We’ve reached that time of year when the average overweight American (which, as you know, is most Americans) will start gaining about a pound a week for the next five weeks (between the Thanksgiving Day holiday, November 25, and New Year’s Day, January 1).
Unfortunately, they will not lose that weight in the first five weeks of the New Year, nor even in the 37 weeks after that, before the next Thanksgiving Day holiday comes back around. Do the math and it’s not hard to understand why so many people suffer from overweight and obesity.
One way to avoid this eventuality is to pay attention to the many vital balances that under gird health and wellness. Between now and the end of the year, these Wellness Pathways will describe one vital balance per week, including:
The Calorie Balance. In the end, weight gain comes to an imbalance between calories in and calories out. This Pathway will recap our recommendations for staying in balance.
The Calcium Balance. People take calcium to avoid osteoporosis — thin, porous, and brittle bones that tend to break easily. But calcium intake may not be the problem. Too much animal protein can result in so much calcium going out that the vital balance is disrupted.
The pH Balance. One reason that too much animal protein can result in excessive calcium loss is because meat, along with cereals, dairy products, legumes, fish, and eggs, are acid-rich foods. Fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, produce alkaline loads to help the body maintain a healthy pH balance.
The Fatty-Acid Balance. The problem with modern diets is not just that they are high-fat, it’s that they are loaded with primarily unhealthy fats, including Saturated Fat, Trans-Fat, and other Omega-6 Fats. By eating more Omega-3 Fats, we can bring this important ratio back into balance.
The Potassium-Sodium Balance. Although some people are more salt sensitive than others, everyone would do well to minimize or eliminate their consumption of salt at the table and in prepared foods. But the ratio of potassium to sodium in our diets may be the culprit behind high-blood pressure and kidney function. We need to balance our consumption of salt with potassium-rich foods.
The Work-Rest Balance. All work and no play is not only a formula for burnout, it’s a formula for injury, illness, and even death. We need to balance our exertion and recovery periods if we hope to stay at the top of our game.
I hope you will join me in the weeks ahead not only in the commitment to gain little or no weight over the holidays, but also in maintaining those vital balances for health and wellness.
Coaching Inquiries: Is your diet in balance? Are your workouts in balance? Is your life in balance? How could paying attention to balance assist you to avoid weight gain over the holidays?
May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
President, LifeTrek Coaching International, www.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformation, www.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coaching, www.CertifiedCoach.org
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