First, I’ve just got to say I KNOW THAT WEIGHT IS ONLY A NUMBER. It doesn’t necessarily determine how kind you are, how beautiful you are, what kind of integrity you have…there are a lot of other values that are more important than the health standards you maintain. At the same time, I know for me, I feel better when I take care of myself. And if I feel better, I can take better care of others, be more kind, feel more beautiful and be confident and have the kind of integrity I want to have.
I remember for a while I didn’t even want to try losing the baby-weight. I felt like I was good mom regardless of what number was on the scale, so what did it matter? The result? I ended up over-indulging in junk food. I ended up really out of shape, making it impossible to keep up with my kids in a ten minute game of tag. As a result I felt worse about myself and depressed. Basically, I wasn’t living my life to its fullest.
Do I still get depressed? Yes. But it is a lot easier to get out of if I’ve exercised and am eating good foods. Remember, according to my doctor, 45 minutes of intense cardio is more effective than a dose of Xanex!
Will I ever be a size 2? NO. Do I need to be? NO. Like I’ve said before, size doesn’t matter so much as taking care of and respecting yourself does. Taking care of yourself means eating lots of frutis and veggies and getting regular exercise. Respecting yourself means allowing yourself the time to do so. Will you lose weight and get more fit along the way? Probably. But that’s simply the bonus from the other already rewarding choices.
It’s funny, now our “treats” aren’t really treats. We had pizza last night, just a couple cheese slices, and both my husband and I were not feeling too well afterwards. Our body is trained to not like that grease anymore! LOL So, if I was going to add my own tip to the list I’m about to share with you, it would be to only eat things that will let you still feel good after eating them. 🙂
It’s funny, but some of my favorite articles on health have come from Men’s Health Magazine. I don’t know if the voice writing the article just sounds more practical than the one’s in women’s magazines, but whatever the reason, it’s great to have some concrete ideas that connect and work. It feels like I always need some new tips to keep the motivation up, and keeps my body changing. So when I enjoyed this article, I wanted to share it. You can find the entire article 61 Easy Ways To Lose Weight by clicking on the link, or I will be including it in 3 segments on my blog (minus some of the ads.) Here is the first chunk, with my favorite tips highlighted. What are some of yours? Please comment! 🙂 Love, Eva
From the article…
A few years ago, one of my friends at Men’s Health stepped on the scale and was horrified by the result. He’d somehow managed to pack 20 pounds of flab onto his previously skinny frame. When he looked into the mirror, he saw a fat guy staring back. He decided to make a change, quick.
That day, he gave up his beloved soda. He was only drinking two or three bottles a day, but over the course of six months, he dropped those 20 pounds. It was a small change to his lifestyle — no big deal, really. And yet, it had a massive impact on his health and his body. (No surprise: Drinking calories is one of the 20 Habits That Make You Fat.)
My point: Making small decisions each day can result in big-time fat loss.
Below are dozens of simple ways to lose weight. Start with one — today! — and watch the weight begin to melt away. Trust me, this is going to be easier than you think.
1. Have a clear goal. It should be one that anyone in the world can measure and understand.
2. Drink tea. Research suggests that those who drink tea — black, green, or white, as long as it’s from real tea versus herbal tea — have lower BMIs and less body fat than those who don’t consume tea.
3. Eat cayenne pepper. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that when compared to placebo, capsaicin — the active ingredient in cayenne — increased fat burning.
4. Decrease/eliminate processed carbs. They do nothing for you outside of creating a favorable environment for gaining fat.
5. Eat more veggies. They fill you up, without providing many calories. Just avoid the high-calorie dressings.
6. Eat more fruit. No one ever gained weight from eating more fruit. And that includes the so-called “high sugar” fruits like bananas and melons.
7. Lift weights. Heavy weights. Build more muscle, burn more calories.
8. Cut down rest time between sets. This will keep your heart rate elevated causing an increase in calories burned. The good news: You can sky-rocket your heart rate and torch belly-fat fast with The Spartacus Workout for Men and The Spartacus Workout for Women — the most popular fat-blasting workouts in Men’s Health and Women’s Health history.
9. Do intervals. Study after study after study continues to show intervals are more effective and time efficient than longer activity
10. Eat more protein. Replacing refined carbohydrates with lean protein will not only help satiate you, but will also increase your metabolism — through something called the thermic effect of food.
11. Eat protein more frequently. It’s important to also time your intake so you’re eating protein regularly throughout the day — not just in one lump sum, like most do at dinner. Every meal and snack should include some protein.
12. Supplement with fish oil. A study published in Lipids fed mice diets enhanced EPA and DHA — a.k.a. fish oil. The researchers learned that the mice fed diets higher in omega-3 fats had significantly less accumulation of body fat. Other studies have shown similar results.
13. Do full body exercises. Think: Squats, deadlifts, chin-ups, and push-ups. You’ll get more bang for your buck out of each workout. Want even better results? Discover the 100 Greatest Fitness Tips of All Time.
14. Cycle your carb intake based on your activity level. Sure, carbs are important. But on the days you don’t work out, you simply don’t need as many compared to the days you exercise hard. Rule of thumb: The more active you are, the more carbs you can eat, and vice versa.
15. Start your meals with a salad. Salad will provide some bulk to help fill you up — so that you eat less calories overall.
16. Don’t forget the fiber. Think of fiber like a sponge; it absorbs water and makes you feel full.
17. Drink water. Professor Dr. Brenda Davy and her Team from Virginia Tech University found that giving people 2 cups of water before each meal resulted in greater weight loss after 12 weeks. The reason? It helps fill you up.
18. Add beans to your salads. It’s a nice way to add some additional fiber, protein and healthy carbs.
19. Replace one meal a day with a large salad and lean protein. This is a simple way to instantly improve your diet.
20. Keep a food journal. There’s no better way to track what you’re putting in your mouth.
21. Watch your portions. Avoid the buffet line and never supersize. Instead make sure you’re following what the nutrition label recommends for a serving.