• Janis Schole

Compound Benefits Are Powerful

Updated: Apr 4, 2019

Feb. 16, 2019

Four for one - where else can you get those kinds of returns? Lose 10 pounds, and that’s 40 fewer pounds of pressure per step that your knees must support.

Weight loss does take effort, but the payoff is phenomenal! In personal finance, compound interest is powerful - likewise, in personal health, the compound benefits that weight loss brings are spectacular, to the point of putting life's usual 'return-on-investment charts' to shame. That four-fold decrease of wear and tear and painful inflammation in your knees can logically and likely also be applied to your hips, ankles, and spine, not to mention the rest of your body, perhaps to a lesser degree. In addition to lightening the skeletal load, a vast list of other health/disease risks that plummet with weight loss is a comforting reward, making it further worth the effort - not to mention how much better you feel psychologically.

So, lose to win! A small loss is a big gain! And, like compound interest, small changes bring big changes over time. I can't believe it has been 2 years already since I started losing weight. Time really does fly!

Here are some useful tips and simple ways to shed pounds that I found on the Internet. You can start with only one or two changes and build momentum and self confidence from there:

•reduce portion sizes

• add one vegetable to your plate

•go for a walk after a meal

•take the stairs rather than the escalator or elevator

•pack your own lunch instead of eating out

•use a pedometer

•drink more water

•journal (write down) every bite that you consume

"To lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories through food than you burn off by exercise. You can do that by eating less or exercising more — but the best results are often achieved with a combination of both. Since a pound of fat is about 3,500 calories, you can lose that amount in a week by aiming for a deficit of 500 calories a day. For instance, you might aim to burn an extra 200 calories through exercise and cut another 300 calories from your diet."

Start today, making simple, small changes, be consistent (you won't be perfect, and you don't have to be!) and you will reap great rewards. Trust me. I know.

P.s. As of today, I've lost 167 lbs.

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