Sustainable Healthy Weight in 2013

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Next week marks the 20th annual Healthy Weight Week in conjunction with the Healthy Weight Network.  The Fit After Fifty Team specifically wants to emphasize healthy weight as it relates to a lifestyle to fight obesity.  Let’s face it, obesity doesn’t occur overnight, rather, it’s a result of accumulative behaviors.  Why should we expect to solve it any other way, SUSTAINABLY, except through accumulating HEALTHY behaviors?!

If you or someone you know was in the category of people saying: “This year, I a plan to lose weight and get fit…”  (Well, hopefully you were more specific with your goals than this!)  Have you checked in with your goals now that we’re half way into the month? Now is as good a time as any to schedule time with yourself to check your progress towards those goals. Fit After Fifty extracted the following tips from people who struggled and came out successful with similar goals of fitness and weight loss. Keep in mind, this is a long-term project…”This is my life. It’s a lifeSTYLE I seek…NOT a quick fix.”  It’s Behavior Change 101.

*Move SLOWLY – Baby Steps – but keep moving

*Expect, accept & learn from failures

*Be patient

*Move SLOWLY – Baby Steps – but keep moving

 

Check out a quick clip from a radio interview we did with KPQ-AM Seattle WA:

 

And what about the other end of the spectrum as it relates to Healthy Weight Week…

Have you heard of the phrase, “skinny fat”?   FitBehavior endorses & encourages active, healthy living.  It’s not necessarilyabout what it reads on the scale.  Did you know, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association that nearly 1 in 4 skinny people have pre-diabetes and are “metabolically obese”?!  It basically boils down to being “under lean but over fat–not enough muscle and too much fat (especially belly fat).  If you fit into this category, no pun intended, you should equally address your lifestyle and how to incorporate healthier calorie-intake, as well as movement, specifically that which produces more muscle and increases metabolism to burn fat. (i.e.  Hit the weights!)  Start slowly with some body-resistance strength-training and work up to adding more resistance as your body adapts.

Whether you fall into either of these categories or someone in the middle, consider how your New Year’s resolutions can help you make sustainable changes over time…keep it realistic and enjoy the journey (failures and all)!

 

Source: Hyman, Mark MD, “Are You a Skinny Fat Person? 10 Steps to Cure the Skinny Fat Syndrome”, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/skinny-fat_b_1799797.html

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