There are two sure fire comments that I can make on the air which will get hackles way, way up. The first is to say anything which even sounds remotely like a criticism of cats (for some reason it doesn’t work for dogs, chickens, pigs or parakeets…just cats) or comment that, for the most part, being fat is your own darn fault. There’s even a fan site for my show called “We Love Dr. Laura” – which has a thread that goes wild whenever I take a “fat” call and give my opinion that by and large, being fat and unfit is a voluntary condition.
Let me give you an example: a woman called to tell me about her mean, mean, and oh so mean, husband who is trying to influence her to lose weight and start working out. She just about had a fit on the phone, telling me that he should just love her the way she is…or he’s, simply, a bad guy. Since when don’t we owe our families our healthiest selves: mind, body and soul?
When I didn’t agree with her, the harrumph resounded across the land.
I’ve basically told people who call about weight that it is ultimately a simple issue: “eat less, move more.” That might not result in the kind of body they show off in all those home exercise equipment videos (by the way…does anybody believe you go from fat and flabby, to svelte and ripped exercising 20 minutes a day, three times a week?). Nonetheless, you can evolve into a more healthy, fit, and attractive version of yourself.
This is all in preparation for an inspirational story of a fat man, 330 pounds, who wanted become a Marine. Their answer was, well, nope. Committed as he was to joining the military, he did what is generally said to be too difficult to do: without miracle weight loss potions sold on television, he moved more and ate less. The 23-year old man gave up beer, cut his food portions way, way down, and exercised 140 pounds away in about a year.
Kindly, the Marine recruiters also worked with him – helping him to develop an appropriate, safe yet effective workout regimen.
When his friends would sit down for beer and pizza, he’d put on a head lamp and go out for a run in the dark.
Eat less…move more. It’s the least expensive weight management program on the planet.