Did you know that among us, the boomer generation born between 1945-1955, that 80% of the men and 75% of the women are overweight or obese?
This did not just happen. It is a result.
We are the first generation born into fast food.
We were the first generation where our work lives were stationary. We sat at a desk. We stood in front of a machine or assembly line.
Our entire lives we have watched TV. That is at least 12,000 commercials every year! What did those commercials imprint in our consciousness? Have it your way. Super size it. Things go better with Coke.
Now you know why despite all your efforts you still are overweight.
Live Life Weight Loss Plan
What do you live for?
Stop right now if you think answering that question is about denial or spiritual enlightenment. This is not a trick question. It is a honest question that begins the weight loss process.
Here are some of the items in my list:
- My kids
- Success in making a difference
- Having fun
- Daily happy hours watching sunsets
- Chocolate chip cookies.
So the next question is how do you get all you want? Is that even possible?
That question opened my eyes to how to lose weight, have fun and live more. Because I discovered that you can have it all and still achieve sustained weight loss. I have lost 30 pounds. I have sustained that weight loss. And I did so while enjoying daily happy hours and eating chocolate chip cookies.
The key to doing so was developing a Live Life Weight Loss Plan.
Five Step Live Life Weight Loss Plan
Denial is the cornerstone of all the diets we have tried. Denial is the reason we have failed in these diets.
“No pain, no gain,” is the foundation of all the exercise programs we have started. It is the reason we stopped doing them.
If getting on a scale was the key to weight loss then all of us would be fashion model thin.
So what does work?
Here are the five steps for living life while sustaining weight loss:
Accept Who You Are
Shakespeare wrote, “Unto yourself be true.” So why do you think you can live without your favorite dessert? Why do you think going to a gym to experience pain is sustainable? Accept that you want to live life. Stop tying to achieve weight loss through denial and pain. The next four steps explain how to create a lifestyle where you lose weight, have fun and live more+.
Get Out Of Your Box
Experimentation is key to figuring out how to live life plus sustain weight loss. Why? Because what you are doing now is not working. You have to get outside your box that has made you overweight.
Your current box is eating too many fattening foods. Inside your box you sit too much. You watch way too many commercials.
You need to experiment in these three areas to create a new, sustainable weight loss box:
- Find food that tastes good and is good for you
- Figure out how to play again
- Develop weight loss buddies
Continuous learning sustains weight loss. When I weighted 30 more pounds I never ate fish. I did eat a lot of sandwiches. My idea of eating eating fish was a McDonald’s fish sandwich. Fried fish. Sugary bun. Fat laced sauce. The recipe for weight gain.
Getting outside my box I discovered I could like eating fish. I learned that I could make fish dishes that taste ten times better than a fast food fish sandwich. After a lot of trial and failure I have figured out how to make a very healthy fish taco. I am so proud of myself.
That is the value of continuous learning in sustaining our weight loss! You lose weight. You feel great about yourself. Continuous learning adds variety, fun and satisfaction to the weight loss process.
When we were kids our parents had to yell for us to stop playing and come home for dinner. We have obviously lost that. To achieve sustained weight loss we have to figure out how to play again.
I know a women who rediscovered how much she likes to dance. She goes to dance class. She belongs to a dance group. Do you think she equates dancing to going to a gym for exercise? Of course not. She sees dancing not as exercise but as play. She loves it. Most importantly, she does it as many times a week as see can.
That is your goal. Rediscover what play is for you. I was surprised that the answer for me was riding a mountain bike. I hated riding bikes as a kid. I love it now. I get out there at least every other day. Not to exercise. I do it to play. I use this time to pray. It enriches my life and sustains my weigh loss.
Are you now saying, “I could do this.”
Good. That is a first step. The sustainable next step is to commit. Commitment is a plan of actions.
That is why I wrote the Boomer Generation Diet. It is a blue print for building your Live Life Weight Loss Plan. It provides ten best practices. They are the tools you can use to customize your plan that fits your life, your goals and your situation.
Make a commitment to lose weight, have fun and live more+.
About the author
Bill Roth is a clean tech pioneer who led the team that launched the first hydrogen fueled Prius. He is a featured contributor on Triple Pundit and Latin Business Today. His book, The Secret Green Sauce, has been used by thousands of business people to implement proven green best practices that make money and a difference. Bill’s latest book, The Boomer Generation Diet, is his personal story on how to achieve sustained weight loss while still having fun and living more. The book’s ten customizable best practices are the sustainable solutions to our national weight crisis that threatens our health and medical cost bankruptcy.