You know the scene in the movie Network where Peter Finch leans out the window and yells, “We're mad as hell, and we're not going to take this anymore!”??
That’s how I am!
I constantly overhear–and people tell me to my face–the most illogical and skewed views about food and asset moving.
People, I don’t know where you get your "logic" from but the fact that you have more body fat than you know what to do with, you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, low energy and many unexplained aches and ailments tell me that this "logic" just “aint workin’ for ya!”
I could write an entire book about some of the crazy excuses you have for not moving your assets as well as the total confusion you have about what foods to actually avoid.
Oh wait, I am writing that book.
For example, you’ve told me:
1. “I can’t lift weights. I’ll look like Arnold.”
2. “You’ll be so proud of me. I started walking.”
3. “You’ll be so proud of me. I didn’t eat the tortilla on my burrito!” (But you scarfed a cup of sour cream instead!)
You’ll read more about your gripes (excuse me, your “concerns”) in my upcoming book, Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank. For now I want to focus on just one of them because of a new study just released:
4. “You’ll be so proud of me. I’m once again on the latest and greatest starve-your-assets diet and I’m going to lose 20 pounds in the first week!”
What you forgot to add is, “I will probably gain it back and lose it again and again, but don’t worry. I'll go on the latest and greatest fad diet again and again and lose and gain weight again and again. My bones, muscles and connective tissue will just love the stress that I’m repeatedly placing and then removing from them!”
I want you to picture something.
Picture your favorite exercise socks. The go-to ones that you could wear every day and never get tired of.What would happen if one day you went to put on said fav socks but your size 8 feet were suddenly size 12? You could probably make the socks stretch to fit.
How do you think those poor socks would react? After a while the elastic (hmmm, maybe the muscles, bones and connective tissue I was previously referring to) would give out and not function properly resulting in pain and (duh) dysfunction.
Okay, maybe elastic doesn’t suffer many aches, but wake up people: I’m referring to your body!
Here are some excerpts from a research study released just last week that proves how absolutely dangerous this is to your health:
When you’re postmenopausal and overweight, losing weight is a good thing, but gaining back just a few pounds may actually be detrimental to your cardiovascular health. [Note from Bethy: Did you catch that? "Just a few pounds"!]
New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found that gaining weight back after intentional weight loss is associated with negative long-term effects on some cardiometabolic (CM) risk factors in postmenopausal women.
“For women who had regained weight in the year after their weight loss,” said Dr. Kristen Beavers, “several risk factors were actually worse than before they lost the weight."
When postmenopausal women lose weight and gain it back, they regain it mostly in the form of fat, rather than muscle. [Note from Bethy: Don's miss that last part!]
“Our data suggest that for postmenopausal women, even partial weight regain following intentional weight loss is associated with increased cardiometabolic risk. Conversely, maintenance of or continued weight loss is associated with sustained improvement in the cardiometabolic profile,” Dr. Beavers said.
“The take-away message for overweight older women ,” she added, “is to approach weight loss as a permanent lifestyle change, with weight maintenance just as important as weight loss."
Note from Bethy: DUH! This is the whole reason you’ve forced me into writing Move Your Assets: From the Chair Not the Bank!
You can read more results from this study here.
So to fitness instructors everywhere who are leaning out their windows this very moment yelling, “We’re not going to take this anymore!” I say, "Don’t worry, comrades! I feel your frustration! The purpose of my book is to slap the skewed and ignorant (as well as unsupported and unsubstantiated) thoughts, gripes and behavior upside its ugly head…"