Is this what dinner looked like last night?

When I was up to 337 lbs, dinner often looked like this:

pizza_deliveryNot only was the food conducive to obesity (cheese = fat; crust = refined grain = sugar).  But it also reflects a lifestyle devoid of much activity.  When I was that size, I often had meals delivered; avoided the subway because it meant climbing stairs and sweating; felt tired much of the time.  When you’re big, even little things require a lot of effort and energy expenditure.I

I enjoy being able to be more active and out in the world.   The more weight you lose, though, the more activity you need to maintain the weight loss, because as you lose weight, you expend fewer calories doing the same things.

Yesterday, I walked 2.5 miles doing errands and 1 mile in the park with family – we just talked and enjoyed each other’s company.  Being in green spaces is stress-reducing, too; stress reduction is an important part of #weightloss.

Promontory

So, try to avoid the delivery man and the drive-through.

 

 

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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