Before we talk about today’s topic of addressing this year’s number one resolution, I wanted you to know that this is the last Aging No More newsletter.
We’re updating the newsletter and changing the title to Dan Hammer Health. With this change we’re also going to Mail Chimp as our newsletter provider. This will all happen on the 22nd when the next newsletter comes out.
Which brings me to today’s topic.
That’s what a New Year Resolution is all about. Changing the way you do things to improve your life.
Statistically 45% of Americans make at least one New Year Resolution. That’s a lot of people. And this year the number one resolution is weight loss.
Which doesn’t surprise me since 60% of Americans are overweight and 30% are clinically obese.
Now I’m not here to tell you what weight management program to use (Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, etc.) because it doesn’t matter. Most people who go on a weight management program typically gain all the weight back.
You lose weight. You gain it back. You go on another diet and lose weight. You go off the diet and gain it back.
BUT YOU CAN STOP THIS RESOLUTION MADNESS!
I’ve two tips to share with you to help you insure your success this time. Regardless of the program you choose, if you incorporate these two tips into your lifestyle, then you’ll increase your success in losing the weight.
And more importantly keeping it off.
Tip 1 – Drink Water!
This is the number one rule for having success in weight management control. Today, the average American drinks 1.5 cans of soda per day. That represents 230 calories per day. You might be thinking “BIG deal it’s only 230 calories!”
Well, it is a “BIG DEAL!”
Let’s say you’ve experienced a 2-pound weight gain over the last 4 weeks. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. If you divide 7000 calories by 28 days you are consuming an extra 250 calories per day. By switching from soda to water, which has zero calories, you could almost wipe out your extra 250 calories per day. Just this one simple tip applied on a consistent basis would stop your weight gain.
BONUS TIP: Add Liquid Chlorophyll to your water. It will taste better. Which will help you drink more water. And the Liquid Chlorophyll will improve your blood chemistry while Alkalizing your system, which is what your body prefers for optimal health.
Tip 2 – No Calorie Consumption Two Hours Before Bedtime!
The second most important rule is not to eat or drink calorie containing items two hours before bedtime.
Because in most cases it will force your body to use its stored fat while you sleep. Let me illustrate this tip.
A typical snack for many people could be a microwave bag of popcorn and a can of soda to wash it down. A 3.5 ounce bag of microwave popcorn is 170 calories. Wash this down with a 12 ounce soda at 150 calories and you have a caloric intake of 320 calories.
A 175 lb. individual will expend approximately 70 calories per hour while they sleep. Assuming the national average for sleep, which is 6.5 hours, their caloric expenditure would be 455 calories. Most of their snack calories ended up fueling their sleep needs.
However, let’s repeat this scenario but with two changes. First, you replace the 12 ounce soda with water. (Or better yet with Liquid Chlorophyll.) Second, you eat your bag of microwave popcorn at least two hours before bedtime. Total caloric consumption is now 170 calories. The average 175 lb. adult expends 72 calories per hour watching TV in the up right position.
So if you watch two hours of TV while sitting up you would use 144 calories, almost all of your snack. This would allow you to enter your sleep phase with only the calories remaining from your dinner meal. Unless you really overate for dinner, your body will use up all your dinner calories. Better yet, if your evening meal was light, then at some point your body would begin using its stored fat as an energy source. This would result in loss of body fat while you’re sleeping.
The consistent application of these two tips are the foundation to any successful weight management program. Plus they’ll help you live a healthier life.