This publish seems as a part of our More healthy 2021 sequence, during which we observe three WebMD staff members as they attempt to enhance their well being this yr. You possibly can observe their journeys right here.
By Invoice Kimm
“Appears to be like like I picked the improper week to start out maintaining a healthy diet once more!”
Lloyd Bridges’ hilarious working joke from the 1980 film Airplane! stored popping into my head this week as I formally started my journey to drop extra pounds and get wholesome. If there was ever a time to emphasize eat and perhaps take pleasure in a number of grownup drinks, the primary week of 2021 could have been it.
However, I’m glad to say, I didn’t succumb to the temptation, and Week 1 will go down as a hit! That’s to not say issues went completely — my train plan didn’t precisely take off the best way I had hoped (or in any respect) — however I’ll rejoice my wins and purpose for enchancment subsequent week.
I misplaced 8 kilos! I do know that’s a giant quantity for one week, and I can’t anticipate that each week, however nonetheless — I LOST 8 POUNDS! As I stated final week, I understand how to do that, I simply have to DO it. It’s rewarding to see the onerous work repay.
One huge issue for my weight reduction is I constantly log all of my meals and keep below my calorie objective every day. All the pieces I eat and drink, even whether it is zero energy, is logged (I take advantage of the app Lose It!, which I discover works greatest for me, however there are various choices on the market). The second I began gaining weight once more was once I stopped logging my meals, and that is for a few causes. One, logging my meals makes me extra conscious of what I’m consuming. You’ll be stunned by how a lot you eat with out realizing it. A snack right here, some chocolate there — it provides up shortly. Once I log the whole lot, it forces me to be accountable.
Logging my meals additionally forces me to be precise. I prefer to suppose I’m fairly good at eyeballing what a cup of rice seems like, or 4 ounces of steak, or a serving of chips. Enjoyable reality: I’m not. In any respect. The reality is all of us eat rather more meals than we understand. I couldn’t drop extra pounds with out a meals scale. It’s nothing fancy, a easy digital scale that lets me understand how a lot my serving is in grams or ounces. However it’s crucial as a result of I can’t belief my eyes and abdomen, as they are going to deceive me.
This previous week, I had the privilege of talking to certainly one of WebMD’s docs — Dr. Bruni, who focuses on weight reduction — and he or she stated one thing that basically caught with me. She stated, “The older you get, energy are completely different, and the energy I consumed 10 years in the past received’t be utilized in my physique the identical approach now.” I didn’t understand this. I assumed energy had been energy and the much less I devour, the extra I’ll lose. However it’s not that easy. I additionally should be selective in what I eat. So whereas logging and weighing the whole lot is nice, and a necessity, I now have to be extra vigilant in WHAT I eat, not simply how a lot I eat. That might be a problem.
So heading into Week 2, not solely do I have to proceed what I’m doing, however I’ve homework. I have to focus extra on the standard of meals I’m consuming, not simply the amount. Extra importantly, I additionally have to stop making excuses and begin exercising! I see my pal Mark has a head begin on me, so understanding that he’s crushing it on his Peloton is simply the butt-kicking I have to hit the pavement and begin working once more! This cheer dad will NOT be outdone by a softball dad!