On the Front Line
The prescription from my stay in the obesity clinic, where I had extensive testing to analyze the most effective dietary and exercise strategy, is 1800 calories daily (approx. 600 calories per meal) and a minimum of 5 fifteen minute walks per week.
I have since discovered this is the optimum balance. Physiologically I feel comfortable and satisfied, though I still 'suffer' some from habitual eating patterns that needed to be broken. For example, when working in the kitchen, it is always my urge to finish any leftovers, no doubt, from my own deep inner belief that wasting food is sinful.
As I become aware of these urges and work to combat my reflex reactions, I can rationally discuss inside myself the true merit in these traditionally held values. Considering all the pain and suffering, not to mention capital cost, that obese people invest, there is certainly better ways to help the poor... than eating everything on my plate or in the pan.
Instead, a socially conscious individual will come to see the excess is in my need for expedience, fast ultra-convenience and on-demand gratification. Learning to put aside leftovers for some other time, or to better measure portions while cooking and serving, is far more ecological, as well as, compassionate to myself.
If I want to stand on platitudes of charity, donating the funds I save on weekly food budgets would be far more practical, as well as tax deductible. The mind plays clever tricks when rationalizing our addictive patterns.
|Effective dieting requires diligence toward honesty, making a plan and adjusting it based on actual data... not on the spur of the moment, to accommodate impulses.
When first told of the minimum prescription of 5 weekly walks for about 15 minutes, I was unimpressed. In my zeal, I thought this to be far too little, and pictured myself sweat-laden as I bench pressed tons. But since returning back into my lair I have come to see the wisdom in this formula.
It is astonishing how a day can slip by without any aerobic activity at all, and so, having a manageable target assures at least that much is feasible. The simplicity of this plan is its uninterrupting nature, to other more sedimentary life tasks (like using the computer, teaching, driving, sleeping, watching TV, etc.). A fifteen minute walk is not too much to ask and easy to arrange.
When my zeal rises, naturally I can still do my additional Dance Dance Revolution TV game exercises, aerobics, stretches, or longer walks (with the understanding that if I strain myself I am still responsible for at least my fifteen minutes in the following days). It is amusing to see the silly mind games one needs to play to assure even something as simple as 1800 calories per day and 5 fifteen minute walks per week.
But I am training an inner child very stubborn and set in his ways, to a whole new way of viewing both eating and exercising.
Simplicity in design is essential to accommodate the complexity inherent in our modern lives, simplicity and persistent motion towards our pragmatically planned short term goals.
Mine: Lose 4 kilo a month.