3 Key Tips For Getting to A Healthy Weight

by | Nov 10, 2017 | CFL, Get Active | 0 comments

Reading Time: 3 mins ( Word Count: 472 )

Did you hear the one about the couple who discussed their living wills while watching the big game? Him: “I never want to exist in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and taking fluids from a bottle.” Her: “Guess we better unplug the TV and pour your beer down the drain!”

Turn off the game and waste perfectly good beer? She must be joking! Drastic measures like these don’t always work, especially when it comes to staying healthy. Just ask former CFL offensive lineman Kyle Koch, who discovered that major lifestyle changes don’t always produce the results guys want. In fact, smaller, sustainable changes can be much more effective than fad diets and boot camps when it comes to getting fitter and healthier for the long haul.

All or nothing

The first big change in Kyle’s life came when he retired from the CFL in 2014. Fewer workouts, and no more practices and games, caused his weight to creep upwards. Within a few months it was clear he had to make changes. But what could he do?

Kyle attacked the problem like he used to attack opposing linebackers: Full steam ahead, like many of us do with our New Year’s resolutions. He hit Toronto’s paved running trails.

The trick, however, was that Kyle fell back into a lifestyle many guys can relate to: Shorter on exercise and heavier on unhealthy foods. And wouldn’t you know it? “When I stopped exercising, or went back to a much more normal routine, I started to gain some weight back.”

Kyle’s 3 keys to getting to a healthy weight

As with many guys, getting into a steady, healthy routine has been the key for Kyle.

1. Keep track: Kyle records his workouts and diet on a calendar on his fridge. “It sounds like a little thing, but I just check the days off. I have a goal: I want to get at least three heavy-breathing, sweaty workouts in per week, six out of seven days of breakfast per week, and as many days without sugary foods as I can.”

2. Keep it real: Even checking off a single weekly walk, and a couple days without sugar will make a difference. Just look at Kyle: The pounds aren’t peeling off like they did before, but this time he wants more gradual changes to become lifelong habits. “I’m not in a rush. I don’t want to just take on a crash diet [for instance]. I actually want to build a lifestyle change.”

3. Keep it balanced: A healthy diet and exercise are both important — it’s not one or the other. “For me, it’s about being able to sustain weight loss over long periods of time,” Kyle says.

 

Click here to read Kyle’s full story.

Photo credit: Vanessa Paxton

In partnership with the Canadian Football League Alumni Association

Canadian Football League Alumni Association

Filed under: CFL, Get Active

Tagged with:

<a href="https://dontchangemuch.ca/author/adam/" target="_self">Adam Bisby</a>

Adam Bisby

Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. He’s been covering men’s health for over 20 years. As well as researching and blogging for Don’t Change Much since 2015, Adam’s award-winning work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and National Post newspapers.

Let’s Talk!

Did you enjoy this article? Let us know in the comments.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our comments are moderated and are made live after they’ve been reviewed. If you disagree with anything in the article or comments please do let us know, but be polite so we can have a constructive discussion where everyone has the opportunity to learn.

More From

CFL | Get Active

Summer BBQ Party Games

There’s no denying that balls = summer fun. Beach, volley, bocce, golf, you name it, there is no denying it. When used in these popular outdoor lawn games listed below, balls join bean bags, horseshoes, frisbees and other easy-to-pack gear as great ways to reap the...

Tommy Europe’s Any Fitness Level Exercise Videos

New to exercising or haven’t had a regular routine in a while? Start with the 10 minute man workout and then move on to these four easy-to-follow 30-minute workout videos. Originally created for Men’s Health Month, they’re now available on-demand in your home with no...

Warm Up for Your Workout with Dynamic Stretching to Avoid Injury

From family-friendly challenges to belly-busting moves, Grey Cup champion and fitness coach Tommy Europe will have you working up a (light) sweat in weekly virtual fitness classes throughout Canadian Men’s Health Month. Follow @DontChangeMuch on Twitter, Facebook and...

Pin It on Pinterest