How one athlete lost 18 pounds

Earlier this week an athlete told me she lost 18 pounds after taking a vacation to Europe.

“How’d you do that?,” I asked.

“I think it was because in Europe they serve smaller portion sizes,” she responded. “That, and we were walking around all the time.”

Her answer had nothing to do with a particular diet, exercise protocol, step-counter, or any other act of will (not that those are bad things). It was based on her environment.

This is why work environments that encourage you to walk around are so effective at managing weight. It’s why purchasing smaller bowls, plates, and silverware, encouraging us to eat less, are effective. Same with forgoing the frequent use of cars, chairs, and shopping carts.

The best form of wellness is wellness you don’t need to think about.

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