You Won’t Change Until You Turn Yourself In!

No one changes unless they want to.  Not if you beg them. Not if you shame them. Not if you use reason, emotion, or tough love.  There’s only one thing that makes someone change: Their own realization that they need to do it.

-Lori Deschene

    This quote speaks volumes to me. For most of my adult life, I was unwilling to change my health. I would readily admit that change was needed. I would even half heartedly ask for help. My wife would beg me to take better care of myself in order to be present for her and for our children, but I was content to guard the status quo. It wasn’t until I was fed-up with myself that thought of not changing actually became more painful than the effort necessary to change.

    If you are at a point in your life that you are ready to make a change for yourself, there is nothing that can stop you. If you need some accountability and a proven path forward, it would be my honor to partner with you.

    The Importance of Hydration for Weight Loss

    Most of us are dehydrated. We know we should drink enough water, but the majority of us still don’t. A report from a CBS News outlet a few years ago noted this:

    Most people know that they are supposed to drink water, but up to 75 percent of Americans may be functioning in a chronic state of dehydration, according to new research.

    “We have a tendency in the U.S. to drink a lot of beverages that are mildly dehydrating,” said Mary Grace Webb, Assistant Director for Clinical Nutrition at New York Hospital.

    Read the full story here.

    CBS Miami

    The report goes on to note that constant hunger could be one indicator that you are dehydrated. (Another reason staying hydrated helps you maintain a healthy weight!)

    * It suppresses your appetite, calorie free and helps you feel full and satisfied.
    * When we feel hungry, 30% of the time we are actually thirsty
    * Helps remove toxins such as pesticides and preservatives from your cells
    * Minimizes fatigue, headaches and unclear thinking
    * Speeds up metabolism, especially if drinking cold water
    * Helps liver convert fat to energy
    * Decreases fluid retention
    * Metabolizes stored fat
    * Helps prevent sagging skin

    Why We Eat Six Small Meals a Day

    Do you know what glycemic index is? Why does that even matter?! How can we utilize this knowledge to help us lose/maintain weight.

    Check out what the founder of my program, Dr. Wayne Andersen, says:

    “The typical Western diet of highly processed, high-glycemic foods causes blood sugar to rise dramatically, increasing insulin levels. This elevated insulin level actually then causes blood sugar to plummet, creating the rapid rise and fall you see in the chart. When insulin levels stay elevated, the body continuously uses glucose for fuel, rather than both glucose and fat. And when it’s not needed as fuel, all that extra energy creates fat cells.”

    When we switch our fuel source from carbs to fat, we not only rid our bodies of excess and harmful fat but we also increase our energy dramatically!

    You Can’t Outrun Your Fork!

    A few years ago, a group of researchers published a wonderful editorial piece in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Titled It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet, the article stirred the pot and highlighted important data on weight loss. The literature highlighted how many sports medicine, physio, and personal training professional are biased to exercise as the primary mode for weight loss. Furthermore, the authors came out and boldly stated that physical activity does not promote weight loss. That’s right, physical activity does not promote weight loss.

    I have spent most of my adult life overweight. I have also been active most of my life. In fact, I have run half marathons and A Super Spartan Race (10 miles through the mud with 28 obstacles) while being 40 pounds overweight with a BMI that classified me as obese. Still, I was not sick, and I did not consider myself fat. I was lying to myself. It’s actually difficult to look at these pictures, not because I am not proud that I finished, because I am. But, I had no business running that race. It is because of moments like this that the they have coined the phrase, “but did you die?” Thankfully, I did not die, and thankfully I have learned that you don’t have to be sick to be unhealthy.

    I used to think that I could exercise my way out of my bad habits, but you can’t outrun your fork. The harder I tried, the more I hurt myself. Torn meniscus, torn Achilles’ tendon, too many aches and pains to list.

    A year and a half ago, I turned myself in to be coached towards optimal health and it has been the best decision I have ever made. I’m so thankful for our program that helped me dial in my nutrition and taught me healthy habits. I feel better now than any time I can remember, and I’m ready to take on fresh adventures. If you are frustrated because no matter how much exercise you do, you still can’t get where you want to be. If you are tired of being overweight and unhealthy and you are ready to be coached towards optimal health. Reach out, I’d be honored to help you!

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