Not That Simple

Deuteronomy 30:11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.

    The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently released a new study tracking more the weight of than 34,000 women over 13 years. It found that women who consumed the average American diet with moderate exercise for an hour a day were only successful in maintaining a healthy weight if they were already thin.

File:Treadmills at gym.jpg”What?” you scream. This study is showing us a couple of things eating the usual American diet and moderate exercise will only make us fat. Since we’re trying to build and maintain Divine Health, we have to use this information to our benefit. It also says that if we want to reach our goal, we need to make an adjustment. All that time on the treadmill is not enough alone. We need to explore exactly what we are doing and the impact that it is having on us in order for us to make the appropriate changes to improve our results.

First, I think we need to give up the notion that the diet and exercise modification is easy. I don’t know about you, but I gave that idea up ages ago. Unfortunately, the media and the fitness industry keep telling us how great changes can come quickly, easily and with little effort. In my drowsy state, I’ve seen more than a handful of infomercials promising dramatic results immediately with a plan that is supposed to be simple and fun.

The advice to simply walk 30 minutes a day is good only if you’re already at your goal weight. A leisurely stroll might be good for your daily constitution, however, it is not great for significant weight loss. Of course, if you can do no more your 30 minutes are key. One thing to add it a little purpose, determination and intensity.

NBC spent some time with Vickie Jones, a pastor’s wife, who has been working diligently in attempting to loose weight with little success. The secret to her success will be continuing to fine tune what she eats. If you watch the video it doesn’t seem that she eats too much and it seems that she gets exercise regularly. In a 6-month period, she’s lost only 5 pounds.

I can feel her pain. Vickie probably needs to make a few additional adjustments. If eating the same thing everyday and doing the same workout hasn’t produced result, a change in order. Your body does get used to routine and can be pushed beyond what we normally like to do. Also, there is no mention of any weight training. Building some muscle not helps in definition and strengthening bone, it burns additional calories. Vickie believes she has the faith to continue to get to her goal. It is not beyond her reach. It requires faith and works, for we know that faith without works is dead.


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