Everyone needs a little push to get up off the couch, go to the gym or to adjust their eating habits. We had a client recently that wanted to lose weight (what a surprise…right?), well really, she just wanted to fit back into her clothes. We discussed weight loss goals, 24 hour recall/food record and exercise regimen. After countless attempts to explain the role of diet and exercise to lower cholesterol, this client was more concerned about her pant size numbers than her lipid panel numbers…yikes!
Case in point: Our dreaded pant size controls our life! No matter what’s happening to the inside of our bodies- to our arteries, kidneys, heart, liver, stomach, to name a few... We just want to make sure we can fit into our “skinny jeans” right? I mean, of course you can’t even see what’s going on inside your body so what we can’t see won’t hurt us, right?
Well, we’d say…wrong! You better find some more motivation to exercise and eat healthy than just fitting back into “skinny jeans!” Yes, it hurts, emotionally, when you can’t squeeze and wiggle around enough in the dressing room to fit into that “skinny size” but let’s face it… would you rather be skinny with health problems or a healthy weight with no health problems!? I guess what we are getting at here is…even those skinny people out there, if they’re not watching what they eat…their bodies will be crying out for help just like that of an overweight counterpart who may be 20-30 lbs heavier.
Everyday people are driven by vanity, in regards to reasons for weight loss. Since when did vanity take the front seat over health? Next time you grab for that fried chicken or your favorite sodium filled Chinese dish (just to name a few) think about what could be happening to your arteries as well as, your waist line and hips!
Go fruits and veggies! Go try a new fruit or vegetable today!