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Sue’s Morning Stretch: Real weight loss takes work, time
Forget all those ads thats promise big and quick weight loss (more on that later). Here’s probably the most real story I’ve ever seen on weight loss.
“Good Morning America” put the spotlight on Val McLeod, who lost an amazing 393 pounds. (And she still is working to lose about 50 more.) But it didn’t happen overnight. DIdn’t happen in a year. In fact, it took the 54-year-old Atlanta woman 25 years to get the weight off and keep it off. McLeod would diet, lose some, gain it back. (Sound familiar?) At her heaviest, she had to make her clothes from upholstery fabric.
Then she started working with a nutritionist and a therapist, because as she said, “weight loss and being overweight is as much mental, psychological as it is physical.”
When she decided to lose weight for good, it was to be healthier. I think that’s a key point here, because when you do it for an event (say a class reunion, wedding) or someone else (nagging spouse), it’s too easy to gain it back. Your heart isn’t in it. But if your goal is to be as healthy as you can be, that’s when real change can happen. Because if it’s health, you start losing weight and you notice, hey, my knees don’t hurt as much anymore or you realize, wow, I can run around the yard with my kid and not be breathless. And you can see that those little victories are adding up to a healthier you.
She learned about portion control (she had been eating some 30,000 — yes, you read that right — calories a day) and today follows a diet based on fruit, veggies and fish. She axed the processed food. (I tell you, one of these days soon we’re all going to realize and accept what a train wreck processed foods have been to our bodies. Eat real food, people!)
And she started exercising. When she began walking, she could barely make it a block, she said. Now it is a part of her daily routine. Her story is pretty amazing. Read it here.
Now, here’s how NOT to lose weight. As my old granny used to say, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. And that’s certainly the case with all those before-and-after photos you see in those wonder diet drug ads in magazines and on social media. Fake, fake, fake, according to the Rossen Reports on “Today.”
The segment included a woman whose diet photos were taken from her personal blog to show how well this diet tea worked. She’s tried to get them removed, but no one from the product could be reached. According to the Rossen Reports, the Federal Trade Commission says weight loss products are the number one most reported fraud in the United States.
Bottom line: Losing weight isn’t easy. It takes time and the right diet for YOUR body. For instance, mine cannot include carbs (except from vegetables), even the “good for you” variety or my weight goes up and my diabetes numbers inch up too, which is the real issue for me. And keeping the weight off? Now that’s a real challenge. But it can be done, as McLeod proves.
Tip today: Getting the plastic baby figure tucked into a King Cake — which started as Jan. 6/Epiphany treat, but also became part of the Mardi Gras tradition — is good news/bad news. Upside: Supposed to bring you luck. Downside: Now you’re the one designated to buy the next King Cake, according to the latest edition of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine.
Quote to remember: “That’s normally in my yard.” Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres joking with “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts about the HUGE wall-size image of herself in Los Angeles.
— Sue Ontiveros