The QiRanger Adventures

2009: Shedding the Past

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It’s 2009, and if you’re like millions of Americans, or for that matter, one of many around the globe, you’ve resolved to lose a few extra pounds this year. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, over 400 million people are classified as obese. The problem with this term, is that it’s an arbitrary label for someone over a specific value that a doctor determines is an ideal weight.

Prior to leaving to Korea, I weighed in at 215 pounds. According to most documents, 205 was my maximum weight mark. The weight of 215 put me into the obese category. I will admit, I was a bit heavy, but obese was not a word that I would have used to describe me.

However, while in Korea, I went from 215 down to a low point weight of 185 – something I hadn’t weighed since high school. Looking at me now, the weight of 185 is way too low, and I’ve started a process of gaining a little extra to put me back up to the 195 margin. But how did I lose 30 pounds in six months? It was easy.

I didn’t try.

Losing weight and maintaining it isn’t about dieting, it’s about changing your lifestyle. Experts have all sorts of ideas how you can lose weight, but few give you something practical. So here’s the real deal. Here’s something that works and is easy to do. If you follow this plan, you’ll lose weight.

First, you have to want to lose weight. I mean, you have to really want to do this. It isn’t easy and it isn’t fast.

Second, you need to stop counting calories. It really serves no purpose. Most diet planners turn in to dictators when figuring out what you can and cannot eat in order to lose weight. In the long run, it really doesn’t matter. There are, however, a few things that do make a difference. You have to eat less. That means no snacking and no large portions. It also means no booze. It’s the last one that really gets you.

Alcohol packs on the pounds for two reasons. First, it disengages the “fullness” reflex, thus making you want to eat more, since your body no longer believes it is satiated. Secondly, it is nothing more than liquid calories that are going to be dialed into your gut.

The last ingredient to lose weight is exercise. Walk at a brisk pace for an hour or two around five days each week. This will put you at walking about 6 to 8 miles a day and burning enough calories and fat to make a difference. Aerobic exercise is great, but in the long run, only aids a little in the so called battle of the bulge.

In summation… life is grand and don’t go overboard with anything in particular. Experience life to its fullest, but limit its excesses.



Written by Steve Miller

January 3, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Posted in Exercise

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  1. And at this point I cannot help but think I’m not like millions of Americans.

    Infact I’ve shyed away from New Years Resolutions entirely. I made plans for 2009 back in November. And losing weight wasn’t one of those.

    John Lacey

    January 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm

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