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Anne M. Rensberger, LICSW
Ten Percent in 2008

Ten Percent in 2008

New Years Resolution 2003 I will go on the Grapefruit Diet until I get my weight down to 190 pounds.

New Years Resolution 2004 I will go on the Pritkin Diet and go to the gym once a week until I get my weight down to 200 pounds.

New Years Resolution 2005 I will go the Atkins Diet and go to the gym twice a week until I get my weight down to 210.

New Years Resolution 2006 I will go on the South Beach Diet and go to the gym three times a week until I get my weight down to 220.

New Years Resolution 2007 I will go on the Mediterranean Diet and go to the gym every morning until I get my weight down to 230.

New Years Resolution 2008 I plan to gain at least 30 pounds, stop what little exercise I do, and watch more TV.

Have you looked back at your heartfelt New Years resolutions of the past and decided to chuck them all? Have you tried and tried but each year ended up heavier than you were the year before? For those of us with chronic weight management issues, New Years brings both hope and fear. It is not that we havent tried to diet, or that we never lost any weight. It is just that we havent lost enough weight and we havent been able to keep off the pounds we did lose.

Id like to suggest a new goal lose 10% of your current weight in 2008. So if you weigh 250 pounds, make it your resolution to lose 25 in 2008. Why 10%? Those of us who are obese are at increased medical risk. Medical complications of obesity can include pulmonary diseases, nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases, gynecological abnormalities, gout, phlebitis, certain cancers, hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

One especially dangerous syndrome associated with obesity is called “metabolic syndrome”. It isnt a disease, but rather a cluster of disorders of our bodys metabolic levels including high blood pressure, high insulin levels, excess body weight and abnormal cholesterol. Each of these disorders is serious. But in combination, they dramatically heighten our chance of having diabetes, a heart attack, or a stroke. We are putting ourselves at risk of never having the opportunity to make New Years resolutions for 2009.

But research has shown that even modest weight loss of ten percent of body weight can help restore your bodys ability to recognize insulin and greatly reduce the chance that the syndrome will evolve into a more serious illness. Small changes in what you eat and in how much you exercise can make that goal very attainable.
So take up the challenge and end 2008 10% thinner than you were on 1/1/08. Just imagine what your New Years resolutions might be in 2009. If you need some help with weight management, a weight management coach is always a good idea.

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