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The ‘New You Revolution’

Dr. Drew Werner

EAGLE COUNTY – Congratulations to all of you who have committed to make a healthy New Year’s resolution. For those of you who are still writing 2004 on your checks, it is never too late to make a change. Perhaps the most important aspect of change is to get help. We rarely ever need to go it alone. Help can come in a variety of forms. From self-education to professional guidance, the options are many. With a strong commitment and a bit of help, the impossible can suddenly become possible. As many of you know, Harald Fricker is making the impossible possible by embarking on his goal of losing 90 pounds and getting back into competitive running shape. Harald’s help comes from myself, personal trainer Joel Weinstein and CNN’s “New You Revolution.” Joel asked to write this week about his part in the program. Here are his thoughts: I lost it at the club.Lost what? What club? What in the world? I am sincerely referring to the 300,00 deaths related to obesity in the U.S. and to the $75 billion related to the medical costs that taxpayers paid through Medicare or Medicaid. I am referring to the 65 percent of Americans who are overweight or obese, and to the 52 million Americans on diets. According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, over 64 percent of adults in the U.S. ages 20 years and older are overweight, while 35 percent would qualify as obese. This represents a sharp increase since 1980, when 46 percent of adults were considered overweight and only 14.4 percent were obese. Some estimates suggest that by the year 2010, 40 percent of all Americans will be obese. So, what in the world are we doing? “I Lost It at the Club” is a nationwide health and wellness promotion. In Webster’s Dictionary, “lost” is defined as “to rid oneself of,” and “club” is defined as a “formal association of people with similar interests.” Simply put, the promotion is to get people to lose weight through the help and support provided by a health club.There is a buzz in the air and it’s in the new year. Whether you are Harald Fricker and partaking in CNN’s challenge “New You Revolution” (www.cnn.com/newyouresolution) or you have your own personal wellness goals, it’s time to resolve to evolve. It’s time to put a weight management plan into effect. There are two ways to approach this: the wrong way and the right way. The wrong way involves very low calorie or starvation diets, fads, quick fixes, etc. Remember Oprah’s liquid diet, the Scarsdale diet, the Atkins diet and fen-fen? These approaches are appealing because they require no responsibility. “You” migrate into the system and “they” tell you what to do. You don’t even have to think. However, suffering is a component of this approach and “when,” not “if” you fail, it becomes “your” fault because you couldn’t follow “their” plan. You weren’t a good enough “dieter,” and like millions of other hopeless people, your goal of losing weight fell short.The right approach involves the four P’s. Proper nutrition, Personalized vitamin supplementation, Productive exercise and Positive support. Sounds like common sense, huh? Fitness experts rely on body-composition (body fat vs. lean mass) instead of bodyweight because in the exercise world, muscle weighs more than fat. Lean muscle mass is very important in improving or “speeding up” one’s metabolism. It will help you burn more calories, even at rest. Ultimately, it will make you a more energy efficient machine with a lot more strength and tone in the arms, abs, back and legs. Becoming more active is another reason why you should incorporate a multi-vitamin into your program. Research has proven that physically active people have much higher metabolic requirements. The amount and quality of your caloric intake, combined with a vitamin supplement, is of utmost importance. Vitamins accomplish two things. First, they act as a spark plug and help ignite nutrients so that you achieve optimal utilization from your food. Second, they ensure that all nutritional gaps are filled, allowing your body to efficiently and effectively burn fat, gain lean muscle mass and fully adapt to increased demands. Another benefit of the right method is that it makes you feel so good. Exercise promotes the release of endorphins, or “feel good hormones,” so not only will you look better, you’ll feel better. Along with your newfound understanding of the healthy relationship between food, supplementation and exercise will come a heightened sense of wellness.At our club we are committed to help support you through the “I Lost It at the Club” program. The fitness experts here want you to succeed. We will provide you with the tools to help you reach your health and wellness goals and to keep you moving forward in 2005 to be the best you can be!Best of health, Joel WeinsteinJoel Weinstein is a master trainer at The Club at Allegria Spa, located in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. He can be reached at jweinstein@allegriaspa.com or through http://www.jawfitness.com. We are fortunate to live in an area where so much help is available. In addition to Joel and the staff at Allegria, there are many excellent health clubs staffed with people ready to help you reach your goals. Don’t forget, too, that a quick look out the front door shows our greatest exercise facilities.Originally scheduled to air on CNN on Monday, Jan. 3, the devastating tsunami has landed CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta in Sri Lanka, where he is covering the crisis there from a medical point of view. That has delayed the start of the “New You Revolution” until Jan. 17. Look for us on CNN then!Dr. Drew Werner of the Eagle Valley Medical Center writes a weekly column for the Daily. He encourages health questions. Write him by e-mail to editor@vaildaily.com or c/o Editor, Vail Daily, P.O. Box 81, Vail, 81658.Vail Colorado


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