Tonight on Rock Center with Brian Williams, Chelsea Clinton interviews Pastor Rick Warren on a matter quite different than his usual subject. No, he’s not talking about his bestselling devotional The Purpose Driven Life or how he leads a congregation of more than 20,000, instead he describes his newest project. It’s a diet called The Daniel Plan.
Warren has led Saddleback Church, a megachurch in California, for more than 30 years, and as his congregation has flourished so did his weight.
“I was blessed with an abundance of energy, and since I didn’t care about how I looked and I really had relatively few health problems, I paid no attention to my health,” Warren explains to Clinton.
He describes a moment two years ago when he realized things needed to change. The pastor was baptizing hundreds of converts, and began to see a trend: most of them were overweight.
“As I’m putting people under the water, I’m lifting 867 people, along about number 500, I had a thought. It wasn’t a very spiritual thought. It was, ‘Good night, we’re all overweight.’ And I thought, but I’m overweight. And I can’t expect people to get in shape unless I’m in shape,” Warren relates. (more…)
Julia Havey lost 130 lbs and transformed virtually every aspect of her life; going from an unhappy and obese single mother to a happily married, best-selling author and sought after speaker across the country.
Julia has authored two books “Awaken the Diet Within” and “The Vice Busting Diet” which is endorsed by the renown Dr. David L. Katz and Dr. Mehmet Oz, filmed Time Life’s only weight loss infomercial for Vice Busting Diet program and she sits on the board of Dr. Katz’s Turn the Tide foundation.
“It is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
What I was; morbidly obese and constantly on a diet. I changed. I lost 130 pounds in 15-months. People say “That’s so fast!”, but the reality is it equates to the recommended 2 pounds a week fat loss. The reason it seems “fast” is because we are used to going “ON” a diet, realizing some weight-loss and then going “OFF” the diet, regaining some or all of what we lost and over and over during the same 15 month period Yo-Yoing up and down on the scale. I was consistent in my actions the entire 15 months, thus my weight loss was consistent as well; losing 8 pounds a month every month. Staying consistent with the changes I made for the last 12 years has allowed me to keep most of it off!
There two things that are going to determine whether or not you succeed in your desire to lose weight:
1. Are you willing to change?
2. Will you be consistent with the changes you make?
If your answers are “YES!” then you are on your way to successful weight loss. Now, the key is to view what you are embarking on as a series of changes in your life rather than starting another yet “diet”.
The most common changes that need to be made are:
1. Eliminating high-fructose corn syrup-filled beverages and other high-in-calorie beverages; replacing them with water—yes; even the “Vitamin” waters have to go!
2. Avoiding eating fast food, processed foods and at most restaurants. The majority of their offerings are too high fat and high in calories and offer little nutrition, yet they make up the bulk of what we are eating. Pack lunch and cook at home more. A diet rich in whole grains, lean meats/protein, fresh fruits and vegetables—raw as often as possible are going to make you thinner and healthier.
3. Stop watching so much TV and surfing the net for hours. I don’t care if you walk-in- place in your living room while watching your favorite TV program, but most people get little to NO exercise in their daily routine. We have become spectators rather than participants and have the bodies to prove it.
This simple 3-step approach is called “Vice Busting” and it works for everyone. If you aren’t drinking soft drinks, don’t fast food or get some exercise, then ask yourself “What are the 3 biggest reasons or “vice” for your excess weight?” You know what they are. For me, it was daily ice-cream, fast food and going to the gym but not really sweating—going through the motions. Once I changed those three things; my life and my body changed forever–and most importantly; yours will too!
DietsinReview.com readers can get a FREE “Secrets of the Fittest” audio at www.ViceBusting.com
Diets In Review is pleased to have guest blogger, Amy Vermeer, share what she learned at a recent event featuring Oprah’s favorite doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz. Read more about Amy’s healthy approach to living through holistic nutrition at eatlivelaugh.com.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has become increasingly well known through his appearances on the Oprah show, appeared at the 92nd street YMCA in New York City for a discussion on the secret to staying young and healthy. He began by speaking to his latest book “You: Staying Young” and about how we should all be focusing on news we can use, a subject we can all relate to as we are bombarded by messages daily with all types of information that may or may not be useful for ourselves and for our families. Additionally, he spoke about how in this latest book his focus is on the primary caregiver, which in most cases is the female in the household. As he states, the female is most likely to take information learned and pass that on to her family as well as to use this information for leverage towards action steps in her household. This is by no means to discount men from reading the book, but is an accurate depiction of how typical households function.
Dr. Oz proceeded by speaking about how sick we as Americans all are, in fact we are twice as sick as Europeans. With being sicker, we as a population are costing 2X as much to care for, creating a huge burden on what we call a “healthcare system”. We need to stop relying on the system and start focusing on ourselves. Can you believe you have a 2 in 5 chance of encountering a medical error? According to Dr. Oz that is the statistic in New York State, and New York is looked upon as being more advanced than other states. What does that mean our chances are if we live in other areas of the country? Dr. Oz reinforced the need to get second opinions and to encourage friends and family as well; your health is not to be taken lightly.
Dr. Oz then moves on to his 5 Life Adjustments, they are as follows:
• Blood Pressure 15/75
• No Cigarettes
• 30 minutes of daily physical activity
• A healthy diet that is easy to love
• Stress control
These 5 elements are essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and overall well being. If one does not concentrate on these “life adjustments” then we will likely encounter belly fat, which according to Dr. Oz is a more important health measure than your weight on a scale. Essentially, if your waist, which entails the amount of belly fat on your body, exceeds the following equation: Total height/2 (ie. If you are 5’6” then your total height in inches is 66”/2 = 33 inches), then you are at a much more serious risk for high cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension. A scale is not an accurate measurement as it does not take into account several important elements such as muscle mass. Muscle does weigh more than fat and when you are working out and building muscle, your weight is likely to increase while your waist size is likely to decrease.
We then touched on supplements and the importance they have for our bodies as we do not all ingest the right foods to naturally absorb all the vitamins and minerals essential for regular function. Dr. Oz recommends taking a multi-vitamin, rich in vitamins A, C, and F, all of which are anti-oxidants that allow for regeneration. In addition, we need to ensure a regular intake of Vitamin D and Omega.
A last essential element briefly discussed was sleep. Woman on average need 7 hours while men need 7.5 hours. Dr. Oz jokes that men are more needy, hence their need for more sleep.
As time runs out for the great knowledge sharing of Dr. Oz, he proceeds to open up the floor to any questions in the room. The first question, how can I maintain my health while enjoying my regular martini? I think it might be time for that gentleman to purchase Dr. Oz’s book!
Click here to learn more about Dr. Oz’s book, YOU: On a Diet.
Thank you, Amy!
In addition to providing us with worldly information from the comfort of our living room couches, The Discovery Channel is now helping you to get in shape for the New Year. Discovery’s National Body Challenge kicks off on January 5th and 6th with celebration events at four malls across the country (Alderwood Mall, Seattle, WA; Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL; Columbia Mall, Columbia, MD; and Short Hills Mall, Short Hills, NJ).
It is a free 8-week, fitness and weight loss challenge that will provide you with online and offline tools to shed some extra pounds, stay inspired and to create a you that is, in sum, healthier. By registering, you get a free 8-week membership to Bally’s Fitness, too. For most of us who are just beginning the cold doldrums of winter in our respective states, having a gym to go to exercise during these tough months is a bright beacon of healthy light this time of year.
The Discovery National Body Challenge may contain faint whispers of being the next “The Biggest Loser” but the program is far from the toughness, hard-nosed discipline and sometimes, humiliating features of the television’s intense reality show. With a medical team like Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Discovery Health Channel’s medical expert, Dr. John Whyte offering you expert advice, insight and sound information, the challenge sounds like a fun, safe and effective way to meet your 2008 nutrition and fitness goals. Good luck!!