Bill Is Tracking His Food and Seeing Results
This article is part of our Healthier 2021 series, in which we follow three members of the WebMD team as they strive to improve their health this year. You can follow their travels here.
By Bill Kimm
“Looks like I picked the wrong week to start eating healthy again!”
Lloyd Bridges’ Hilarious Joke From The 1980 Movie Plane! I kept popping up in my head this week as I officially started my journey to lose weight and be healthy. If there was ever a time to stress out, eat, and maybe enjoy a few adult drinks, the first week of 2021 may have been it.
But I am happy to say that I did not succumb to the temptation and that week 1 will be a success! That’s not to say things went perfectly – my exercise regimen didn’t quite take off as I had hoped (or not at all) – but I will be celebrating my wins and aiming to improve the week. next.
I lost 8 pounds! I know it’s a big number for a week, and I can’t expect this every week, but still – I lost 8 pounds! Like I said last week, I know how to do this, I just need to do it. It’s gratifying to see the hard work pay off.
An important factor in my weight loss is that I consistently save all of my food and stay below my calorie goal every day. Everything I eat and drink, even if it’s calorie-free, is recorded (I use the Lose It! App, which is best for me, but there are many options). The moment I started to gain weight again was when I stopped recording my food, for several reasons. First, recording my food makes me more aware of what I’m eating. You would be surprised how much you eat without realizing it. A snack here, chocolate there – it adds up quickly. When I record everything, it makes me accountable.
Saving my food also requires me to be exact. I like to think I’m good enough to observe what a cup of rice looks like, or 4 ounces of steak, or a serving of chips. Fun fact: I’m not. At all. The truth is, we all eat a lot more food than we realize. I couldn’t lose weight without a food scale. There is nothing fancy, a simple digital scale that lets me know how much my serving is in grams or ounces. But it is imperative because I cannot trust my eyes and my stomach because they will cheat on me.
Last week I had the privilege of speaking to one of WebMD’s doctors – Dr. Bruni, who specializes in weight loss – and she said something that really stood out to me. She said, “The older you get, the more different the calories are, and the calories I consumed 10 years ago won’t be used in my body the same way now.” I didn’t realize it. I thought calories were calories and the less I eat the more I will lose. But it is not that simple. I also have to be selective in what I eat. So while recording everything and weighing everything is great, and a necessity, I now need to be more vigilant about WHAT I eat, not just how much I eat. It will be a challenge.
So, as week 2 approaches, not only do I have to continue what I’m doing, but I have homework. I need to focus more on the quality of the food I eat, not just the quantity. Most importantly, I also need to stop making excuses and start exercising! I see my friend Mark is one step ahead of me so knowing he’s crushing him on his Peloton is just the kick I need to hit the curb and start running again! This happy father will NOT be outdone by a softball father!
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