Optimal health is a key part of individuals achieving their goal of a happy life. The largest preventable conditions of people not achieving optimal health is excessive weight, obesity, and inactivity. Complications from obesity, including increased risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, and certain cancers, now account for over 9 percent of all health care costs are reportedly responsible for about 300,000 deaths every year in the United States. Surveys indicate that at least 66 percent of American adults are now overweight or obese.
My life experience includes a long-term struggle with the challenge of obesity and related problems. I share a significant part of that story and how I exchanged bad habits for good habits to get a new lease on life. I would like to help you with your journey to optimal health. It isn’t just about rapid weight loss; it is about developing new habits to replace old habits with habits of health.
To start the process you need to establish where you are in relation to where you need to be. It is imperative that you identify your current situation and your goal in ways that can be measured. What is your Body Mass Index (BMI) and how much weight do you need to get your BMI under 25, the benchmark for health?
Don’t let anyone fool you into believing in magic elixirs or dangerous surgeries. Weight loss is simply a matter of your body utilizing fewer calories than you consume causing the natural physiology of the body to burn off calories stored as fat. You accomplish this through changing habits as described by Dr. Wayne Anderson in his book Dr. A’s Habits of Health.
The primary number you need is your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) or the amount of calories you are burning on a daily basis. I utilized a BodyMedia LINK Armband Weight Management System to determine that my body burns from 2,400 to 3,000 calories a day.
The key to my rapid weight loss was the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan from Take Shape for Life. This plan involved consuming 5 Portion Controlled Meal Replacements (PCMR) and 1 Lean and Green Meal each day. The first 20 weeks on Medifast 5 & 1 Plan I was able to average .44 pounds per day as described in my story.
I have lost weight before, probably more than a thousand pounds. Now the challenge is to maintain my new good habits and never go back to my old life of no stamina and consuming a lot of medications.