$30 per month is a lot as a single head of household. The medical bills that were going to accumulate due to chronic diseases from obesity and what likely would have been diabetes, not to mention cardiac problems or stroke would have seriously impacted my family finances.
Let's see, I can find effective ways to loose weight AND keep it off for the long term OR I can pay $30 more a month, with many more $25.00 medical co-pays, chronic and/or acute disease. Not to mention paying for lots of clothing due to yo-yo dieting. What should I do?
That's why the Refuse to Regain book (Barbara Berkeley, MD) made so much sense. I lost weight, but weight maintenance required a whole other set of strategies. Not just weight maintenance, but overall good health. Not just physical health, but also better financial health.
Here's what a low inflammatory, no grains, very little processed sugar, diary free bio-markers looks on an annual blood draw.
Key to the columns: Left to right
2013 - Weight Maintenance fairly clean Paleo food template, no nuts
2012- Weight Maintenance Paleo food template with nuts and occasional Medifast snacks
2011- Medifast, still in weight loss at 137 pounds
2010- Standard American Diet, 187 pounds,
If you are approaching weight maintenance or are struggling- get the Refuse to Regain book, look into a low inflammatory diet. My health, finances, and family is forever changed in a good way. Did I mention I feel 27 years old instead of 47? Win-Win-Win = total awesomeness
What works for me
1. Optimizing my food template, no wheat, little processed sugar.
What did not work for me:
1. Eating a Standard American Diet with processed food and expecting to be healthy.
Wow!! The thing I'm most proud of is my hs-CRP dropping from 6.8 to 0.4. With a stable weight and low inflammation and good glucose and blood pressure control- It's clear to me I've optimized my biomarkers for now.
All the better to put life into living and spend time engaged in my career, family, and hobbies. This will eventually allow me to give back to my community. Awesomeness!
|2006, not even my highest weight|
|Yes, please! Must have caffeine!|
|Egret strolling on the beach, funny to watch|
|Walking to the car and I get to see great coastal gardens|