I agree with those that say this is meant for a person new to food changes and exercise. If a person were drinking their calories and were sedentary, these simple changes would create a calorie deficit that could equate to 1lb a week. For those that already have eliminated those sugary drinks and have started an exercise program it takes a little more to keep those pounds coming off. I also agree that the scale should only be one means of measuring your success. Even if the scale stays the same your body will probably be losing inches (my case specifically- I went from an apple to a pear (darn hips and thighs) but the scale stayed the same). This would be a non-intimidating way to make a couple of small changes to get started and build upon. Perseverance is the key.
7/8/2014 6:36:20 PM
I think the suggestions are a great start for folks who are not active.
This probably sets wrong expectations in many people's minds...! Everyone loses weight at a different pace. I honestly dont think this would make you lose a pound a week, though its surely a super healthy habbit to get into and build up on!
Very misleading! I haven't had soda in over 10 years and I walk well over 10 minutes a day (60-90 minutes) and I'm lucky I'm losing 1 lb a month! It's not my diet either, zero junk food and my meals are balanced and portioned, so don't try blaming that. Every body is different and to claim a 1 lb loss a week is that easy is as bad as any weight loss pill/plan claim!
Shame on you SparkPeople!
5/28/2014 8:03:30 AM
I reduce my soda intake to special occasins only..I will start walking a mile a day I'll let you know by the end of the week if I lost that 1 pound
Gee, I'd like to think it is so easy. But, I'm trying anew so I guess I will try water and walking with tracking food. It's as good a place to start as any other. And honestly it sounds doable. Water and walking, yes, I think I can do that each day.
5/18/2014 9:08:50 PM
If only it was this simple!
5/18/2014 8:01:36 AM
I agree with some of the other comments that the one pound loss a week isn't always true. I also strictly adhere to 1200 to 1500 calories a day and walk 90 minutes. Initially I lost weight. After the first 15 pounds I began plateauing. Seems I would loose a couple pounds and then plateau for 2-3 weeks. I still stuck with the program as I know I feel better and my clothes fit better. DON'T LET THE SCALE BE YOUR ONLY MOTIVATOR. You can do it!
A lot of us are routine exercisers. And for those who don't exercise and who do drink calorie laden beverages, these tips are absolutely true, and this video is intended to encourage them. We all have to start somewhere. Big changes happen for those who need to shed a great deal of weight. And success in the beginning can start a personal revolution for change. Drink water, and you might find you like like not feeling sluggish, such as when you drink sugared drinks. Keep moving, and you'll feel better, and you might find you want to keep moving. Here's to the Power in Momentum!
I can see where this could work for people who routinely do not exercise and drink their calories, but this undoubtedly not work for me, as the only beverage I drink with calories is coffee with creamer and I already make myself sweat for 20+ minutes each day. I do know people who would probably drop a lot of weight (initially) from simply switching from soda to water and walking 10 minutes. Everyone is different and we all have to start somewhere - this could be a real motivator for those who are still timid about exercise and like their sweet drinks.
I agree that this could be misleading...I walk 4 miles a day (25 min each)...I drink 8+ waters a day and eat no more than 1200 calories a day...In theory I should be losing at least 2# a week...I very seldom lose over 1# a week...I am down 50# from my highest weight but hadn't lost in 3 months...I reduced my calories a little this past month and lost 4#.
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