Why weight?

Losing pounds is easier in packs, as with Family Y's Team Lean

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One of the problems of living in a developed country, albeit a nice problem to have, is the ample and fatty foods.

They practically throw themselves at you!

It would be tempting enough if the food was available just in grocery stores and such. But no. Restaurants have expert teams of diabolical scientists who are constantly finding new, delicious, evil ways to prepare food. It’s gotten to the point that you can’t even make a sandwich better at home!

So, it’s incredibly easy to pack on the pounds. And, as a cruel twist of fate, it’s seemingly impossible to lose them.

But it only looks and feels that way. The truth is, with just a little focus on healthier eating, and a firm commitment to regular exercise, you can lose all the weight you want.

We’ve also learned over the years that doing it is easier if you’re cheered on by others who are also trying to shed pounds, as well as friends and family who add encouragement from the sidelines. In many cases, as in television’s The Biggest Loser, it can become a fun and friendly competition.

All that – plus an invaluable expertise in both diet and exercise – is what makes Augusta’s Family Y’s “Team Lean” program so delectable.

The 12-week program, open to nonmembers too, helps individuals and teams lose weight with exercise, free weekly health presentations, community events and dietary guidance provided by the experts at Weight Watchers.

Losing weight is no small matter, either, especially in Augusta. As the Team Lean program notes, the Centers for Disease Control in 2008 cited Augusta as the fifth-most unhealthy community in the country.

In the bigger picture, being obese or overweight has not only robbed many Americans of more active and rewarding lifestyles, but has even become a national security issue. Weight-related health problems are becoming more and more of a drag on an already-ailing national economy.

Augusta is no longer on the CDC’s list of the top 20 unhealthiest places, and the Family Y’s efforts may have something to do with that.

So can peer pressure. When you’re involved in a competition such as Team Lean, you not only want to lose weight for yourself, but for the team. And there are weigh-ins every Thursday at area Y’s to keep participants on track.

Lots of folks make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, but the pledges are often vague and lonely and quickly and easily discarded. A group effort can help you focus on specific, attainable goals, and to keep working toward them. In the case of Team Lean, participants are even competing for cash prizes.

Team Lean weekly health presentations include tips on healthier navigating of both the grocery store and the restaurant scene.

You may have noticed that the number and size of fitness centers in the area have exploded in the past few years, and there’s a good reason for that. Healthier living can be habit-forming. It feels good to feel good, and you’ll be surprised how quickly even small changes in diet and exercise will have you feeling good.

We encourage you to take your all-too-often temporary New Year’s resolution and trade it in for a New Life promise to yourself. It’s done one step at a time – and you don’t have to do it alone.

(Today is the final day of registration for the upcoming 12-week Team Lean competition. To register, stop in for a weigh-in at any area Y. The sign-up fee for the 12-week competition is $50 for Y members, $70 for nonmembers, $300 per church or school – with a minimum of 10 participants – or $40 per person for corporate teams, with a minimum of 10 participants.)

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soapy_725 01/18/13 - 10:00 am
Gaining and losing weight is another

"fad of the ages". Many are making millions on the merry go round. While the federal government and the FDA have forced the food industry in America to play the mass produced, preservative loaded, sugar filled, salt filled, but low fat foods down our throats. There is a direct correlation between the state mandate to remove evil fat and replace same with a variety of salts and sugars for flavor and American obesity. The timeline is amazing. Europe is touted as a successful diet standard. But Europeans eat fresh food. Fresh meat without preservatives and salt brines. Fresh bead that does not have to last for weeks. Vegetables that have not been engineered to look perfect and have no taste.

American drink soda for water. And they are definitely getting more that their eight glasses a day.

Everything on the McD's menu except the salad is subsidized by the federal government. While demanding the McD's post food content labels, the federal government is encouraging McD's to use more corn products, corn sugar and corn syrup via farm subsides.

Look at the school menu's. They could save money by outsourcing same to McD's.

It is all a game. Twenty eight meals for ten bucks a day. After and before photos instead of before and after photos. Pregnant women before and after birth.

Some churches have added weight training to their "mission statements". Rich, lean and tan is a commandment of God.

Moderation in all things is simple, inexpensive and you do not need a "emotion crutch". Grow up!! Be an adult !!

Riverman1 01/18/13 - 12:03 pm
Standard American Diet

The standard American diet (SAD) has caused obesity in this country and everywhere around the world it has spread. Nutritionists are behind the learning curve with their recommendations. We consume far too many carbohydrates hidden in many foods. Consuming fat is not the problem. On the other hand, manufactured foods, high fructose corn syrup in everything including bread and sodas has caused obesity and diabetes like nothing before. Eat like your grandparents did. Meat, vegs, little fruit now and then and limit your alcohol intake to holidays. Stay away from anything a company slaps a name on.

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