L.E.A.N is NOT a diet – it is a way of life. When I changed my lifestyle after having surgery for colon cancer, I found myself feeling better and trimmer than I ever had before. So I began to ask myself, why am I feeling so good? The answer was summed up by the acronym I devised called: L.E.A.N. which stands for Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition. These are the four keys to optimal health and well-being. Many people, inlcuding myself, often wait until we experience a life-changing catastrophic event, such as a heart attack, a stroke, or, in my case, cancer before we discover these four simple keys and begin to apply them to our lives. Ideally, people should begin learning about these four areas BEFORE they get sick; and use L.E.A.N. to not only prevent illness, but to simply feel great!
L.E.A.N. Uses Synergy.
Synergy with Dr. Sears L.E.A.N. exists when all four keys (Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition work together, making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. In this case, 1+1+1+1 = 5, or maybe even 10! Synergy is a principle employed both in biochemistry and in human relations. Put a group of nutrients together in a well-balanced meal, and the body absorbs the nutrients better than it would if the same vitamins and minerals were isolated in a vitamin pill. Think-tanks put a group of people together in a room, each one with a different field of expertise, and they feed off one another, developing ideas together that none of them could have thought of alone. This is why Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N. works. When you put all the four components together, each individual one works better.
L.E.A.N. is Self-Motivating.
Diets fail because people tire of the program, get bored, or resent all the things they have to give up. Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N. works because the returns are so great that you don’t feel that you’re giving up anything. Once you begin implementing the simple ideas L.E.A.N provides and see all that you gain, it becomes self- motivating, which means is is easier to maintain your goal once you reach it. You will have reprogrammed your mind and body, and your internal monitors will steer you to what’s good for you and away from what’s bad. You’ll not only eat right, but you will have a basic drive to continue eating right. You’ll crave exercise, and you’ll be satisfied with less food.
Being lean does not mean being skinny. It means having the right amount of body fat for your body type. This means around 15 percent body fat for most men and around 18 percent for women. Individuals who are more muscular, athletes in training, or genetically slim people may lower this by two or three percentage points and still be healthy. Being lean involves more than just carrying around less fat. It means making good choices that will positively influence your health:
L is for Lifestyle:
This means healthy living without smoking, excessive alcohol, or other unhealthy substances.
E is for Exercise:
One of the healthiest ways to maintain good health is to exercise. The more muscle you have, the more fat calories you can burn.
A is for Attitude:
Smile, laugh and look at life in a positive light. Think about things that are positive and trim the fat in your feelings by keeping your mind off counterproductive stuff.
N is for Nutrition:
Emphasize a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.
L.E.A.N. Focuses on the Positive.
With Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N. there are more things you should do than not do, and the results last.Most diet and fitness programs that promise quick results don’t deliver in the long run. With L.E.A.N. you will feel fit, a three-letter word that economically describes what healthy living is all about. You not only fit better into your clothing, but also with your family, your job, and yourself. L.E.A.N. principles have enriched my life, as they will enrich yours. Get started today by visiting www.drsearswellnessinstitute.org