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Real Life Weight Loss Stories

Real Life Weight Loss Stories

Typically people have one of two reactions when they see or hear an amazing story. Either they dismiss the possibility of ever achieving anything above average or they are inspired to dream and believe that something amazing is possible for them. I celebrate you if you fall into the latter group and am sure you will find inspiration as you see and hear these real life weight loss stories. -Coach Mike


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Get Mad About Obesity

Get Mad About Obesity

Why get mad about obesity when there are so many other issues competing for our ire? The first of two very good reasons is the impact it has on our community. The second is the unhappy outcome you could endure if you fall prey to this epidemic. (See next week’s blog for part 2.)

Let’s talk about the community. It is estimated depending on the source that between 100,000-400,000 people die in America each year as a result of complications arising from obesity. (There is a political agenda behind the discrepancy because if obesity surpasses tobacco as the number one preventable cause of death, then those research institutions and focus groups will receive greater government funding than the former bla bla bla.)

Regardless of preventable cause of death whether it is tobacco, drunk driving or obesity it certainly is a waste of life.

Most studies show an increase in mortality rates associated with obesity. Individuals who are obese have a significantly increased risk of death from all causes, compared with healthy weight individuals. The increased risk varies by cause of death, and most of this increased risk is due to cardiovascular causes. Obesity is associated with over 112,000 excess deaths due to cardiovascular disease, over 15,000 excess deaths due to cancer, and over 35,000 excess deaths due to non-cancer, non-cardiovascular disease causes per year in the U.S. population, relative to healthy-weight individuals. (The Weight-Control Information Network)

The conclusion of the above mentioned study is there are 162,000 deaths associated with obesity. Compare that to the 10,228 people who died in alcohol related traffic accidents in 2010. There is plenty of community outrage and political focus on this drunk driving issue. Don’t you think there needs to be a proportional level of concern when conservatively there are over 15 times the deaths from obesity? Maybe we need a new grass roots movement like Mothers Against Obese Politicians (MAOP), or obese mothers (MAOM), or obese kids (MAOK).

As you look at the numbers below, think about who pays for Medicare, Medicaid and contributes to the risk pool for private insurance.

For each obese beneficiary:

  • Medicare pays $1,723 more than it pays for normal-weight beneficiaries.
  • Medicaid pays $1,021 more than it pays for normal-weight beneficiaries.
  • Private insurers pay $1,140 more than they pay for normal-weight beneficiaries.

The problem is urgent and you should get mad about obesity because according an article by Dr. Maureen Braun that in the not too distant future over half of Americans will be obese. If this scenario plays out, our medical system will become overloaded with 6 million new cases of diabetes, 5 million cases of heart disease and stroke and more than 400,000 cases of cancer which in laymen’s terms will screw everything up.

The best thing to do when you get mad about obesity is to get educated, take personal responsibility for yourself and then be a positive influence on those around you. Finally you can join our grass roots mission to help Americans get healthy again.

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Paul’s Dream

As children, we all had dreams. “When I grow up I want to be _____.” Then we grew up! This gentleman grew up to become a mobile phone salesman but Paul’s dream was to sing opera. I’d bet he took some teasing or ribbing from many of the people he dared share is inner desires with. Has anyone ever taken a shot at you for dreaming? Is your dream buried or is it still alive in your heart? (I rejoice with you if you are living your dream.) Dreams do come to pass. Hold fast to yours. Enjoy the video!

Inspiration and Fun...

You might be asking yourself what does inspiration and fun have to do with weight-loss and health. It's the garnish and spice to optimal living. Communicate with me privately (immediately below) or publish your thoughts on the web in the "Speak Your Mind" box at the bottom of the page.

Inevitably Failure Tests Us All

Inevitably failure tests us all. The question is, “how will you respond”. And maybe it’s not testing you today, but will you show compassion? It’s my hope you will find inspiration for both as you invest 3 minutes and 15 seconds of your precious time to view this video.


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Exercise is NOT the answer

Exercise is not the answer if you are looking to lose weight. Changing your diet is. Don’t get me wrong, exercise is key for health and vitality, but for some reason many people believe they can exercise off fat. It could be marketing strategies by gyms and fitness magazines or maybe people just don’t want to admit that change and discipline regarding what goes on the plate is non-negotiable.

Why is it so difficult to break away from foods that actually are detrimental to your health? It’s a combination of things including habits (that can be changed), environment (that can be influenced), lack of education (that can be remedied), culture (including family and work life), stress and food science.

Food science? Absolutely! Do you really think it’s an old family recipe that make the french fries so irresistible? And did you ever try eating “just one” of those chips? Sugar, salt and fat are magic ingredients. Combined properly, they can make food irresistible. Toss in some msg (monosodium glutamate) and some extra hfcs (high fructose corn syrup) now you have a real dish!

If you think exercise is the answer to weight loss consider a male 42 pounds overweight. At 3500 calories a pound, that’s 147,000 extra calories stored in fat. One resource estimates that running a marathon burns 2600 calories and that said male would have to run 56 marathons to burn off excess weight. How practical or effective is that?

So, what is the answer to losing weight? First of all a reality check reveals that even though it’s culturally and socially acceptable to be overweight it is extremely detrimental to your health. After that, get educated. Almost everyone I talk to says “they know how to eat healthy”. Really? Learn to read labels. Figure out your basic daily calorie requirement. Realize that all calories are not created equal. Begin to make (small) positive changes to your routine, environment and diet. Make intellectual choices that support quality of life and health rather than short sighted palate driven choices that lead to sickness. Then a funny thing begins to happen. You soon you begin to crave those beneficial foods that fuel your body and support health and you’ll be wondering why you did not begin this journey sooner.

The change you want for optimal health is not only possible, it’s easier than you think. You can do it organically or you can get in a program like Take Shape for Life that provides an affordable comprehensive plan for optimal health beginning with weight loss and a system for healthy living into the future.

The key to getting of the treadmill of yoyo weight gain and loss is to get started today!

Mike Winslow proud to be an Independent Health Coach for Take Shape for Life and would love to answer your questions or help you get on a better path.

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Characteristic of a Great Coach

One key characteristic of a great coach they will not stand by and let someone fail when its within their power to make a difference that results in success. You would be incredibly remiss to not invest two minutes and eleven seconds to watch this inspirational video. Basketball coach “Mo” Cheeks helps a young nervous lady get through the national anthem.

Inspiration and Fun...

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Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index

According to the Centers for Disease Control website, Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

What are the health consequences of overweight and obesity for adults?

The BMI ranges are based on the relationship between body weight and disease and death. Overweight and obese individuals are at increased risk for many diseases and health conditions, including the following:

  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia (for example, high LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

Look at the chart below, to see where you stand. Keep in mind  that the chart is not a diagnostic tool, but an indicator. If you are in the yellow or red, seriously consider becoming proactive regarding this problem. Our coaching and optimal health program is a very effective way to lose weight and make life-style changes. And as always, consult your physician for their professional medical advice.
Body Mass Index Chart

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