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Wink-Wink, nudge-nudge

Wink-Wink, nudge-nudge

by Sam Allen - October 25, 2013

Surely you’ve seen the Monty Python sketch where the guy says “nudge-nudge, wink-wink, say no more, say no more”. If you haven’t seen it, check it out on YouTube.

Here’s a true statement:

Losing weight is simple. Just figure out how many calories you should consume in a day to reach your desired weight (after considering your age, weight, and level of physical activity), eat that many calories each day and no more, and eventually you’ll weigh the desired weight.

Simple. Guaranteed or your money back.

Well, there’s a catch. It ain’t that easy (nudge-nudge, wink-wink, say no more- say no more). It’s hard to do, at least at first. Of course, there are a lot of things that are simple but not easy at first.

Hitting a golf ball with a driver. Making a meringue pie. Running a 5k. Throwing pottery.

Just like learning the guitar, playing golf, riding a bike, snowboarding, or properly cooking a soufflé, maintaining a healthy weight by incorporating a life-long set of good nutritional practices can be learned, adopted and perfected through knowledge, practice, and perseverance. Just about everybody can do it, but not many people do these days. It is a lifelong process and you get better and better at it as time goes by, so don’t give up if you shank your first tee shot.

Here’s the epiphany – losing weight and following healthy nutrition patterns simply take practice and perseverance. Start with the basics, seek to be an educated, trained, and aware calorie consumer, hone your talents with practice and repetition, and eventually you’ll get better and better at losing weight and you’ll reach your desired mass. And (if you give it just a little more thought and effort), you’ll stay a healthy weight the rest of your life. Think about it – for the rest of your life.

Here are the 4 simple steps needed to reach a healthy body weight (yes, there are only 4):

1. Realize that you’ll be doing this the rest of your life; that is, understand that you are permanently changing your eating habits from now on.
2. Figure your daily calorie needs. A dietitian or family physician would be a great resource.
3. Consume no more than the amount of calories indicated each day.
4. Lose weight.

Actually, step 3 is the only hard part. 1-2 and 4 are easy. Hell, 4 isn’t even a step, really.

Watch this blog for information, observations, and suggestions to help you hone your new craft. You’ll find tools to help you navigate the journey and every now and then, a (wink-wink, nudge–nudge, say no more-say no more) secret tip to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. OK, so you’re a beginner at this – so what?

At one time, so was Jack Nicolas, so was Yoyo Ma, so was Julia Childs, so was George Strait, so was Pablo Picasso, so was Meryl Streep. The sooner you start swinging, the sooner you’ll learn the secrets of the game and become a pro. Waddaya say mate – waddaya say – eh, wink wink? Eh? Yeh?

   

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