Leigh Horton
Special to the Daily

‘State of Slim’ author visits Bookworm of Edwards

Janus, the two-headed Roman god of beginnings, lent his name to the first month of the calendar. In January, many people emulate Janus by reminiscing about the previous year and looking forward to the next, determining how best to alter their lives. New Year’s Resolutions are made and quickly forgotten after failed trips to the gym, succumbing to temptations while grocery shopping, and unintentionally dipping into bank accounts.

But for those dedicated to losing weight this year, The Bookworm of Edwards is helping people keep those resolves. James Hill, a professor at the University of Colorado and the founding executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at CU, is coming to the Bookworm of Edwards Tuesday to present his diet book “State of Slim.”

He and Dr. Holly Wyatt, co-authors of the book, base the diet on the fact that Coloradans are some of the fittest in the nation because of the natural beauty prompting people born in Colorado and those who “got here as fast as they could” to adopt active lifestyles. Not only are Coloradans more active, but they also have more access to fresh, seasonal foods because of the proximity to agricultural land.

However, people need not live in the Rockies to take advantage of this diet. It is a simple, user-friendly program that allows food and exercise variety. The theory focuses on boosting metabolisms, by acclimating to the diet through a low-carb induction time, later introducing grains and exercise, and finally encouraging participants to eat a healthy diet with few regulations. Although this is an exercise-heavy plan (encouraging 70 minutes of daily exercise for six weeks), the weight loss through diet and toning through exercise ensure results for people who strictly follow the program.

According to Hill, “there is no magic bullet for weight loss but for people willing to do the hard work, this program will show you how to succeed.” The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center offers “State of Slim” classes for those interested in meeting with dietitians specializing in this program, and learning what exercises will benefit body type and hectic schedules. The 16-week, $679 classes are so popular that have waiting lists, so booking early is essential.

The classes not only give one-on-one advice on diet implementation, but they reinforce the program’s six cornerstone steps. The six steps essential to success are: daily activity, consuming real food, constructing healthy environments, committing to the purpose, believing in success, and making healthy choices fun.

A change in mental state

Daily activity and eating high-quality food are the best ways to get a “mile-high metabolism,” Hill said. Healthy and encouraging surroundings also support weight-loss and health goals and encourage continued commitment to the plan. Hill also claims that finding a purpose for a better life will aid weight-loss. And that achievement need not be cruel! Deprivation is not sustainable, so people need to find ways to make dieting fun. Working toward a goal, and believing in success can make diets enjoyable, a key component of the “State of Slim” program.

All this encouragement may seem intangible and fluffy, but Hill suggests that this diet is more of change in mental state than a step-by-step guide to the perfect beach-body.

“This is a program to show you how to change your behavior permanently,” Hill said. However, he and Wyatt balance the encouragement with practical steps like eat six times per day, consume breakfast within an hour of waking, and measure amounts of food instead of calories.

To some people, this diet may seem impossible to maintain because of 70 minutes of daily exercise and six meals a day. However, there are implementation tips widely available in the book and online (not to mention the classes for the devoted and lucky few), and it is proven to be effective. Hill has been researching weight-management for 30 years.

He has changed his eating habits and regularly used the eating plan and regularly goes through phase one of the diet, losing several pounds in the first few weeks. Case study successes and his own success in weight-loss indicate that this new diet is not simply a fad diet followed by celebrities, but an effective, long-term weight-management aid.

Leigh Horton is the journalism intern at the Bookworm of Edwards and a student at the Colorado School of Mines. Email comments about this story to cschnell@vaildaily.com.


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