Welcome my fellow Eat. Live. Be. peeps. Can you believe it’s WEEK 7 already?! My how time has flown. Now before I forget, I was supposed to do my status update last week and it slipped my mind. As you may know, Sarah and I are in a friendly competition to see who is going to lose 40 lbs first. She thinks she has a chance. Let me say it in black and white, just as Nick used to when he was four: No way, Jose. As of last week’s update, I was at a 6 pound weight loss since we started ELB. Hard to stop a moving train, ya know? Booyah!
This week, our topic was sharing celebrity fitness tips, recipes and the like, and I haven’t made the rounds yet, but I’m sure we all interpreted this one from every angle of the spectrum. Dr. Oz may not be the first person you think of when it comes to “celebrity” and “fitness,” but he is definitely at the forefront of getting people interested in their health again. I am a big fan of his method in explaining how things work and what we need to do to take better, more complete, care of ourselves. He breaks it down in easy-to-digest laymen terms that basically leaves us no excuse but to listen and pay attention. Growing up, my Dad always said, “It’s simple. Eat less, move more.” I will, of course, never tell him, but he was definitely on to something. Kind of the same way Dr. Oz explains it. We all know what we should be doing. Actually doing it is another story entirely.
Dr. Oz’s 10 Commandments for Weight Loss Success is another prime example of breaking things down in the easiest manner possible.
1. Thou Shalt Not Wear Pants that Stretch
Your clothing is an early-warning system for weight gain. When it’s getting hard to snap your jeans, you know it’s time to be vigilant. Wearing stretchy clothes allows you to live in ignorance of how your body is growing, making it easier to pack on pounds without knowing it.
2. Thou Shalt Not Keep Fat Clothes in Your Closet
When you keep the clothes you wore at an unhealthy weight, it gives you a back-up plan if the pounds don’t come off. Instead, force yourself to stay on track by 86ing your “fat pants.”
3. Thou Shalt Not Eat Meat That Walks on Four Legs More Than Once a Week
Meat that comes from an animal with 4 legs is higher in saturated fat (the unhealthy kind) than that which comes from 2-legged animals such as chickens, or animals with no legs, like fish. Plus: women who eat large amounts of red meat more than once a week have a 50% higher chance of dying from heart disease and have higher cancer rates.
4. Thou Shalt Not Graze
Plan your meal before you open the refrigerator, get what you need, and close the door. Opening it throughout the day leads to impulsive choices and overeating.
5. Thou Shalt Not Eat After 7:30pm
When you eat late at night you are more likely to be eating in front of the TV (when you won’t pay attention to how much you’re putting in your mouth) and you’re more likely to pick high-calorie snacks.