Thursday, May 27, 2010

"I've Tried Everything"

"I've tried everything Dr. Sean, nothing works." Nothing works? You mean to tell me, something works for the rest of humanity, but it doesn't work for you? Okay, I'm willing to believe that for this conversation's purpose. What have you tried that hasn't worked? If you haven't already caught on, this is a weight loss conversation that I have every day in my office. Now before we dive deeper I'll admit, I've never been over weight. I've never had to watch what I eat. I'm a lucky one. Fatty foods, candy, and cake don't appeal to me. So for me, this stuff is easy, I don't expect it to be as easy for you.

The first obstacle most people face is themselves. "Trying everything" is very different than doing something. Unfortunately many people are looking for the quick easy fix. There isn't a quick easy fix, it's a wild goose chase. As we all know, in a wild goose chase, you can "try everything", but nothing is going to work. If you are serious about losing weight you don't need to go out and buy a book that tells you how to eat. You don't need to read up on how to exercise. In fact, it's my opinion that those purchases perpetuate the process of stagnation! Use your common sense. With using a reference source, I want you to answer the following questions.

1.) What is the healthier food option, Potato chips (baked OR fried), or a small baked potato?

2.) Which food has the least calories, which has the most, and which is in the middle? A plain hamburger, A Bacon Cheese Burger, a Cheese Burger?

3.) Which activity burns the most calories? Exercise of any sort, Watching TV, driving?

4.) Which food choice is healthiest? Raw or Steamed Broccoli, Sauteed Broccoli, Broccoli from the chinese restaurant?

I'm pretty confident that you answered all of those questions properly. And you didn't have to pull out a reference source to figure it out! You are smarter than you give yourself credit for.

Weight loss and healthy living starts with common sense. No one is telling you not to eat chocolate, or even bacon cheese burgers. What I'm telling you is that you should know better than to think that using turkey bacon instead of pork bacon doesn't make your burger a healthy meal. Using low fat cheese instead of whole milk cheese does not make for a healthy meal. You can eat these things, but know the repercussions of doing so.

Losing weight and living healthy doesn't take "trying" anything. You have to make a commitment to yourself to live healthy. To eat the foods your body was meant to eat. And to move your body the way it was meant to be used. When we were first put on this earth, there were no TV's, and people found things to spend their time on. I have faith you will do the same. Some parting words for you; If you don't recognize a word on your food label, you probably shouldn't be eating it!

1 comment:

  1. I think that exercise alone does not make you lose weight but because of the exercise we take in less calories and the combination of the two precipitates the results.