J.D. Roth knows a thing or two about weight loss. The American television producer and former host of The Biggest Loser has helped countless men and women confront their weight loss struggles and get serious about change.
Unfortunately, making changes and then keeping them isn't always that easy. Many of Roth's former students on The Biggest Loser have since put their lost weight back on. Luckily, the nutrition and health genius has a new, rigorous philosophy on diet and the right mental approach to staying fit. Host JD Roth imparting that philosophy on former contestants, and other friends struggling with weight, is the focus of our new original series The Big Fat Truth.
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The Roots Of Roth's Philosophy.
In his recent book The Big Fat Truth (yes, same name as the show!) Roth offers an intense examination of the mind-body connection. Ultimately, Roth explains that your body is a reflection of your mind. And in order to keep off the pounds, you must take a close look at what is happening in your head.
Roth offers readers of all shapes and sizes an opportunity to change their lives by getting to the bottom of what's truly 'eating them up.' In fact, his penetrating rhetoric is sharp enough to cut through just about any bad physical habit—be it smoking, drinking, or sheer laziness. But what lies at the root of so many bad phsyical habits is a pain that needs to be mended.
Roth writes in his book, "Maybe you succeeded at being a great mom and failed to take care of yourself. It could be something deeper... big, small, or somewhere in between-whatever it is, you have to deal with it if you want to lose weight. Again, it goes back to what's in your heart and head. Figure out what's eating you, and the pounds will melt off."
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Redesign Your Life, JD Roth-Style.
After slicing through a mound of excuses, coping mechanisms, and bad habits, Roth invites you to redesign your life, starting with your headspace. The book invites you to create a mantra, keep a journal, and analyze your habits. Then the tough part, you're asked to keep these promises to youself.
By keeping your promises and committing to your new mindset, you will bypass the feelings of shame that are associated with failure and weight loss. Weight loss and emotional mending go hand-in-hand, so along with your new mindset comes a commitmtent to exercise. Getting serious about your habits, finding an exercise regimin that works, and cultivating good eating habits can help address the heartache that you may be carrying inside yourself; thus helping you work toward a slimmer, healthier body.
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How To Take Your Life Into Your Own Hands.
Weight loss does not have to feel extreme; it can be done in simple, actionable, and realistic steps that work for you. But what it does take is determination and committment. At the end of the book, Roth offers a convenient and easy to follow 30-day lifestyle plan in the book's final chapter Thirty Days To The Life You're Dreaming Of. It begins with a simple, 30-minute walk after dinner. Roth writes of the practice, "Don't worry about speed; don't worry about distance. No data other than time. Just walk. Go out 15 minutes, come back 15 minutes. Now from this day forward, do this every night....What you want to do is create a habit."
The steps continue along this simple and doable progression. On Day 15, Roth gives you a simple mind trick to help readjust your mindset: he suggests using a smaller bowl and plate for your dinner meal, in order to play with your perception of how much you are eating. It's kind of trippy, but by using a smaller bowl, you may actually consume fewer calories without really trying.
Day 30 is a day of reflection and honesty. He writes, "Knowing that you did your best on a given day, or admitting to yourself that you didn't, will free you to move forward." Honesty and self-assessment, Roth explains, will allow for personal assessement and forgiveness. He also encourages you to relax. Ultimately, you are allowed to be proud of yourself for trying, and make room for growth in the future.
In addition to picking up a copy of the book, and getting the full, 30-day breakdown, you can also take in JD Roth's wisdom on Sundays with our new original series The Big Fat Truth.