I give you the man who needs no further introduction & who put his own unique twist on our MizFit Food Musing Thursday.
How do you eat an Elephant?
Question: I have around 100 pounds to lose. I am questioning the best way to start a program with so much weight to drop. I have never tried to lose weight before and I am ready. I am turning 30 next month and I am only 4 feet 10 inches. My main concern is what will happen to my skin when I start dropping weight. I don’t have to money to surgically remove the extra skin. Can you help me?
– Overweight and worried
Answer: Have you ever heard the anecdote: How do you eat an elephant?… One bit at a time. Well that’s the way you need to lose fat. Take bites out of the fat and not worry about how much you have to lose. The number 100 alone is over whelming when dealing with anything even if you liked to do it. If I told you to go run 100 miles, would you be able to do it?…probably not. How about eat 100 cupcakes…maybe you would try, but again…probably not. Riding 100 miles on your bike?…probably, not.
Now if I told you that it was a cumulative goal and you would only have to walk, eat, ride only five of whatever you needed to do it would be much easier to accomplish. We as a society take on too much and expect it now…fuggettaboutit…it’s not going to happen. Set a plan up that allows you to perform full body strength training movements, throw in some interval training and exercise portion control and you can plan on 1.3 pounds of body fat shedding your body each week. Think about it in 6 week intervals and set each six week goal to lose 7.8 pounds and in one year you will have lost 67.6 pounds. I’m not saying all this is easy but it is easier to digest losing 7.8 pounds every 6 weeks than worrying about 100 pounds that will never come off because you view it as a mountain to high to climb.
Thanks Rocco. You’re a character for sure & (at least we like to think so anyway) you’re our character. Welcome to the Bumbling Band.