Obese? My 2 Month Plan to Change Your Life
While much is made about the impact of the obesity epidemic - both personally and financially - one stark fact needs to be stressed. If you are severely overweight, once you reach the age of 50 your time on Earth is about over. This isn't speculation, either. Mortality statistics back up this reality. Here are a few choice gems I pulled from my recent piece on morbid obesity:  Related - Steve Shaw's Body Transformation Plan Obese to Beast
- Men - If you are obese by the age of 20, you'll lose an average of 20 years off your life. The average life expectancy for men is currently 69.8 years.  Drop 20 from this tally, and if you're obese by the age of 20, you're statistically likely to live only to the age of 49.8.
- Women - If you're obese by the age of 20, you'll "only" lose an average of eight years off your life.
- One study found that smokers live longer than the obese. 
- A meta-analysis of the much-maligned BMI index revealed that the higher your BMI, the shorter your lifespan. 57 total studies were analyzed. 
- They adopt a fad diet, or an eating approach that isn't sustainable or reasonable. This may include calorie restriction without a focus on clean, whole foods, or some kind of wacky and extremely protocol that won't help them after they lose a little bit of weight.
- They rush off to the gym and do extremes. Too much resistance training and/or too much cardio.
Two Months to a New Lifestyle
Diet - Eat All You Want, But...For the next two months I don't want you to worry about weight loss. Instead, focus on changing your eating habits. If you're unable to stick to a new eating lifestyle, it will be near impossible to lose weight in the long run. That's reality. It's also reality that your bad eating habits are driving you to an early death. So either make the lifestyle changes now, or face the inevitable. And don't forget, a decrease in lifespan isn't the only way your bad habits are impacting you. You'll also experience a much lower quality of life. Your sex life will suffer. Your sleep will suffer. You'll feel tired and awful. You'll experience aches and pains because of the extra burden you carry. Let's also not forget the anxiety and depression that comes from weight gain. So, this is the choice: A new lifestyle or an early death and a horrible quality of life. I don't want you to worry about how much you're eating during these two months. Instead, focus on food choices. Reach for clean, whole foods. Eat when you're hungry, but follow some simple rules:
- Meals. Eat only a plateful of food at any given sitting. If you're still hungry, wait an hour and eat another plate. And I'm not talking about devouring a monster, heaping plate of food. Keep it reasonable.
- Protein. Eat as much protein as you want. Don't worry about removing skin or eating only lean cuts. You can certainly trim huge slabs of fat off a pork chop (etc.) if you want, but don't fear fat. You need fat to function. Your choices include chicken, pork, beef, seafood, eggs, and even organ meat. You may have the occasional small portion of bacon or sausage, but try not to over-consume these types of meat products. Use them as a treat rather than a staple.
- Fruit. Eat as much fruit as you want. Just steer clear from powering down a lot of dried fruit such as raisins. Dried fruit is far more calorie dense. Dates and avocado (yes, it's a fruit) are also very calorie dense. Don't overdo these fruits either.
- Veggies. Eat as much as you want. Remember though, corn is not a veggie. It's a grain. Peas are not a veggie. They're a legume. Beans are not a veggie. They're a legume. You can eat each of these choices, but do so in moderation. They are very calorie-dense foods.
- Legumes. Legumes are allowed, but should be consumed in moderation. They are typically very calorie dense. Stick to a single serving when you do consume them. Legumes include beans, peas, chickpeas, and nuts.
- Grains. Grains are another food class that we will try to moderate. Eat a little of each, but don't overdo it. Stick to small, reasonable servings. Examples of grains include rice, oatmeal, wheat, corn and corn products (corn tortillas), and quinoa. You don't want to be eating seven slices of wheat bread a day, or two pounds of rice. While we're not trying to cut out carbs, we are trying to train ourselves to eat a little more protein and not rely so much on a carb-centric diet.
- Dairy. Another moderated food class. You can use a small amount of butter, sour cream, cheese, and milk. Don't slather a half a tub of butter on top of your corn. Don't pile eight ounces of cheese on top of your potato. Dairy is a great source of calcium and fats, but remember balance. Dairy also tends to be very calorie dense. Greek yogurt is a great, high-protein choice. You can also add in whey protein or casein protein powder shakes as well.
- Healthy Fats. You can use a little bit of olive oil for cooking, or in recipes. You can also lightly use heavy cream, butter, and other healthy fats sources. Again, use a little - not a lottle.
- Condiments, Etc. No ketchup. Sorry, Charlie Brown. Instead, opt for salsa, hot sauce, and low calorie mustards. You can also find very low calorie salad dressings and even low calorie soy sauce. Pickles are a great snacking option as well.
- Sugar, corn syrup, and other calorie-rich sweetener
- Canned foods
- Processed foods
- Drinks with calories
- Fried foods
- Battered foods
- Food choices with ingredients you can't pronounce
- Ice cream
Exercise, But Don't Kill YourselfThere are two training types you need to be concerned with:
- Resistance training - Helps you to build muscle, and gives you that fit and muscular body you are after.
- Cardio training - Great for overall health, conditioning, endurance, and provides a small boost to the fat burning process.
- Find time to perform at least once resistance training workout per week. Focus on getting to know the equipment, and learning proper exercise form. Add weight slowly to an exercise when it feels too easy.
- Find time to perform at least one cardio session of 10 minutes per week. This can be walking, elliptical, etc.
Article author and Tiger Fitness Editorial Director Steve Shaw.
Moving ForwardSo you've made it! You survived the last 60 days, and now are truly living a new lifestyle. You are eating right and exercising. Odds are you even lost 5-20 pounds. I hope you can see the magic of this process. Lifestyle changes are the key to lasting success. Now at this point, if you haven't lost any weight, simply cut back your daily calories by anywhere from 200 to 400. Watch the scale for two weeks, and see what happens. Bump up your cardio and resistance training sessions to 2-3 each per week. That's it. Continue along this path. It's a path that will help you to lose weight and live longer. It's a path that will give you a new body, and help you to fight depression and anxiety. It is the path - and lifestyle - you deserve.
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