Are you struggling to lose weight for good? Being overweight and obese can lead to many health problems including high blood pressure and diabetes, just to name a few. Every time you turn on the television, check Facebook, read your favorite magazine, spend time on Pinterest, or even chat with a friend someone is talking about another new fad diet that promises to help you not only lose weight for bikini season, but for good. Unfortunately, most if not all don’t work.
If losing weight and getting healthy once and for all is what you’re striving for, you are in luck. Renowned physician and NYU Director of Men’s Health, Dr. Steven Lamm joined me yesterday along with organizing expert, Julie Morgenstern to discuss how not just your eating habits, but organizing habits are affecting how much weight you’re losing or not losing. They discussed the My Healthy Promise “which is a national movement intended to change how we think of obesity from just pounds that people lose to health gain”, the importance of speaking with your physician about your weight loss goals and much more!
Candace Rose: What is My HealthyTM, and what is the My Healthy Promise?
Dr. Steven Lamm: “I’m Dr. Steven Lamm, I’m the director of men’s health for NYU, and I”m really very pleased to be working with Eisai on My Healthy, which is a national movement intended to change how we think of obesity from just pounds that people lose to health gain.
I think a lot of people who are obese, a lot of people who are overweight and do have what we call comorbid issues – blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar – may not appreciate that losing three to five percent of their weight, let’s say 10 pounds if they were 200 pounds to begin with may have a positive impact on some of those medical parameters. Of course if you lose more than five percent, you may actually have even greater gains. Three to five percent or more may actually have a nice impact on a disease that we now recognize as a disease.
Obesity, according to the AMA is a disease. It’s complicated, there are a lot of reasons why certain people are overweight – some genetic, some metabolic. Whatever the reason, we have a third of Americans who are obese and a third who are overweight, it contributes to a lot of medical problems, it’s worth taking ownership of and doing whatever it takes to successfully create and build a program. And that’s what the MyHealthy.com site is. Make a promise, go to the site, make a promise to yourself that you’re going to visit your doctor. Share with your doctor your concerns, find out what your BMI is and blood sugar. Give them permission to talk to you about your weight. Change your eating program, change your exercise program, work with your doctor and then make some small changes in your personal life that Julie, whose really an expert in this might be able to give you some tips.”
Julie Morgenstern: “Candace, I’m a professional organizer and I work with people every day around the country to help them take control of their lives by organizing their spaces and their schedules. One of the best first steps that you can take when you’re resetting your whole approach to your health is to clean out your closet, or what I call ‘liberate your closet’.
Our closets when we struggle with our weight are very often stuffed to the gills, but we can’t find anything to wear because we have things in multiple sizes. We may think that those smaller clothes are going to motivate us to try to fit into them, but in fact those clothes kind of but in fact those smaller clothes just criticize us every day, right? It’s like judging us ‘You’re not in me yet.’ It makes us feel bad about where we aren’t.
Liberating your closet is one of these concrete very small steps you can do to take control right away, at the beginning of this whole program and remove everything from your closet that doesn’t currently fit you. I’m not saying you have to get rid of everything permanently. You might store really beautiful clothes in smaller sizes, that you store them elsewhere by size, and as you get to your weight loss goals you can switch out your closet and kind of shop your own closet.
But at the end of this liberate your closet process – imagine opening your closet every day, and what is in your closet fits you, each and every garment. It starts out very positively every day, encouraging you to feel great, you feel like a million bucks and that motivates you to take many of the other very small steps that will really have a big impact on your health.”
Candace Rose: How about for those who have already started to lose weight and have bigger sizes in their closet. Do you suggest they get rid of the clothing altogether?
Julie Morgenstern: “I think so. If you really think about it, keeping clothes as we’re losing weight, and remember, we’re losing weight not temporarily; this is a whole lifestyle mindset, health engagement. Hanging onto them is just a message that we’re giving ourselves that we’re not really confident that this is permanent, that we’re making real lifestyle changes. Release them, get them out into the world. On the MyHealthy.com website there’s resources of where you can give things away to, give them away to somebody that can use them now, who they fit now. Keep yourself in the present and moving forward, I think that’s a much more powerful message that we can give ourselves in the way we organize our space.”