The Magic Answer to Weight Loss

Yep, that’s right, I have the magic answer to weight loss. Would you like to know it? First, permit me to voice what it is not.

I was up early enough this morning to catch nothing on TV but infomercials. One such infomercial was about, you guessed it, weight loss. Some guy from some tv show some two decades ago was talking about his magic answer that led to his loss of some 200lbs.

Blah blah blah.

He went on to say that weight gain and/or inability to lose weight is…wait for it…not your fault. “It’s due to an urge and craving that some people have for food”, he said. No crap, that’s called HUNGER, and everyone has it. He then went on to say that it has nothing to do with will power. Again, “it’s not your fault”.

I have a problem with this line of thinking. Sure, there are physical issues that plague some people’s bodies, but all can be overcome. Some (and I dare say “many”) issues are hormonal, some are not. Regardless, everyone can win with my magic answer to weight loss!

So, are you ready to know the secret? It’s a very simple formula that I’d like to pass along to you now. Ready? Here it is. Got a pen and paper?

Formula: Sweat+a Balanced Diet=Weight Loss

There it is, at no charge to you. What do you think?

Now I realize that I’ve been rather tongue-in-cheek here this morning, and I mean not to belittle those of us who struggle with legitimate physical ailments that make weight loss more difficult than for others. I’d like to stress again that regardless of your issue, YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT!

But please, please, PLEASE don’t resort to unhealthy means of doing so. There is no miracle pill. There is no miracle diet. It requires hard work, sweat, and balanced eating. If you’d like help getting started, Body for Life, by Bill Phillips, is a great plan to begin with. I also recommend purchasing the companion cookbook, Eating for Life, as well.

“But I thought you said there are no miracle diets?!”, you might say. You’re right, I did. I don’t normally use the term diet because of what most people associate with the term. (When I do use the word diet, as in the above “formula”, I refer to our overall style of eating, not a specific fad diet.) Body for Life will teach you a balanced lifestyle, including how you eat and how you exercise — but not a “diet”.

It’s true that what works for one person may not work for another. There are infinite options of workouts, cardiovascular exercise routines, weight training regimens, etc. If you’re having trouble getting started, please talk with your doctor and/or a personal trainer. If you don’t have a trainer or don’t belong to a gym, I am a trainer at Graves’ Fitness Center on Adam’s Lane in Mt. Juliet (across the street from Providence Place).

This post is NOT, repeat NOT to drum up business. It’s basically a reaction against the infomercial I saw this morning that happens to reflect the general populous’ unfortunate and unhealthy perspective. However, if I can help, I would love to.

Now get out and enjoy this beautiful St. Patty’s Day.

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