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Welcome to the Sherman Oaks Lutheran Healthy LIfe Program

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What makes Healthy Life Program different than any other weight loss program?

The body is designed to be healthy.

Weight loss should not be a struggle.

HLP does the work while you do the living.

Your body is designed to be in a natural healthy state. There is a direct link between proper weight and health. The numbers prove it. The sense of well being is additional proof. The Healthy Life Program starts with the premise that your body is designed. This is key. Your body is a temple that was designed in an extraordinarily beautiful way and is meant to function in such a manner.

Weight loss and ultimate maintenance of proper weight should not be a struggle. Most weight loss programs make it a chore. Eating and good healthy living was never intended to be a chore. Nevertheless, "If you do what you've done, you will be what you've been," says Lawrence A. Nixon. To lose weight, behavioral change is required. The effort is involved in making changes; however, the effort involved should not be a chore. Getting and staying healthy should be play, not tedious work. The operative word is tedious. The Healthy Life Program takes the tedium out of the adventure. Work becomes play. Healthy Life Program does the work. You do the play.

The Healthy Life Program does the heavy lifting. It focuses on the numbers while you focus on living. It is known that if you lose the calories you'll lose the weight. That is the foundation of all weight loss programs. If you eat fewer calories than your body needs daily, you will lose weight - pure cause and effect. At least, that is the mantra. Is that always true? Do you know how many calories your body demands each day? If you knew, would you know how to calculate the number of calories you are consuming? Do you really want to count calories? This leads to the how-to of HLP; to wit, triple "E's". You have heard, "Knowledge is power!" Horse feathers. Only knowledge, that is applied in a timely fashion, is power. In HLP: Enlightenment comes first. We start with knowing. Encouragement comes next to apply the knowledge in a timely fashion. Empowerment completes the set by using the tools and lessons learned.

Come. Join the Healthy Life Program. The cost is minimal - free. The cost of poor health is too dear.

Eat Right

We determine how many calories you need and then count the calories for you. When you join we ask you about your age, sex, height, current weight, and how active you are. We use this information to determine how much food you need to maintain your current weight. If you desire to lose weight, you select a rate of weight loss per week ranging between 0.5 to 2.0 pounds. We then adjust the amount of calories you will need to keep your body fueled while allowing you to shed weight.

Once your profile has been set, you need only to record what you are eating and how much. The HLP Food List tool does all the work. Just select a food, portion size, then add it to your list. The HLP tool tracks and shows you the calories you have in your budget and how much you have in reserve. The HLP color coding will also help you make better choices. As you select a food and adjust the portion size the HLP color code will adjust accordingly. As you add food to your list, we update the display with the HLP visual indicators.

Why the HLP system of color coding foods?

There are many misconceptions as to what is healthy eating. Healthy eating does not mean eating straw and cardboard. It is nice to know that steak and potato is not on a forbidden list. On the other hand, dried fruit is loaded with sugar so it is placed in the be careful category. You will learn, as many participants have, that eating healthy can be very delicious eating indeed. The HLP color coding immediately tells you whether a food can be eaten without concern or whether a food needs to be eaten in moderation. As you progress, you will not need to use the HLP tool as often. You will gravitate to the foods you enjoy and know that they are good for you.

Think Right

Sometimes we feel we can conquer the world and the next we feel like a victim. The truth is, both states are valid. It is through our mental processes that we can, in most cases, overcome our circumstances. At the same time we are all victim to exterior forces. It all comes down to programming. We feel in control when our reason and behavior are in harmony to create a positive outcome. But there are times when we give in, that our will power is not strong enough to cope with our cravings. In the HLP we explore the possibilities when we Think Right.

Get a Move On!

There is a well known weight loss ratio of food to activity. Eighty percent of our weight loss is related to our food consumption while 20% is related to activity. The more active we are, the easier it is to lose and maintain weight. Often at the beginning of a weight loss program, weight loss is due totally to what we eat. That leaves 0% getting a move on. But as weight comes off, it is easier to get more active. We encourage to Get a Move On by exploring ways throughout the journey.

Just take a few easy steps to get started.