Monday, July 06, 2009

Save your life..

Gastro-intestinal bypass surgery. The Atkins Diet. The Zone Diet. The South Beach Diet. The Cabbage Soup Diet. The Jenni Craig Diet. Liposuction.

Obesity is as American as apple pie. (Alamode, of course!)

It's been said that 2/3rds of Americans are overweight. The truth of the matter, of course, is that we're not overweight. One cannot be overweight…you weigh what you weigh, whether it's over or under someone else's ideals.

But if we're not overweight then, what are we?

We are, quite simply, fat…

America is full of fat people. Land of the Free (free to shove anything in our mouths) and Home of the Brave (brave enough to keep doing it). There's a serious downslide taking place in contemporary America---a nation swamped by data and worthless video images, with sales pitches and deceitful political ads. The economy is also heading south (not that that is news). But none of the nationwide troubles can compare to our individual health, or lack thereof. We are a land full of people with little regard for their personal well-being, seemingly stuck with low levels of self-esteem and self-respect. And how can we earn one another's respect if we don't even respect our own selves---our bodies---the only thing we'll possess from birth to death?

Though you'd think we’d be used to it by now I still gaze in utter disbelief at those who walk from their oversized cars to their oversized Mondo-Marts, filling their oversized carts with oversized containers of crap. And crap it is! I truly believe if people ate as they were designed to they'd never get this fat. If people ate as though their life depended on it – they’d stop eating just because they can.

Yes, many have emotional problems attached to the eating (to which I say please get help for that – you can not do it on your own). But many just eat because it tastes good and they are greedy.. It’s the greedy ones this blog post is geared towards.

So the save your life diet.. Here's how it works…

1) You exercise. A lot. Naturally, a lot, when you've been doing none whatsoever, might be very little. All the same, you need to at least attempt to work up a sweat. Sweat, after all, is a good indicator of work, just as panting is. Start panting and drop a pant size! Of course, in order to exercise, you must "find the time". But this is the thing: the time is there, all right. And if it isn't, your time will run out that much sooner.

2) When you're hungry, you eat. But! There's a catch! You're only allowed to ingest real food. "Real food" is food that was recently ALIVE and was available only to our caveman brethren: vegetables, meats, eggs, fish, fruit, nuts, seeds and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I kid about that last one, of course.

3) When you're not hungry - get this - you DON'T eat. Hunger is a signal that you should probably eat. Appetite, on the other hand, is not..Requiring and desiring calories are two distinctly different things. Develop an understanding on the difference between the two and recognize when you require food, not when you desire it. By the way, you NEVER require chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

4) You are to drink lots of water, and only water. Frappuccinos, soda pops, smoothies, shakes, teas, alcohol, juices and other liquids should not replace your daily water requirements. Your body is nearly 2/3rds water and you need to maintain this balance.

There it is… Four straightforward points that may SAVE YOUR LIFE. And if it doesn't it's probably because you waited too long to start..

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