The vast majority of people are going to die of preventable diseases. Step one – do not die of something stupid. That is a good goal! The CDC reports over 41.9% of US adults are obese (BMI over 30.0). Not overweight but obese! Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Research from Matthew Reeves at Michigan State – the number one killer in America is not hypertension, type 2 diabetes or heart disease. It’s the unhealthy lifestyles that most Americans lead – only 3% lead a healthy lifestyle.
When you get out of the shower naked and look in the mirror, what do you say to yourself? “Looking good” or “Oh crap?” Many have been working at home more often and put on the ‘Covid 25’. They were home, and their refrigerators were wide open. Weight gain creeps up on us. When was the last time you jumped on a scale? Have you been overweight for a long time and done nothing to change it? If yes, why? What story do you tell yourself to justify it?
What is one habit to stop right now? How often do you eat fast food? A typical fast-food meal like a Big Mac, fries, and a Coke contains 1350 calories. That is HALF the calories of what is recommended for an adult. Life is too short not to have a great burger, of course. I would not put a Big Mac in that category. The challenge comes when we consistently make poor food choices.
The easiest way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories.
The CDC says an estimated 36.6 percent or approximately 84.8 million adults consume fast food on any given day in the United States. Is that you? You can’t out exercise a bad diet.
You cannot outrun a Big Mac!
That son of a gun will catch you! How long does it take to burn off 1350 calories? You need to cycle for 3.4 hours, run for 2.3 hours, or do 8.2 hours of house cleaning! That is hard to do consistently. Exercise is, of course, essential, and the reality is –
You simply cannot make up for on a treadmill or what you can put in your mouth!
During the day, ask yourself before you eat something a simple question –
What would a healthy person choose right now?
Print it out on a card to keep it close by. Make conscious decisions each day to make healthy food choices. Each good choice makes the NEXT good choice even easier! Instead of reaching for that junk food, grab a healthy option. Pack a small cooler so you always have a healthy option close by. Each time you make the healthy choice, it becomes easier!
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