I don’t know about the rest of you but I didn’t fool around on Easter. Moderation? No such thing when it comes to Cadbury eggs; apologies to my scale… and my waistline. RIP skinny jeans. So, as I’m slowly (but surely) recovering from my all-day binge session, I decided a nice refresher on the basics would be good to help get back on track. Hence, I decided I needed to bring in a professional! (But seriously, I wasn’t kidding about that cadbury egg bender) I contacted Todd Schmenk, a Health Education and Behavior Management Therapist. Todd has 15 years of experience in helping clients deal with a range of issues including diabetes, weight loss, stress management and coping strategies for dealing with chronic injuries. Impressive right? So, I sent him a few broad questions that I figured would be helpful to all us glutenous indulgers, and he so graciously responded with his wisdom!
Here we go:
1. What is your number one piece of advice for someone trying to lose weight?
As a behavioral therapist and health educator, the most valuable thing a person can do to change a behavior is to track data. This means utilizing a log of some sort. You can read about this on my blog page.
According to Todd’s extremely insightful blog, it’s important to keep a food log in order to build awareness and overall mindfulness. In doing so, it is easier to track what you are doing wrong and therefore, how to change it and ultimately correct it. LOG EVERYTHING. Todd explains, “While this might seem painful at first, once you get the hang of it and see the reults that are available from such an action it becomes easier even motivating to enter in your log.”
There’s a lot more to this. Seriously, visit his blog. It’s really good.
2. Which foods are best at helping to burn fat?
Higher protein foods tend to require the most energy to process and then store. But without being physically active, benefits will be minimal. Meeting a goal of 10,000 steps I think is more important than eating any specific food.
3. What is a healthy amount of weight to be losing per week?
Research shows that 2 pounds is realistic and the healthiest goal to set.
4. How much water should an adult drink daily and what are the benefits of doing so?
There is much debate surrounding this, but 48 to 64 ounces is thought to be best especially when a person is losing weight. It is thought to be more important to help flush out toxins that may have been stored in fat reserves that are now being utilized. This may be the case, but the main reasons I ask my clients to drink plenty of water is more so for controlling hunger, keeping a person more energized, and the fact that the body is over 80% water.
Now that we have some basics under our recently loosened belts (womp, womp), it’s time to get back out there.
If you have any other motivating advice, feel free to comment with it!