Good Health Habits = Good Aging – What About Weight Loss???

I have observed an interesting semantic phenomenon. If I say, “I can help you lose five pounds in a week or two,” most people jump to full attention. But if I say, ” I can teach you good healthy habits that will benefit you the rest of  your life,” their eyes glaze over. Losing weight is hot, living healthy is ho hum. What a shame. And, what short sightedness. If a person lives a healthy life, the pounds will melt off and he/she will not have to lose weight.

Only about 30% of the characteristics of aging are genetically determined. The other 70% are linked to lifestyle.
 Italics mine.

Cute, yes. Effective? Not so much

According to the U.S. Census bureau, a woman who reaches 50 years and remains free of cancer and heart disease can expect to live to her 91st birthday. An average healthy male who is 65 years today will most likely live to see age 81.

As I wrote on my Page – How to lose weight and keep it off – “14. You need to exercise. Exercise is your two-edged sword. You do it to work your muscles and remain in top physical and mental condition. AND, you can do it to burn calories and help in keep your weight down.

According to the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services:

Adults 18 to 64 should get:
2.5 hours/wk of moderate intensity exercise.
OR 1.25 hours a week of vigorous aerobic physical activity
Or Some combination of the above – equivalent episodes of at least 10 minutes spread throughout the week.”

So, eat intelligently and get some exercise every day. You will live longer and look better. forget losing weight; you won’t have to.

When people ask me why I ride my bike every day, I tell them, “I am paying for my old age, one bike ride at a time,” and I believe it’s true.



Filed under aging, successful aging, Weight

6 responses to “Good Health Habits = Good Aging – What About Weight Loss???

  1. “If a person lives a healthy life, the pounds will melt off and he/she will not have to lose weight.”

    This is so true. I mean it’s just so crazy the amount of torture (crazy diets etc) we will go through, just to avoid the one thing that actually works – eating healthy whole foods!!

    I blame processed foods, and I still think not enough people “get it.” We learned a lot of misinformation about what’s healthy and normal to eat.

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    • Thanks for your comment. No doubt that processed foods are not good, but I fear that so many people are focused on what I consider to be the ‘negative’ of just losing weight as opposed to the positive aspect of living a healthy life. It really is so simple.


  2. Truer words have never been written Tony.

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