Did you read that shocking and depressing New York Times article that came out earlier this week?
And, no, I’m not talking about the presidential campaign.
I’m referring to the article that sent tremors through the weight-loss world. The one in which it was revealed that the vast majority of the 16 contestants from Season 8 of The Biggest Loser reality show have gained back most if not all of their weight.
While that’s a bummer for them, the worst part about the article was how it focused on the concept that the bodies of overweight people do a pretty effective search-and-rescue mission for lost pounds. Their metabolisms apparently slow down to the pace of an 80-year-old grandpa driving in the fast lane, too.
There is more dreary info about our body’s so-called “set point” and the hunger-controlling hormone leptin, but I’m going to spare you the disheartening details.
My takeaway from the article?
Simply this: I’m not about to quit trying to improve my body’s health and shrink down to a good weight.
Researchers can tell me it’s impossible, but I’m determined to continue on the path that’s helped me lose 11.4 percent of my weight since March.
Old bad habits got me to 373.7 pounds two months ago.
New good habits are going to get me to a size that isn’t considered morbidly obese, obese or even overweight.
After that happens, I intend to stay in a healthy weight range.
I’m just putting that out there so researchers can start preparing to study me in a few years.
I’m excited to be following a program that has long-term optimal health success — not just short-term scale results — as the ultimate goal. (Insert the obligatory “This is a lifestyle change, not a diet” phrase here.)
I invite all of the former Biggest Loser participants — or anybody else — to join me in this journey. I won’t even make you work out for six or seven hours a day.
Don’t let “My body’s set point made me fat again” persuade you from chasing your dreams. For that matter, don’t let any excuse derail your hopes.
That kind of self-defeating attitude will do just that.
For now, I’m going to continue to let this thought from Ralph Waldo Emerson sink deep into my heart and guide my much-improved actions:
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
And in the wise words of my favorite buffet establishment, Chuck-A-Rama,
The choice is yours.
So, my decision for my destiny?
As I decided on that short airplane flight from Toronto to Detroit, I’m no longer going to be a miserable 373.7-pounder.
And my choice?
I choose a healthy weight, an active life and a vivacious spirit.
My set point and metabolism are just going to have to deal with it.
- Starting weight (March 6): 373.7 pounds
- Last week’s weight (April 29): 335.2 pounds
- This week’s weight (May 6): 331.2 pounds
- This week’s loss: 4.0 pounds
- Total loss: 42.5 pounds