(By Dr. Wendy Froberg)
We often make the mistake of thinking that wanting something to be different (no matter how badly) is the same as being willing to do what it takes to achieve that change. If someone asks “Do you want to be thinner? healthier? fitter?” the answer would usually be “Yes!” But a better question is “Are you prepared to do what you have to in order to get there? Are you willing to give up old patterns of unproductive behavior and exert energy to keep from drifting back to them?” It’s been said that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results”. If that is true, then most of us have acted insanely at one time or another.If you think back over your life, you will probably discover that any time you made a change that proved to be significant, you had to step outside your comfort zone. You will likely recall that this often was rather frightening but afterward, led to real feelings of accomplishment and mastery. Focusing on the scary aspects, worrying about what might go wrong will hamper change, while embracing the uncertainty and re-framing it as an exciting adventure will allow you to achieve new heights.
Tip # 28
Me•tab•o•lism: Is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. The number of calories your body uses to carry out these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate. Your individual basal metabolic rate is affected by: your body size and composition, gender and age.
Your basal metabolic rate accounts for 70% of the calories you burn daily. Thermogenesis: Digesting, absorbing, transporting and storing food accounts for 100 to 800 of the calories used each day. Physical activity: Physical activity and exercise such as playing tennis, walking to the store, etc account for the rest of the calories your body burns up each day. To lose weight, you need to create an energy deficit by eating fewer calories or increasing the number of calories you burn through physical activity or both. (Mayo Clinic)