Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Three Secrets to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

There's hope for those who want to lose weight and keep it off.  Health and wellness are common goals today.  Here are three simple ways to achieve your goals.  The "secret" is to follow them every day for life.

1.  Moderate Exercise.  Obesity is a major issue in North America, where 59 per cent of adults are overweight, including 23 per cent who are obese.   Overweight is defined as having a BMI - an approximation of body fat based on height and weight - of more than 25, while a BMI of more than 30 indicates obesity.

 A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine this week said that in addition to limiting calories, overweight and obese women must exercise substantially more than was previously recommended.  (That was 30 minutes, five days a week).

To drop 10 per cent of their body weight and keep it off for two years, obese and overweight women mus exercise at least 55 minutes a day, five days a week, according to this new study.

Most of the women who were successful in the study were working mothers, and got their exercise by walking.  They were only required to reach a moderate level of intensity with their workouts, and few women put in serious hours at the gym.

2.  Healthy Diet.  Eat low glycemic meals and snacks.   In his book, "Healthy for Life.  Developing Healthy Lifestyles That Have a Side Effect of Permanent Fat Loss,"  Dr. Ray D. Strand, M.D. says, "You can imagine the pattern (like a roller coaster) that is developing when you eat high-glycemic meals over a period of time, keeping you in a vicious cycle of continued insulin abuse and carbohydrate addiction."

Check out his book for a delicious array of meal suggestions to keep your insulin levels in check.

The Usana RESET program of nutritious and balanced Nutrimeal shakes and energy bars are a great way to get your system back in balance and free of carb cravings.  We start every day with one of the shakes.

3.  Trust in Cellular Nutrition.  From Dr. Strand's book, "You need to begin taking what I refer to as cellular nutrition.  By this I mean consuming nutritional supplements that provide all the nutrients to the cell at optimal levels (those levels shown to provide a health benefit in our medical literature) and allowing the cell to decide what it does and does not need.

This concept of nutritional supplementation not only allows you to correct any nutritional deficiencies, but also allows you to bring all these important micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) needed by the cell back to optimal levels."

Dr. Strand's book gives you practical guidance in all three areas to lose weight, maintain it and achieve optimal health for life.

For further information on Usana's RESET program and optimal cellular nutrition, call me at 1-888-320-8250 or e-mail:  thewatersedge@shaw.ca 

Deanna Waters,  Health and Wellness Fanatic


  1. Great post, but you kind of glossed over the hard part, making the change stick. Changing habits in the short term (will power) isn't so bad, its making that change into a good habit I have always found hard. I downloaded an ebook, 29 DAYS... to a habit you want! by Richard Fast , a while ago and I found it it be really helpful with reinforcing the changes I need to make.

  2. Thanks so much KT for your comment. It's SO true. The hard part is changing your lifestyle on a constant basis, but once you make that decision, it's amazing how your life changes. As I said the beginning of this post, the "secret" is to follow the healthy choices every day for life. All the best to you!

  3. Thanks Deanna. The best to yo too!

  4. Hi Deanna, it is easier said than done - I have been wanting to lose only 3 kg for ages! Of the three secrets I have only kept the last one...Anyway, thanks for the tips. They are sound! Best regards.

  5. I appreciate what you are saying Joyce. I fluctuate in weight myself. The secret is to be consistent in all three areas, which isn't easy. Certainly daily exercise and 10,000 steps a day really makes a difference. Usana's RESET shakes and bars are a great way to cut calories and still get a proper balance of nutrients.

    Dr. Strand's book even gives excellent recipes and ideas for low glycemic meals. This all takes discipline, doesn't it? And friends don't always help the process :=)