Regular readers have read here more times than I can mention that 60 percent of us are overweight and of those half are outright obese. We really are a nation of bad eaters and under-exercisers.
Here’s how that comes about, generally speaking:
The average American will add about a pound of weight each year starting from age 25. So, from 25 to 65 years old, the average person adds 35 pounds. However, there is more to the story than just that. UNLESS the average person is physically active, he is losing about a further half pound of bone and muscle mass each year, too. So, our body fat increases 1.5 pounds each year from 25 to 60 years old.
Before you look at that and say, The deck is stacked against me, it’s natural for my body to deteriorate, stop and think. If you take responsibility for your weight and health, you can beat these odds.
Most people don’t start thinking about their weight and health until it has deteriorated. Get out in front of it.
You see how the body naturally slows down. You need to adjust accordingly. Either eat a lot more carefully, or start doing exercise. Heaven forbid you combine them. It’s true that if you start at age 25 you will likely head off a lot of medical problems. It is also true that at 25 most people are having too much fun to think about their health which they assume will remain exactly like they are experiencing at 25.
If you are older, say 40s onward, don’t give up hope. The body is wonderfully resilient. Start eating intelligently and integrate exercise into your daily life. It’s never too late to start. And practice patience. If you are up there in years and in bad shape, you didn’t get that way overnight. So, give yourself time to come around. Forget that Biggest Loser stuff you see on TV. It is ridiculous and totally unrealistic for a person with a normal life. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them gain the weight back after the show is over. A pound to a pound and a half a week is all you should be losing. As my worst I ballooned up over 220. I looked in the mirror and got religion. You can read my post How I lost 50 pounds in 52 Weeks.
So, no matter what your present age, you can get back to a normal weight and have a healthy life. Just do it. Oh wait, Nike already said that.
You get the message.
If you want to read more on this, check out my Page – How to Lose Weight (and Keep it Off).