Weight a Minute! No Secret Ingredient

Caution: This blog contains movie spoilers. But it’s all for a good cause.

afdacLast week, I blogged about “Kung Fu Panda” and the lessons I learned from Po, the cute, overweight star of the show. I wanted to save the most important lesson for last and give it a blog all of its own, and here it is.

Toward the end of the movie, when Po finally gets his paws on the Dragon Scroll, he opens it to discover that there’s nothing written on it. He’s discouraged and feels let down until his father lets him in on something else – there’s no secret ingredient in the secret ingredient soup he’s been making for years. It’s good because it simply is good. Suddenly it all clicks for Po and he realizes, there’s no secret to being a great Kung Fu master. It all comes from inside.

And there’s no secret ingredient to losing weight, either.

We all know what we need to do.

Drink enough water.
Exercise.
Watch our portions.
Limit pasta, sweets, breads, and other “empty calorie” foods.
Watch our fat intake.
Get enough sleep.
Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.
Burn more calories than we consume.

These are all sound weight loss principles. If we do them, we will lose weight. There is no magic pill to take, no drink to swill that will knock twenty pounds off us by tomorrow. There are cases where a genetic weakness or a glandular disease will slow down our progress and we may need medical treatment for those, but for the larger percentage of the population, these simple principles will do the trick, if we do them long enough. Most persons who have tried them, and failed, simply didn’t do them long enough.

We need to stop looking for that secret ingredient that will make it all better. Let’s concentrate instead on implementing those common sense things into our daily routines that we know will lead us to health.

Tristi Pinkston is a full-time blogger for Families.com in LDS, Media, and Movies. Click here to read her other blogs.

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