Thursday, June 26, 2008

On Losing Weight: It's not too late to start again

After weeks, no, months of complaining about how we've been gaining weight, bana-bear and I decided that we stop all the yacking and do something about it. When it comes to food, as between the two of us, he's the disciplined one.

On Sunday, June 22nd, we started cutting down on our carb intake. We've done Atkins Diet before and it worked wonders for us. However, just like any other lifestyle change, one must be serious about it to obtain the desired results - permanently (or at least, until one "breaks down" and goes back to his old ways. haha!)

Losing weight is not easy -at least, for us who have healthy appetites and love fine dining, but not much physical activity and have slow metabolism.

How do we meet the challenge?

  • Start today- Set a goal (desired weight), develop a plan (ex., do the Atkins) and act on it (watch carb intake, avoid "dangerous" food). W.E.B. Du Bois said, "There is in this world no such force as a man determined to rise."

  • Ask for God's help- "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me". God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can endure and He will provide us a way out. Strength is ours for the asking.

  • Have a weight-loss partner- It's easier that we're doing it together. I'm easily tempted to "go astray" and bana-bear is there to do the check and balance. "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up."

  • Plan meals in advance- It pays that I prepare in advance our grocery shopping list as well as menu for the day. People fail not because they planned to fail, but because they simply failed to plan.

  • Weigh regularly- To keep track of our progress, we get on the scale every morning and at the end of the day for "reality check". We also keep a record of our weight.

  • Read labels on food products- Before buying a product, it is important to check the nutrition facts on the label. We don't rely on "low-fat", "non-fat" and "lite". We look for numbers.

  • Become "gram" conscious"- We have the carb counter to guide us when eating or preparing meals. Knowing how much to eat is important to stay fit.

  • Think green and leafy- I don't have to stress the health benefits one gets from fiber, vegetables and fruits.

  • Shop for groceries on a full stomach- Even when I have a shopping list, food that normally won't appeal to me become irresistible when I'm hungry.

  • Get sufficient nutrients- We have added vitamin supplements to our weight-loss plan. We need to feed our cells all the nutrients they need.

  • Exercise- "Weight loss has a simple formula: less input of calories + greater output of energy = weight loss". Doing it with a partner makes it more fun and enjoyable.

  • Stay on course when hitting the plateau- There are days (or even weeks) when the scale doesn't bulge one pound. This should not deter us from our goal. Perseverance is the key to success.

  • Refuse to give up if we slip and binge- We do slip once.. or twice.. or many times but if we want to see the end-results, we don't give up. "The only way to fail is to quit."

Enough of this for now... I can't resist the vanilla ice cream with milk chocolate coating in the freezer. Btw, one bar is only 5 grams net carbs (and sweetened with Splenda). Not bad, eh?

Just for fun, I took this test:
Your Weight is Ideal
Your BMI is 24.0 - a healthy BMI falls between 18.5 and 25

Congratulations, you are the perfect weight for your height.
Even though you may not be entirely happy with your weight, you are healthy.
So gain or lose a few pounds if you want, but don't go too crazy!

Don't agree? Blame the government standards we based this test on!


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