Vim & Vigor - Spring 2012 - Phelps County Regional Medical Center - (Page 33)
We all have struggles, but if we support each other, we can get through anything.
“ We are all the same.
Sharing your weight-loss tips and goals with others can help them, but it can also help you, Berkeley says. “Telling people about your goals can help keep you accountable, and sharing how you’re doing helps solidify those new skills in your mind,” she says. Plus, having someone going through the same thing you are can make a big difference. “There is a camaraderie there, a support system that can make you stronger than if you tried to go it alone,” Berkeley says.
Keeping the weight off might be as simple as cleaning out your fridge and pantry. Barbara Berkeley, M.D., a specialist in obesity management, shares her tips for a kitchen that’s conducive to keeping those extra pounds at bay. 1. Put healthy foods in plain view. When you open your fridge, what are the first things you see? Prepare healthy snacks and put them at eye level toward the front of the shelf. 2. Get rid of the junk. Bring those leftover brownies and bags of chips to work to share, or just throw them away. “Hiding food from yourself never works,” Berkeley says. “You’ll always remember where you put it, or you’ll find where someone hid it from you, if you really want to.” 3. Feed your family the way you feed yourself. It may take some clever cooking and a bit of convincing, but the best way to ensure that you’ll stay on track is to get everyone else on board, too. “By feeding your family the same way you feed yourself, you eliminate the junk that’s brought into the house and improve everyone’s health,” Berkeley says.
TOO SMART TO FAIL
A new study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that in a one-year weightloss program based on lifestyle changes more than 40 percent of participants gave up before reaching their goal. Within three years, those who ﬁnished the program regained 75 percent of the weight they had lost. So, will Hudson be one of the few who succeed in keeping it off for good? Berkeley says she thinks so. “Jennifer demonstrates many of the principles that we ﬁnd in people who succeed at maintaining their weight loss: She’s staying true to the healthy habits that got her where she is today.” Though Hudson says she has always been comfortable with her body—big or small—she has no intentions of going back. “I’m in the best shape of my life!” Hudson told People magazine. “This is the way I want to be, and the way I want to stay.”
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