The 10% Solution For A Healthy Life, Chapter 5: Your Weight
March 6, 2002
Let’s talk about how the principles of the 10% solution can be implemented in our daily lives.
I think that would be worthwhile. Why don’t we start with how to lose weight.
That is a fine place to start. Attaining your optimal weight will contribute significantly to reducing your risk of all degenerative diseases, including heart disease, cancer, type II diabetes, and hypertension. You’ll have more energy and will feel better in general.
I’ll look better also.
Yes, you will. And perhaps because of that particular reason, losing weight has become a national preoccupation. At any one time, 50 million Americans are on a diet to lose weight. We spend $33 billion a year on diets and diet aids.1 The sad fact is that 95 percent of the dieters will regain all of the weight they have lost or more.2 The cycle of taking off weight and then putting it back on is actually worse for your health than never having lost it.3
Then maybe I shouldn’t bother trying to lose weight in the first place.
The key is to change your attitude toward losing weight. Rather than thinking of a temporary period of deprivation, think instead of a lifelong commitment to a healthy pattern of eating.
You know, a lifetime of this seems like a lot longer than just a few months of dieting.
Yes, but you can skip the few months of dieting. You can make a commitment to a healthy life-style in just one day. While the weight won’t come off in a day, you can start feeling better about yourself and your commitment immediately. And a lot of the immediate benefits of the 10% solution will become evident in only a couple of weeks.
I suppose I could make a commitment in a short period of time.
Unfortunately, it often takes the better part of a lifetime for people to wake up to the impact they can have on their longevity and well-being. You hear of people every day who never do.
Okay, so I make a quick commitment to a slow weight loss.
Yes, that is a good way to put it. The message is patience. Now, the first thing we need to determine is the amount of food you should be eating.
Ill take a large quantity, thank you.
We just may be able to accommodate you. But first we have to determine your ideal weight.
With better tailoring I could probably accommodate a bit more weight than otherwise.
Your clothes may, but you’ll feel better to be at or near your ideal weight. There are two approaches to determining how much you should weigh. First, with a tape measure, measure the circumference of your wrist. Alternatively, use a piece of string and then mark it against a ruler. From table 1, use this measurement to determine your build. Then look up your height for the appropriate sex and build in table 2 to determine your optimal weight
So if I have fat wrists, I can have a fatter body?
As it turns out unless one is very obese, the wrists do not gain in size, and, thus, their circumference is a good indicator of one’s inherent build size. A lot of overweight people assume they have large builds, whereas what they really have are medium or even small builds padded with a lot of extra girth.