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Tuesday, 04/12/16 - Losing Weight & Dieting What Works & What Doesn't?

We're winding down our 'Made To Crave' series this August and starting a new 6 weeks Bible Study series with Lysa TerKuerst called 'UNGLUED' September 8th through October 6th. Our GROUP meets in the ONEchapel Lake Travis Fitness room -

6:30 work out -

DVD Study & discussion starts at 7:05 pm.  Healthy Snacks and door prizes! 

Contact me for information.  

Here's a message that came in from one of our Jesus Girlies after sending out the article on weight and dieting below:

“This is an awesome article. Especially focusing on the quality of foods. Thank you. Since we met you, I've been cutting out gluten, dairy and refined sugars. I finally started to lose. I'm truly inspired by your story.” Tara Alexander – ONEchapel Austin

 

Losing Weight & Dieting What Works & What Doesn't?

So HOW have I stayed so thin for over 8 plus years and all these people who are taking all these diet products and drinks, gimmicks, diet programs are all over weight? Why on earth would anyone listen to them when they are still over weight?     Do these products really work long term?  Well if they did work there wouldn't be such an obesity epidemic would there?  Is anyone really changing their lifestyle habits?  Most likely sadly they are just looking for another quick fix. 

Dieting does not work long term but focusing on eating and living a healthy lifestyle does!  Yes it’s true anyone can lose weight on any diet program or with any fad diet product. Losing weight is not the issue GAINING weight is and I'm living proof of this.

In the study below (see link), researchers asked 35 obese postmenopausal women to eat a diet very similar to the one I have been eating for years. It focused on lean meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and healthy fats like olive oil (I also use coconut oil pretty much daily) and avocado and it cut out dairy products, cereals, refined fats, and sugar.  This is exactly what I’ve done for 8 years now (including eliminating wheat) and I started losing the extra weight and inches and have kept it off 8 years.

It’s important to note too that I never did and still do not obsess on losing weight; my focus has always been on living a healthy lifestyle.  I do not count points or calories either, just focus on eating healthy.  Same goes for my fitness goals.  I focus on doing it for my health, to feel better, have more energy, more mental clarity and sense of well-being, bone health, etc.
 

Over the two years of this particular study below the women eating this same way I’ve been eating for 8 years- lost weight, improved their cholesterol profile, and lowered their risk of diabetes and heart disease. And they did it without having to count calories or points. What tends to happen when people get caught up in counting calories, points, budgeting their food, etc., is they become restrained, deprived and sometimes even bored. When that happens they fall off the diet, go back to their usual eating habits and eventually gain all the weight back plus more.  

It’s also important not to skip meals and only eating once a day.  That is a sure setup for gaining weight, especially when you are eating all your meals in the evening.  It’s best to eat breakfast as close to 10 am as possible, eat lunch and then a light dinner. If you need a snack during the day eat some protein.  Diet foods are also not a good way to lose weight and keep it off.  They are usually not only filled with carbs, they are also filled with artificial sweeteners which can actually cause weight gain.

Back when I was 155 to 160 lbs size 14 to 12 at 5’3”, working out 5 days a week usually for an hour or more at a time, I could not lose the weight no matter how much or what sort of exercise I was doing.  It was not until I changed my eating habits for life that the weight started to come off and has stayed off over 8 years. Now I’m 116 lbs, size 6 and 4 and exercise 3 to 4 days a week for about 40 minutes. So yes I’ve walked the talk and know what works and what doesn’t so why don't more people listen and follow my advice?  Again sadly I just don't have any quick fix gimmicks to offer them.
 

If you’re thinking that it’s too late for you to change your habits, think again! It doesn’t matter either if you’re in your 40s, 50s, or 60s or even older. You can lose weight, feel younger, and dramatically reduce your risk of diseases of aging. And it all starts with two little words: YOU CAN! 

The diet used in the study included lean meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries, with rapeseed, olive oils and avocado as additional fat sources. It excluded dairy products, cereals, added salt and refined fats and sugar.  "You're basically eliminating all processed and simple carbohydrates, which we know is one of the exacerbation's or causes of overweight, obesity and insulin resistance," Apovian said.

Here’s the full article on the study:  http://healthfinder.gov/News/Article.aspx?id=709573

To Your Best Health!

Sue

Sue Seward

Health - Wellness - Fitness Coach






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