large, drastic changes to your diet, exercise routine, or lifestyle do not work. You may be able to stick with it for a few months, but it will only be a matter of time before that drastic change catches up with you. It may catch up to you in the form of an injury from overworking muscles that are not ready for intense exercise. It may catch up to you in the form of gaining all of the weight back that you lost on a crash diet when you inevitably have to stop the crash diet.
Jess Kolko, a registered dietitian for Whole Foods Market, feels you just need to make friends with food. Specifically the whole, minimally processed foods like fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans and legumes. She feels that the best way to stop battling your plate is to learn to cook simply with foods in their natural forms using seasonal ingredients.
Will Gadd, a pro- outdoor sports guru, has some interesting thoughts on physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. He feels that sustainability is a key when dealing with exercise, diet and lifestyle. If you can’t see yourself doing what you’re doing now for exercise day in and day out for the next 20 years, then you probably won’t stick with it.
Consistency is the key to losing any weight, getting into shape, and staying that way. You can’t just exercise for a few months and expect the results to last a lifetime. Being healthy is a commitment that you make on a daily basis. Everyone will have days when they fall off the wagon or eat something really bad or not exercise for a few weeks. But the trick is to not let it discourage you and get right back into being healthy as soon as you can.
These are some very good points from the experts on how to be healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle. I feel that as long as you are exercising consistently and eating healthy most of the time (roughly 80% of the time), you will be fine. You will not become obese and your pain will be minimal.
Exercise smarter, not harder. We are not 20 years old anymore and our bodies will not recover from doing a hard workout after not having worked out in months. We won’t recover as well from injuries and irritations in our bodies the way we used to when we were younger.
Eat mostly whole foods in their natural forms. Stay away from artificial sweeteners and processed foods. Processed foods will make your body breakdown and age quicker than it would have otherwise. If you want to age gracefully, then eating healthy and exercising is the best way. Being healthy is the only miracle pill we have.
Have less pain. Be more active. Be able to enjoy life the way that you want to, on your own terms. This is what living a healthy lifestyle will do for you. This is what the Pain Free Lifestyle will do for you.