Have you heard about Robert Gibbs? He’s a morbidly obese 23-year-old who posted a video on You Tube, pleading for someone to help him lose weight. The video has been viewed about a million times and several experts have stepped up, willing to help. On of them is our friend, Today’s show nutritionist Joy Bauer. She has three simple, straight-forward pieces of advice for Robert - or for anyone else who needs to lose weight, but feels so overwhelmed by it, they don’t know how to start.
1. Start walking every day. Even if it’s just to the end of your driveway and back. In the beginning, it’s not really about the distance or the calories burned - it’s more about getting your body used to regular physical activity and feeling a sense of accomplishment. Every few days, try to increase your duration by a little bit, even if it’s only an extra minute. Gradually getting into a regular walking routine can help boost your mood and increase your motivation to get healthy.
2. Cut your portions in half. If you’re not ready for a diet overhaul, start by cutting portions of whatever you’re currently eating in half. You’ll instantly reduce your calorie, fat and sugar intake by 50-percent, and that’s substantial. Instead of six pieces of pizza at lunch, eat 3. Then, as the weight starts to come off, you can start to focus on eating better foods.
3. Wipe out liquid calories. Cut out all sugary beverages - whether it’s soda, lemonade, sweet tea, or fruit juice. You can literally save yourself hundreds if not thousands of calories per day. Robert has been drinking 2-liters of soda a day. And, since liquid calories don’t fill you up the same way solid food does, cutting the sugary drinks won’t even leave you feeling hungry.