Did I get your attention? Surely it did, because many of us, at some point in our lives, have wanted the same thing. Whether ikakasal ka na or may pinopormahan ka, you want to look good – bawasan ang bilbil, iflex ang muscles, etc. So tara, magpapayat na tyo.
Easier said than done, right?
It ain’t easy, believe me, but achievable. I don’t have to look further for an example, I will tell my experience. I’ve successfully trimmed down my weight twice already for the past few years. Starting at 148 pounds, I have successfully trimmed it down to 130 (125 lbs to be exact), in an average of about 4 months. Currently, I am undergoing another weight-loss program that I created, starting at 148 pounds again and after 25 days, my weight is on the 140-pound mark. Not bad, right? And now I am ramping up my program for a higher degree of burn.
I have a good friend, Jeff Poblete (@jeffpoblete), who also got engaged in running a few months ago, and now he’s reaping the reward of exercise and strict diet. Like me, he shed over 20 pounds (I am being conservative with my figures) and I see a Derek Ramsey in him (pare, ok ba?) .Really, he is an inspiration to his fellow runners and currently a good motivator to her long-time partner Beth Gozar (@bethgozar) who also started running recently. They will have a blogsite setup real soon where you can get tips on training, food/diet and more – all for runners and active lifestylers! When it comes to health, you will always be happy for your friends. I am happy for them, and for sure you want your friends to be happy for you too.
Here’s the good news: You can do it also.
How? Remember the two things that will impact your weight: exercise and diet. You have to deal with both if you want a successful weight loss program. Here’s my personal take on this matter:
EXERCISE over DIET
Two-thirds of your efforts (or even more) must be exerted on improving your exercise regime. South beach diet won’t be that effective if you’re not exercising. Exercise improves your metabolism – as I often call it personally, the BURN mechanism. Lots of exercise will improve your body’s burning power. Yes, burning the fried chickens and the steaks that you love to eat.
Keep on exercising regularly and your body will achieve this so-called “burn equilibrium”, where in no matter how much food you eat, your body can burn it appropriately with ease – thus maintaining your weight. I’ve tried that before, eating all I want and maintaining my ideal weight of 135.
Exercise doesn’t necessarily mean enrolling in a gym. If you have the money, then do so. But there’s a lot of alternatives like sports, etc. To give you a tip, of all the activities I’ve done, running and swimming have always been the most effective workout for me to lose weight. So if you have a favorite sport, start doing it again and do it often. “I have no time” is never an excuse for not working out. Even 30 minutes a day can work wonders.
Exercise is one thing, doing it right is another. I will discuss it on future blogs.
HOW ABOUT DIET?
As they always say, eat healthy stuff – and yes, the stuff that tastes boring. Right now most of my menu consists of oatmeal, cereal and lots of fruits. I am not saying that you should limit yours to these, but make it a point that you always eat just the right amount. Short but frequent meals will do the trick, and yes, lots of water before and after meals.
Also, prioritize on nature’s broom – FIBER. If you don’t have a good excretion system, you will have problems later on. Visiting the throne must be often. If you can’t do it at least once a day, it’s time to re-assess the food that you’re taking if it contains enough fiber. It’s not just poop, guys. They are toxins that must be released out of the body.
You don’t even have to spend much for a diet program. Just avoid, as much as possible, processed foods. If you can prepare your meal from fresh and natural ingredients, the better. I am no nutritionist, but I am just keeping it simple. People nowadays have a shorter lifespan, and you guessed it right, at this commercial age, processed food are almost inevitable to take. Convenience with compromise.
Many people depend heavily on diet alone, taking merely crackers for their meals. This is not so good. Even worse, some don’t take any meal at all. Pointless. First, it will have a reverse effect on your metabolism, as it will slow down if there’s nothing really to burn. Think of your digestive system as a flame that needs to be stoked every now and then, give it FUEL for it to burn. No fuel, no flame, less burning power. That simple.
Maybe you’ve lost pounds due to diet alone. Bravo. But really, can you even run 100 meters without stopping? Being thin is different from being toned. Exercise and diet makes you toned. Diet only makes you thin – and it ain’t impressive at all.
Ok, exercise and diet. Again, easier said than done. How can one start, and how can one make this a way of life? I have three D’s to live with:
Drive, purpose, goal, ambition. These are the things that make us do what we need to do. As I have mentioned above, whether ikakasal ka or may pinopormahan ka, you can’t start something without a purpose. For me it’s simple, my drive is for longevity. I want to play with my kids at their teens, even if I am on my late 50’s. I still want to ride a bike and swim like crazy on my 80’s. It is possible. My grandmother still rides the stationary bike at age of 85. I am not surprised because she is a volleyball player back in her days. So what is your purpose for getting slim? Whatever it is, focus on it, and do everything to achieve that.
Never give up. Trimming down takes time. It may be fast for some, and slow for others. The important thing is you’re doing it. Fueled by your drive to lose weight, determination will always follow. No pain, no gain. Quit now, and you’ll achieve nothing.
Of all the three, this is the hardest to deal with. Yes, you may have plotted your training program and prepared your meals for the week, but without discipline, you will end up jogging in bed and munching Cheetos while watching TV.
The only thing sweating then is your jaw. Good job.
Discipline entails a lot of sacrifice and mind power. It is really hard to say no (I am guilty of that from time to time) but it has to be done. Bumawi ka na lang on your cheat day.
So that’s it. It is never too late to regain your health consciousness and be the master of your own weight. How does it feel if you know deep inside that you can always shed those belly fats whenever you choose to? Great, right? It is your body. It is your health. No one will take care of that for you except yourself.
I wrote this with the intent of helping my friends and relatives to raise awareness on their health by watching the food they take and the pounds they gain. Health is wealth. Please share to your friends and loved ones. J