Out of Shape 52-Year-Old Rediscovers ”MOJO” After Using Calorie-Tracking Watch To Lose Weight
My own journey into the dieting arena wasn’t typical. (Read my story www.Diet-Watch.com)
First off, I’ve NEVER experienced a weight problem before… until the last few years.
Since 1988, at age 28, I was a member of one gym or another, worked out 3-5 times a week, ate healthier than average, and was also an avid reader of health/nutritional information.
But then… from age 49-52, I worked longer hours sitting behind a computer, developed a taste for craft beers, went to numerous wine-tasting and food events, and got a little careless with my diet.
It was the “perfect storm.” Mid-age… sedentary work… staying up late… poor diet.
Before I knew it, my midsection started getting ‘thicker’ and I couldn’t understand why my clothes didn’t fit quite right, anymore.
Perhaps I was in denial, but I think I was also naive about ‘gaining weight’ because I had never experienced it in my life before.
Like most people, I thought all I needed to do was cut back on food, start walking or jogging, and the weight would fall off.
So I basically went “Forrest Gump,” jogging throughout and beyond the neighborhood.
But it wasn’t working so well…
At 52 years of age, I realized my body wasn’t as responsive to diet and exercise as it had been in the past.
Even working out at my health club didn’t seem to have the positive effect on my body like it had in the past.
I was starting to feel the impact of being ‘middle-aged’ and I wasn’t liking it one bit.
Since I’m not a big believer in ‘magic pills’ to lose weight, I knew I needed to dig deeper to find a solution that revolved around nutrition and exercise.
But what I found instead was a lot of contradictory and confusing information both online and in books.
And it took me awhile to weed through and test out several diet and exercise programs.
I usually felt hungry most of the time — and confused — never sure if I was on the right diet, eating the right amount of protein, carbs, fats, and calories, or if I was doing the correct exercises in the gym. (And I was a veteran of the gym.)
In those first few months I felt like I was in a constant state of ‘zombie-mode.’
One day while in a drugstore I stumbled on a calorie-counter/heart rate watch. I knew little about them so I didn’t buy it on the spot but went home and did some online research about these devices.
Once I had one in hand, I started testing and experimenting with it. And in three days it had completely transformed my views on “weight-loss.”
It helped me focus on the concept of ‘Calorie-Burning’… and NOT Calorie-Restriction.’
And that completely revolutionized my weight-loss strategy.
Controlling caloric intake by diet is short term and CAN’T be sustained for too long — humans love food — but ‘calorie-burning’ is long term and CAN be sustained.
As a result of following my new strategy, I was able to ‘churn and burn’ calories consistently, ridding my body of excess fat and inches in just a few weeks.
In addition, I found I could also eat a wider variety of foods that had previously been “off-limits” to me.
Sure, I still kept an eye on the kinds of foods I ate and range of calories I consumed, but I was no longer OBSESSIVE about any particular diet (low-carb, low-fat, high-protein, paleo diet, etc.), like I had been prior to using the watch.
I felt “normal” again.
As an added plus, the calorie-counter watch transformed my fitness workouts.