This submit seems as a part of our More healthy 2021 collection, wherein we observe three WebMD crew members as they try to enhance their well being this yr. You may observe their journeys here.
By Invoice Kimm
“Seems to be like I picked the incorrect 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 some pounds and get wholesome. If there was ever a time to emphasize eat and possibly get pleasure from just a few grownup drinks, the primary week of 2021 might have been it.
However, I’m blissful 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 intention for enchancment subsequent week.
I misplaced 8 kilos! I do know that’s a giant quantity for one week, and I can’t count on that each week, however nonetheless — I LOST 8 POUNDS! As I mentioned final week, I understand how to do that, I simply have to DO it. It’s rewarding to see the arduous work repay.
One massive issue for my weight reduction is I persistently log all of my meals and keep beneath my calorie aim every day. Every thing 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 lots of choices on the market). The second I began gaining weight once more was after 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’d be stunned by how a lot you eat with out realizing it. A snack right here, some chocolate there — it provides up rapidly. After I log every little thing, it forces me to be accountable.
Logging my meals additionally forces me to be precise. I prefer to assume I’m fairly good at eyeballing what a cup of rice seems to be 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 way more meals than we understand. I couldn’t drop some 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 may deceive me.
This previous week, I had the privilege of chatting with one in every of WebMD’s medical doctors — Dr. Bruni, who focuses on weight reduction — and he or she mentioned one thing that actually caught with me. She mentioned, “The older you get, energy are totally different, and the energy I consumed 10 years in the past received’t be utilized in my physique the identical means now.” I didn’t understand this. I believed energy have been energy and the much less I eat, the extra I’ll lose. However it’s not that straightforward. I additionally need to be selective in what I eat. So whereas logging and weighing every little thing is nice, and a necessity, I now must be extra vigilant in WHAT I eat, not simply how a lot I eat. That can 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 buddy Mark has a head begin on me, so realizing 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!