Did you know there was such a thing as the Colorado Diet, designed to help users shed 20 pounds in eight weeks?
The mechanics of the diet are outlined in “State of Slim,” a new book that champions “the Mile-High Metabolism” by Dr. James Hill, founding executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, Dr. Holly Wyatt, a researcher at the center, and Christie Aschwanden, an award-winning author and health columnist for The Washington Post.
The book is available at bookstores and through Amazon.com.
“The best long-term eating strategy is not food restriction but eating smarter,” says Hill. “Losing weight can occur with temporary behaviors, while keeping weight off requires the establishment of new habits, routines and rituals. This takes time but is important for long-term success.”
Using years’ worth of research from patients in their weight loss clinic – along with looking at the habits of lean people – the diet is divided into three phases: Reignite, Rebuild and Reinforce your metabolism. In the Reignite and Rebuild phases, users are expected to drop 20 pounds in eight weeks as they learn how to eat and move so they are working with their body’s metabolism. The Reinforce phase tells how to continue to lose weight by making changes in your environment and your mind-set.
The authors also unearthed statistical support for their diet in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which found that Colorado has been the least obese state in the nation since 2010. The index found that less than 20 percent of adults in the state are overweight.
The authors say the key to a successful diet lies in an expectation of success, a clear sense of motivation (why are you doing this?) and creating a healthy environment. They recommend working up to a goal of 70 minutes of exercise six days a week.
Can someone really lose weight without giving up hot fudge sundaes?
“Forget counting calories – this does not work,” says Hill. “The essence of the plan is to monitor physical activity and weight and adjust food intake when needed.”
Mike Pearson is a 30-year veteran of newspaper and magazine journalism and former Features Editor at the Rocky Mountain News. He currently teaches journalism at Metropolitan State University of Denver.