Curt Cooper is an everyday guy. Almost 50 years old he has been very active most of his life until about 7 years ago. In his earlier life he farmed, ran a lumber mill, and operated a golf course but ever since his job working for the town as a Motorized Vehicle operator, he hasn’t had the physical activity he once did.
He didn’t have a scale in his house so he didn’t really notice the weight he was putting on. But he did notice less energy and stiffness. About a year ago his doctor found high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and that he was overweight. Curt didn’t want to be put on a lot of pills so he followed the doctor’s advice and started taking a multivitamin, fish oils, and committed to losing weight.
How did Curt lose 25 lbs. get more energy, better digestion, lower his blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar?
1. He got a scale
When he got home from the doctors’ he told his wife his results and she went out and bought a scale for their bathroom. This was helpful for him to monitor his progress. Remember, weighing yourself weekly or every other week is most useful because women especially can be prone to fluctuate a 1-3 lbs. daily.
2. Incorporate more exercise
Curt is not one to get a gym membership or do an organized sport so he decided to find other ways to exercise and sweat. Splitting and stacking 100 quarts of wood, helped him lose quite a bit a weight, he also gardened, walked more, and found different opportunities to be active.
3. Eliminate soda – Drank more water
He went from drinking 1-2 sodas a day to no soda in his diet. He has replaced most drinks with water and he and his wife are more conscious about how many grams of sugar are in juices.
Just 20 oz. of coke is about 240 calories and 65 grams of sugar. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says just 12 oz. of sugary soda can make us gain up to 15 lbs. a year.
4. Replace your sugar snacks
Curt used to have donuts with the guys at break or a candy bar and soda. Now he brings a bottle of water, sea salt nuts and a yogurt. He has this every day and says the yogurt has really helped his digestion.
5. Increase fiber
Every night Curt and his wife have a big salad with their dinner. It’s a tradition Curt’s wife Lisa’s parents have done for more than 30 plus years and they are healthy 87 year olds. In addition, the food choices they make like switching to a marble rye bread have more fiber in them.
6. Cut portion sizes
Curt is no longer stuffing himself and has cut his portions. For example the Marble rye bread they get from Wegmans is bigger so he will cut it in half and make a sandwich from one piece of bread.
Lisa, Curt’s wife, says before Curt started eating better he would have nights he’d have to sleep on the couch because his stomach would be off, now he sleeps so much better, his digestion and energy are improved and no more nights on the couch.
Curt has also noticed that when he started taking the fish oil his joint stiffness improved. And his doctor was so impressed with Curt’s weight loss and blood test results he said he wished all his patients could be as determined as Curt.
Do you want to lose, 10 -25lbs.? You can! These are some simple things you can start doing too. Remember, Curt lost 25 lbs. and he still enjoys an occasional treat, drinks beer, and lives life, you don’t have to be perfect to lose weight. Follow some of these simple steps and see how your body responds.
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