I recently attended a Grand Rounds lecture at a prestigious ivy league medical institution. The topic of the lecture was medical treatment for obesity. I wasn’t out of place in the audience as obesity treatment and prevention has long been an interest of mine. The lecturer, a very highly respected authority on the topic, eloquently highlighted all of the medical (and some surgical) treatments we have in our arsenal. The one he failed to mention is training for a triathlon.
When the concept of Tri2Lose came to me on my morning run in Central Park in 2005, I was melding some of the areas I am most interested in: nutrition, exercise and triathlon. I was, and continue to be, involved in academic research of a range of obesity treatments but Tri2Lose made the most sense as I know that adopting the triathlon lifestlye can be an effective means of inducing long-term, durable weight loss (for the right person). The (for the right person) part is not too much of an issue as the scores of people who have contacted Trismarter.com about the Tri2Lose program have already been flirting with the idea of doing something about their waistline and their sedentary lifestyle. As ridiculous and sensational as it is, television programs like “The Biggest Loser” have awakened obese individuals to the idea that it is possible to turn their lives around and improve fitness and lifestyle. In fact, I blogged months ago in a previous post about some of the exercise contests on that television program. Recently, the show’s methods have been brought into question for realistic medical concerns. The Tri2Lose program, unlike The Biggest Loser, however, is a reasonable and sound method of inducing long-term, durable weight loss. Our clients are neither starving themselves nor exercising 12 hours a day on national television. These are real-life men and women becoming part of an active community and re-learning how to eat, how to think about food and how to exercise in a way that prevents injury and allows them to cross the finish line of their first triathlon. And when we say “triathlon”, we are not talking about the ironman. It may be walking a 5k the running a 5 k, then a 10k then a sprint triathlon. It’s a gradual progression across the spectrum and it works (for the right person).
Sure, if you struggle with your weight and are considered obese you can take a medication that might lead to 10% weight loss for a year or two (and then most likely gain it back) and you can probably find a surgeon to do a bypass or banding and lose lots of weight… or you can give it some serious thought and consider changing your lifestyle for good and turning yourself into a new person.