The very idea that you can have fun while losing weight sounds crazy. Losing weight is all about denial. It is about eating things we don’t like. It is about exercising and pain.
WRONG. The breakthrough research in my new book, The Boomer Generation Diet, is that having fun is critical to sustained weight loss success.
Yes…we can have fun and lose weigh. In fact, my research has identified that having fun is critical to losing weight.
Reduced Stress = Reduced Weight
Research confirms that stress causes weight gain. Think about how stressful going on a diet is. Now you know why we try diets, fail and too often end up weighing more!
So how do you make dieting not stressful? My secret sauce consists of two key ingredients. They are cheating and exercise.
Cheating is key to dieting success
I absolutely do not have the will power to abstain from desserts or happy hour. I love having fun with people at parties. I love being with friends and loved ones during sunset happy hours. Any diet that says I have to give up these joys of life are diets I will fail with.
How to cheat and still lose 1-3 months month after month is one of the key breakthrough best practices in my weight loss success that I write about in my book The Boomer Generation Diet.
One key to successful cheating is to have strong criteria for how you select food around the principal of eating good for you food that you like to eat. The key is to have a list of foods you like to eat, that are good for you and that you can eat in such volumes that you never go hungry. When we are not fighting hunger pains and when we are eating foods we like to eat then we are less likely to go off the diet reservation.
When we do get off our diet it is because we want to! We cheat because it is a reward we need to enjoy our lives. We cheat knowing there is no weight gain harm because we have made life choices that are healthy and promote weight loss.
Exercise empowers cheating
Exercise lets me cheat on my diet. I use exercise to burn enough calories to allow me to cheat, within reason, and still lose weight.
But that sounds like a trade off between the pain/stress of exercising and the joy of cheating. A second major breakthrough best practice in my book is how we can make exercise fun, rather than a painful or stressful experience.
Why do we not sustain a calorie-burning exercise program? The answers I hear most of the time are:
- I don’t have time
- Exercising is too much like work…it is stressful
- I hate looking out of place with all the jocks at the gym.
I can summarize all those answers in one word…stress! Who needs more stress? So why exercise if it takes up more of our limited time? Why exercise if it is uncomfortable at best and potentially painful? Why feel like the fifth wheel at the gym? The key to turning this around is to figure out how to make exercise as much fun as cheating!
Rediscover how to play outside
When we were kids most of our childhood neighborhoods were defined by parents yelling for us to stop playing and come to dinner. When we were kids we felt we didn’t have enough time to play. It is time for all of us to rediscover the fun of playing outside.
Playing outside (yeah…like when we were kids) is one of my best practices for having fun while losing weight. A key first step for me was taking a daily walk. In my case it was walking my little dog Cooper. (Did you know, like us, that HALF of our dogs are overweight?)
Cooper has a blast walking, sniffing and chasing any squirrel or lizard dumb enough to cross our paths. I have fun participating in Cooper’s joy of being outdoors. This doesn’t feel like exercise because it is so much fun. But it is really good exercise because we walk about 30 minutes. I burn calories, breath some fresh air and relax.
An absolute best practice for achieving sustained weight loss is to stop thinking like an adult. Rediscover being a kid again. Go outside your daily schedule to explore for how to have fun outside. Figuring out how to have fun playing like walking, riding a bike, jazzercise, swimming or doing aerobic classes is the fast track to feeling better and achieving sustained weight loss.
Go be a kid again. Have fun. Lose weight. Live more+.
About the author
Bill Roth is the author of The Boomer Generation Diet, now on sale at Amazon! Here’s what Jen Boynton, Editor in Chief of Triple Pundit says about the book: ”Written in Bill Roth’s lovable, relatable tone. The Boomer Generation Diet is a must-read for any Boomer who is looking to jumpstart their health and have fun at the same time. I hope my parents read it!” Follow Bill on Twitter and Facebook.