During this relapse, I am often asked what my goals are for weight loss. Those of you who have been following my blog and YouTube channel are aware my focus is
primarily on improving overall fitness levels. However, yes I want to drop weight, but improving my health is the overriding desire. Body weight, body fat, clothing size and body habitus are tools utilized in monitoring that improvement.
I do have a goal weight; it may change the closer I get to it, depending on how I feel, how clothing fits, etc… I use the target weight to assist me in achieving my overall intention.
The next question I usually get asked is “When do you want to reach that goal?” My answer is always the same,
“Whenever I get there.”
I receive many other questions, but for the most part, people don’t believe that I don’t have a set date by which to lose weight. I further explain that having a set date is pointless, because my overall goal isn’t simply the number on the scale. However, I elaborate, clarifying that when people set a date or an event, to reach their goal, what usually occurs is a letdown, sometimes brief, other times so bad that it leads to rebounding and recidivism.
I have also been accused of losing weight too fast at certain times. I give a perplexed look and then I ask a simple question, “Why?” The answer back is always the same, “Because they say you shouldn’t lose weight too fast.” If you have read either edition of my book, you will know how I feel about them, but I won’t go there today.
Simply put, I do nothing drastically differently when I am dropping weight compared to when I am maintaining. I don’t starve myself, I don’t sit endlessly in a sauna and I don’t work out any differently. I eat my meals, which usually are between four and six feedings a day, I jog, skip rope, do sprints and lift weights in some combination every day, regardless of my body weight. The only slight alteration in my diet is that I add back in some fruit as I near my target weight, and when I am maintaining, I add a little additional fruit and some naturally occurring, unprocessed starches like a sweet potato or yam. The only changes in my exercise may be a little more distance, heavier weights and quicker and longer sessions — but that is simply because I am in better physical condition, it is part of the process of getting in shape, once you’re there, the body adapts by being able to do more work.
Since the overall objective is improved fitness, to improve health, to live a better life — don’t get wrapped up on a set date or some event — get focused on a lifetime change and remember weight loss is a side effect of fitness; fitness is not the end result of weight loss.
Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,
************The information contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.************
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