Fitness Tip of the Day: Two Words: PORTION CONTROL
Jared Fogle, Subway, portion control, moderation
Subway made a fortune off of Jared Fogle, who used the chain to catapult him into weight loss stardom. Truth is, he could have picked any fast food joint in the world, including McDonald's, to satisfy his cravings and change his eating habits. Subway just happened to be the lucky recipient.
Jared's weight loss plan included healthier choices and significantly smaller portions free of fattening condiments. Anyone who weighs 425 pounds and eats two 6-inch turkey subs a day (lunch and dinner; coffee for breakfast) for nearly a year without cheating is guaranteed to lose weight. A 245 pound loss should be no surprise. Adding exercise to the mix will only hasten the process, which Jared began toward the end of his plan.
Healthy eating choices are abundant at nearly every restaurant. You can eat almost anything and still lose weight.... as long as it's in MODERATION. Adding exercise will increase energy, tone your body, and help you become more fit. In order to maintain weight loss and healthy living, you must combine portion control with exercise. You CANNOT have one without the other. When Jared began gaining weight again after his successful weight loss, he added exercise and even completed the NYC Marathon in 2010.
Have you ever watched runners at a Marathon? If so, you've seen all kinds of body types. So, how is it possible to log on literally hundreds of miles in training and run distances of 26.2 miles yet still be overweight? Simple. Long distance runners often have the wrong impression that they have a free pass to eating anything they want simply because they run for hours. They pack in the carbs, have pre-race carb-loading parties, and overindulge in high-calorie food and drink post-race. If this doesn't make a person sick, I don't know what will. If your goal is to lose weight, you absolutely must keep your portions under control in addition to regular exercise.
Portion control and exercise. Memorize that phrase. That is the key to weight loss. Jared was a smart marketing man, but you don't necessarily need Subway, grapefruits, cigarettes, all-liquids, all-proteins or other fad diets to shed pounds and become fit.
*Disclaimer: The aforementioned is not to be construed as medical or professional fitness advice. Please always consult the advice of a physician, nutritionist, or other medical personnel before beginning any fitness or nutritional program.