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Firsthand Facts About Fat
It’s hard to believe that 2011 is coming to end nearly as quickly as it seemingly began. And in just six weeks, most americans will find themselves making a list of New Year’s Resolutions, one of which will definitely include losing weight.
We’ve all been there. We get all gung-ho in January, vowing to replace fattening, sugar-laden meals with lighter fare like steamed vegetables and lean meat all the while increasing the exercise. Then we get our first piece of chocolate on Valentine’s Day and it’s all downhill from there. That stretches into Easter, which spills into Memorial Day’s Barbecue season and before you know it, it’s summer and we’re eating ribs at a July 4th cookout. Then there’s the back-to-school/fall rush which of course pushes us right into Halloween (more candy) Thanksgiving, Christmas (catered office parties are the best!) and New Year’s before we’re back where we started: Setting fitness and/or health-related goals with no real direction.
I’ve been there. I know it all too well, having vacilated between fit and fat most of my adult life. I know how to take weight off and even keep it off. But in a profession where you move at the speed of light (tv news reporter) and you rarely know where you are going to be on any given day, it’s hard to keep a set fitness schedule.
I’m managing my weight a lot better these days, thanks in large part to regular workouts and cooking my own meals which I take with me every day. I have shed 40lbs since April and I have another 20 more to go. And to help you get on –and stay on — the health/fitness bandwagon, I’m going to share three specific plans that have helped me over the years.
1. Body For Life by Bill Phillips
Prior to BFL, I hadn’t worked out in years and I knew I needed to do something. This is a simple, easy-to-follow plan that if followed correctly, could help you shed 25lbs in 12 weeks. (That is in line with experts recommended weight loss of 2lbs per week.) Phillip breaks down a list of foods into three lists of carbs, vegetables and proteins and that he requires you eat at some point during the day. There is also a simple, yet effective exercise plan which consists of 20 minute cardiovascular training and resistance (weight) workouts on alternate days.
2. The Abs Diet by David Zinczenco
Zinczenco helped me trim my waistline through a solid plan of exercise, smoothies and metabolism-boosting, tasty food. The book’s promise, to get you six-pack ready in at least 6 weeks, is a tall order at best. But the plan does offer delicious meals, a slew of smoothies and detailed workouts that anyone can do any any fitness level. Will you be ripped and ready in six-weeks? Not likely. But will you be healthier and leaner? Most definitely.
3. The Dukan Diet by Pierre Dukan, M.D
No fitness plan has generated this amount of controversy and success since Dr. Atkins like the Dukan Diet. The high-protein, low-carb plan has become a topic of discussion since Britain’s Princess Kate and her mother reportedly used it to shed pounds for the royal wedding. But unlike Dr. Atkins, Dukan’s emphasis is on low-fat proteins like fish, chicken breast/thighs and lean beef. He stresses exercise, drinking lots of water and eating oat bran every day and through four phases of the diet (attack, cruise, consolidation and stabilization), Dukan not only guides you to a quick, effective weight loss but through the long-term maintenance of the plan. (Dr. Mehmet Oz actually endorsed this plan.)
Each of these plans has its pros and cons and I’m not specifically recommending one. Weight loss in a very personal and individual process and there is no “one size fits all” program. But the common denominator in all of these plans is a healthy diet and exercise. I’m sure you will find success if you follow those rules. Let’s get it!
Dave Jordan is a Emmy nominated journalist in New Orleans, LA. When not chasing down stories, Dave enjoys spending time in the French Quarter, his hometown of NYC and visiting relatives in the Caribbean.