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Are You Spiritually Fit? Metabolism Lessons From “The Biggest Loser”

big loserLike many people, I tend to go through weight gain-loss cycles. Put on 5-10 pounds, hit the gym, and start over. Sound familiar? The problem is, as someone once told me, “You can’t outrun your fork.”

Truth be told, cutting out the late night snacks would probably do the trick! But the more tempting path most people take these days is a “fad diet” or “extreme exercise” program. While these diets might appear to give great results in the short run, a new study suggests they might cause more harm than anyone previously imagined.

Researchers recently followed 14 of the contestants of The Biggest Loser for six years after the show ended. Even with post-show assistance, 13 of 14 regained their weight. But it wasn’t due to poor eating habits or lack of exercise; they actually had damaged their metabolism! Researchers determined that high weight loss from the show caused their metabolisms to slow significantly and never recover.

For example, one contestant went from 263 lbs. to 176 lbs., but her metabolism burns 552 fewer calories than someone her weight should burn in a day. This makes keeping the weight off an enormous struggle. And her metabolism might never recover! (Click Here for the NY Times Article w/metabolism study)

Now, physical exercise is good, but spiritual exercise is far more important (1 Timothy 4:8). Sometimes people realize their spiritual life is out of shape so they have a quick zeal for God. Sadly, they often burn out and end up doing more damage to their spiritual lives when their “fad spiritual exercise and diet” fails!

Here are a few thoughts for a successful spiritual exercise life:

#1 Spiritual junk food is not a healthy diet. There is no substitute for the Word of God. Bread by itself is just carbs, but God’s Word is a sufficient meal (Matthew 4:4).

#2 Steady wins the race. Jesus reminds us that seeds that don’t have good roots will spring up fast and burn up in the hot sun (Matthew 13:5-6). Balance is required to remain in the world, but not be of it (John 17:16).

#3 Quick fixes are typically not lasting ones. Quick fixes are like the easy, broad path that leads to destruction. The more difficult, life-changing and narrow path is a road that few take; but it leads to glory (Matthew 7:13-14).

Begin drawing closer to God today, and He promises to draw closer to you (James 4:8). It may take years of proper training to have the spiritual body you want, but with daily discipline we will get there! Consider Paul’s words:

“Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27).

Woo Hoo, We Lost…And Sometimes That’s A Win!

Sometimes a loss is a win. It can be hard to know what that means if you have never lived through it. But as Garth Brooks once put it, “sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers!”

This week, Boston residents understand the idea of a loss-win very clearly. The loss was the 2024 Olympics; the win was the financial stability of the city. And most Boston residents are celebrating the loss.

You see, Boston has been locked in a battle between those who wanted to host the 2024 Olympics and those who fought it. The opposition won by proving that Boston had neither the infrastructure nor the financial capability to guarantee the cost overage that the Olympic Committee requires of host cities. Just see the overage at Sochi as an example of what Bostonians couldn’t afford in tax liability.

So most folks in Boston are saying they won…by losing.

Loss-wins are not new. Consider the greatest loss ever, the beating and crucifixion of the Son of God. How could that possibly be a win? At the end of that horrible day, it looked like Jesus 0, Satan 1. But that was Friday.

By Sunday, the story had changed. What looked like a terrible loss was really the greatest victory ever! It was a loss that was a win for everyone who ever lived…the opportunity to be reconciled to God by the blood of His perfect sacrifice.

Paul understood perfectly. All that he had lost, he considered a victory in Christ.

“More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,” (Philippians 3:8).

What about you? Do you have unanswered prayers today? Do you wonder how God could turn a loss in your life into a great victory for His glory? Consider this: if He worked out Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, don’t you think He can help bring home a win for you too?