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Weight Loss Arsenal – “To the Bat Cave!”

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All about the analogies:

Anyone who knows me, knows I love to put concepts into analogies.  Some people say I have a gift for it and some say I know way too much about movies, tv and sci-fi.

Lets take a look at what we need to help us with the weight loss.  Just like Batman using one of his awesome “bat”-gadgets to defeat the bad guys and save the city.  We too have to use special tools and knowledge to save ourselves.  So lets start by going to our secret base of operations and go over our good health weapons and tools.

First weapon is Portion Control Checker:

Portion control is crucial in this adventure.  Without portion control we will either eat too much or too little.  Portion control will also help use to keep track of how much nutrients, proteins, carbs, fiber and fats we will consume.  These measurements will help to ensure we get the right ratios into our bodies.

A portion control check tool can be either a food scale, measuring cup or storage container.  The key is to know what you are trying to measure.  I tend to use the food scale as much as possible.  You can buy one for little money on Amazon, Walmart, eBay or ask for it as a special gift!  I highly recommend that you get one.  I also use measuring cups and spoons for items such as liquids or powders.

Next item, the database

Batman cannot be a great detective without the use of his bat computer.  The bat computer provides detailed analysis of every known element and has detailed information about his enemies and allies.  With this knowledge, batman can make strategic decisions on how to defeat either one.  He can also maintain information about elements or enemies that can cause harm to himself by just being around them.  If he knows that an enemy is radioactive, he can wear a bat suit made of lead.

Just like batman, you need to know everything about your friendly food and your bad food.  There are a few applications freely available on the web that can help you identify and track every type of food that you can encounter on a daily bases.  With this knowledge, you will have a better chance at conquering what is keeping you overweight and initially sick.

The application I like best is called “MyFitnessPal”, there is a paid for version and a free version.  The application is available for all platforms Apple iOS and Android.  You can also access the application on the web at https://myfitnesspal.com/.  You can use Facebook to create an account.  This application has many features that can help you track your daily intake of food.  I will make a dedication article on all the features you can do with this app at a later point.

The diagnostics and motivation device(s):

Just like batman using some sort of sensor in his suit or vehicle to monitor his health, suit integrity and power usage.  The sensors can also tell Batman when to move around or get out of the way.  We tool need similar tools to help us diagnose our body’s power usage, activity levels and sometimes our sugar levels.  The tool can also serve as a motivation for change in activity.

I like to use a monitoring device such as “FitBit”.  It is a smart watch that has sensors that can track most of your exercise and movement activities and on most models track your heart rate.  With this information you can ensure you are at peak efficiency on fat burning and getting the right amount of exercise in.  It also has many other features such as motivation reminders.  Basically it will bug you to get up and move around if it finds you are sitting still too long.  Sometimes we need that little jolt to get moving.  The other nice feature the watch has is the ability to monitor your sleep activity.  Why is this important?  I will go into that another time.

Glucose or blood sugar meters.  If you are a diabetic, you need to keep track of your sugar levels.  One reason is to ensure that you do not go into a coma, the other is to ensure your Glucose levels are remaining in the normal range.  This is important and I will provide information in another article to explain in detail.

The bat medicine:

Just like batman takes a special pill to counteract some poison or provide him with a boost of energy, we too need something similar.  This is essentially in the form of vitamins.

Vitamin supplements are going to be very important.  Generally we do not get enough vitamins in our diet and this leads to issues with getting sick, lack of energy and our body’s need to crave more food to compensate.

At first I used one a day vitamins for men.  My wife used one a day for woman.  After I had my surgery I had to switch to a special bariatric vitamin supplement to ensure I get the daily amount of required vitamins.  I will explain more about this in another article.

That’s enough for now.  I encourage you to check out some of the suggestions in this article.  If you do not have the resources to buy a smart watch, don’t worry about it.  I will put together other things you can do on a shoe string budget.  I hope you found this article helpful.  If you have a topic you would like me to focus more on, please suggest something in the comments below.

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