The following are facts, ideas, and philosophies that I preach to my clients who are trying to lose weight or just get fit. If you are not trying to lose weight or get fit, the following does not apply to you.
1. If you are a 5’2′ tall woman who eats like a 6ft tall man, you will probably weigh what that man weighs. Ladies, don’t eat like a man.
2. In my opinion, diet doesn’t necessarily mean you should start eating salads. It means you should start eating less.
3. If you drink alcohol more than 3 times a week, which is creeping up on 50% of the year, you will have one heck of a time trying to lose weight.
4. If you drink regular soda, or some other sugar juice that your body does not need, almost everyday, you will have one heck of a time losing weight.
5. If you eat fast food more than you make/cook your own food, you will have a hard time losing weight.
6. If you think that working out twice during the week, and eating relatively clean for 4 days (you had a salad here and there and drank some water) has earned you the right to go out on the weekend, and drink and eat like a Marine on liberty after a long deployment, you will struggle to lose weight.
7. If you give your pet the best dog food/fuel you can afford, and put the best fuel in your car and never miss a tune-up, do the same for yourself. Hint: for humans, food is fuel and exercise is like a tune-up.
8. If you weigh 200 pounds and eat like someone who weighs 150 pounds, you will probably lose weight.
9. If diabetes runs in your family you better do two things, eat right and start running!!!
10. If you go out to eat, more than you eat at home, weight loss may be a challenge. (Ordering pizza to your casa doesn’t count for eating at home). By the way, every time you eat 3 slices of pizza, that’s 750 to 1,000 calories. Damn!!!!
In all seriousness, life is about balance. I am not saying you can never eat pizza, go out for dinner, have adult beverages, or just lounge around, when on a weight loss plan. We all deserve to treat ourselves. But treating ourselves should be what the term says, “treat” and not a regularity. If it is something we do often, how is pizza or ice cream a treat? And yes, I do practice what I preach. When it comes to food and exercise, I try to lead by example. I learned my “eat good food” and “eat at home” habits from my mother. I am 42 years old. My mother was so ahead of the curve on healthy food that I was eating whole wheat bread, oatmeal, and clean grilled fish with rice in the 1980’s. Much of the time, dessert was fruit. Wha…what? Yes, you read that correctly. She would also make me protein shakes, way before I even knew what protein powder was. She would put ice, milk, a banana, and 2 to 3 raw eggs in a blender, and serve me a shake. I am not kidding! She never served me a soda. Yes never, like never. And all that cooking and effort to feed me right, in addition to her work. She worked cleaning homes for some wealthy folks. I think my mother learned about healthy food by watching her employers eat and how they fed their kids. That’s just a guess. I also believe that my mother’s motherly instinct told her that sugary processed foods were not the healthiest thing for the body, especially a growing child.
My mother passed away from cancer some years ago, so I never got a chance to ask her why she fed me the way she did for all those years, or where she learned to cook clean and healthy. Whatever the reason, I was and am blessed because I know that with effort, it is possible to eat healthy, even if you are poor or financially struggling. I also know that it is possible for children to be a healthy weight, with the help and discipline of their parents. Thanks for reading.