How about putting the fat in Fat Tuesday?
Like most blubbery and beer-numbed Americans, I’m always looking for effective and yet convenient ways to manage my weight. My own fitness plan never stays steady for more than a few months, since I (stupidly) tend to over-analyze and am too impatient to wait for long-term results.
I managed to lose 40 pounds from mid-2015 to mid-2016 and went from an “obese” 30.0 BMI to a “normal” 24.7. Despite the odd lapse from holidays and some minor illness since the New Year I’ve held my ground, but I’d like to get my body fat down about 3% to 4% more this year from the roughly 20% I’m at now. That’s maybe 10 more pounds of fat.
Thankfully, I don’t struggle much with motivation. Vanity, more than Gluttony, has always been my preferred Sin. I hated being a fat, fat-faced fat-ass and don’t want to go back to it ever again. I’ll see it through, but probably the one place I need guidance is just finding a program that’s more safe and sensible that I can comfortably stick with for the long term than anything else. I’ve started to move away from calorie counting (mostly because it’s a hassle) and am more interested in just finding what’s best to eat, what should be avoided, what types of exercise I should do, and how often.
Maybe I’ll never get it perfectly figured out, but I’ll never stop working at it until I’m inevitably killed by either tobacco use or alcohol abuse. Mourners will remark about how lithe my corpse is, how I look so peaceful like I just polished off a Jack and Coke, and how disappointing it was that the funeral home didn’t bother to clean the nicotine stains off of my fingers. I’m keeping some of my vices. I just don’t want to be fat, okay? Shut up.
Other people, understandably, do have to work hard to stay motivated. Mrs Thrill is one of these folks. So I saw this new study from the Obesity Society about the effectiveness of “telephonic wellness coaching” on weight loss and was curious to know if anyone has had any experience with this sort of program. According to the study, it does work.
This study was designed to evaluate the impact of a real-world telephonic wellness coaching program on weight loss among patients whose goals were to manage their weight, improve their healthy eating habits, or increase their physical activity. Among wellness coaching participants, we found a significant downward trajectory in BMI over a 12-month period starting from the first coaching session, compared with matched controls who were not exposed to coaching, and an estimated level of BMI reduction of greater than one unit, which is considered clinically significant in populations with overweight and obesity . These results are comparable to those of clinical trials of coaching interventions [19, 20], suggesting that telephonic coaching programs can be effective when adopted as part of routine clinical care.
Apparently, this is a service that Weight Watchers offers, among others. The big pluses to me, besides the favorable data, are that it looks cheap and convenient and I’m both poor and lazy.
What do you think? Is this something any of you have tried or do you think it’s something that would help you or someone you know?