It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing…

Countless internet ads and websites tout a way to lose weight without lifting a finger or moving a muscle.  These claims that a product or special process can make you shed the pounds without exercise are attractive to many.  In fact, the market is huge.  Newsflash: if there were a proven pill or product that could reliably cause healthy weight loss without exercise, there would have no obesity pandemic, and somebody would be nauseatingly wealthy because of it!

Face it; it doesn’t exist, nor should it.  There is no magic bullet for excess weight, but there is a solution.

First consider that your body is designed to move!  And things go wrong, sometimes terribly so, when you insist on…putting off the workouts.  A recent study links a sedentary lifestyle with early death.   A tortoise, on the other hand, has a great excuse.  The terrapin is simply not designed to move.  As a result, it can live over 100 years free of diabetes and weight related issues, doing the equivalent of a couch potato, lazing around, eating and drinking plenty and catching up on a few episodes of Lost.

It is true that you COULD lose considerable weight without as much as lifting a finger.  You could lose tons of weight by simply starving yourself for long enough.  But no one would argue that this weight loss is unhealthy—malnourished people definitely look thin, but obviously unhealthy.

Weight loss does not equal healthy!

You have to combine your diet plan, weight loss supplement or program with anindividually designed exercise program to truly lose the weight in a healthy way. Besides, you’ll also have a better shot at doing away with the weight for good.

Exercise Recommendation:  Moderate intensity, aerobic exercise for 30 minutes, 5 days a week.

The American Heart Association link goes into more detail.

Remember Dr. Dave’s mantra: one size does not fit all, so ask your doctor what exercise program will best suit you.

Master Your Health!

5 Comments on “Weight Loss”

  1. I agree with you on exercising. I do exercise but not enough. I would like to know what my hear rate level should I experience while working out? How do I measure my own heart rate as well. No magic pills for me even though I am still slim. I do have a different eating plan. I have not have beef or pork for over 20 years. Sometimes working out is a challenge for me so I push myself to get it done. I feel your website is a boost of inspiration for me.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  2. This is a good question and it is frequently asked. The target heart rate is generally calculated by this equation:
    220-Age (in yrs) x 0.85 (range 0.5-0.85)

    In other words, shoot for 85% of your maxiumum heart rate which is calculated by 220- Age. My target heart rate is 156! Older people or people with certain medical conditions should choose a lower percentage of the maximum heart rate (ie., 50 or 60%).

    You can measure you heart rate by finding your pulse (wrist or neck) and counting the beats in 15 seconds then multiply this number by 4 to get how many beats per minute.

    I’m glad you’re making the changes.

    Healthy is in for 2010!

  3. I notice you say workout for 30 minutes a day–5 days a week.

    What exercises you recommend to do?

    For me I travel alot, I do a lot of walking especially in airports. I do take vitamins, omega-3, protein shakes, and other supplements for my health.

    Starting April 1, 2010…for 30 days I will only eat fish, chicken, salads, & Fruits.

    When one thing changes everything changes.

  4. Congratulations on setting a goal toward true Personal Health Mastery!

    Unless you have reasons not to, running, biking, rowing, swimming are all great options. Some prefer an elliptical or treadmill. These are all fine. The goal is to get your heart rate up and keep it there for 30 mins. Check with your doctor about the supplements that you’re taking.

    Here’s to you Quinn!

  5. I do not have a personal doctor in my life right now. I got my heart rate up today as I worked out. I will tell you I do feel more excited and full of energy. This is the conversation I required to have, I have been thinking about working out for quite some time.