|Back to Back Issues Page|
The Bullhorn, Issue #010 -- Monthly Motivator for January 2007
January 15, 2007
Just the right push to succeed!
Fat-free is NOT Free!
The other day I was in a small convenience store when I overheard two young girls comparing nutritional labels on snacks foods. They were looking for snacks with the lowest fat content to meet their “New Years Resolutions”. And while I didn’t have the guts to barge in on their conversation, it did make me think about the false logic that exists when it comes to eating right and losing weight.
What’s the outcome if we change our afternoon snack from a 200-calorie candy bar to a 200-calorie bag of pretzels? While the two snacks are by no means equal, we’re not going to lose fat by simply cutting fat out of our diets. If we want to lose weight, we need to look beyond the grams of fat and look at what we’re actually eating and what we’re actually burning each day. If we’re eating more than we’re burning, all of the extra calories will be converted to fat even if they originated from healthy foods!
If you want to see what you’re eating and burning, look up the nutritional values of the foods that you eat and compare that with your metabolic rate and calories burned from exercise. You’ll lose a pound of fat for every 3,500-calorie deficit and gain a pound for every 3,500-calorie surplus. That’s it…no magic…no elaborate nutritional equation. Calories count!
And while it IS a good idea to cut down on our fat intake, it’s also worth the time to see what foods pack the most satisfaction for the least calories. Foods that are high in fiber and have a low glycemic index can help satisfy your hunger for awhile without having to loosen your belt! Lowering fat in your diet can reduce your cholesterol and be a healthier choice overall, but it won’t help you lose any existing fat, in and of itself. So if you’re looking to lose weight, make sure you look at the whole label before you choose a good snack, because fat-free is far from free!
Snooze you Lose
I’ll be the first to admit that getting up to run is not near as appealing than my warm pillow and covers, but it does get easier when you’re a mile or two down the road! If you set out to start a running or exercise routine in 2007, don’t let a couple of missed weeks get you down…it’s not too late. We’ve got 50 weeks to go and there are plenty of miles to run, crunches to do, and calories to be burned!
The hardest part of achieving a goal is usually the first step, so if you’ve hit the snooze bar a few times, you’re in good company ;-). Mornings can be really tough, but it’s the one time of day we own and control. Not many people have commitments before sunrise…it’s our time! The healthy dividends of a 30-minute morning workout far exceed the comfort and benefits that a 30-minutes snooze-bar break provides!
If you’re having trouble getting up, here are a few tips to help you out get out of bed:
Mornings can be tough, but sometimes you have to listen to that sneaker slogan…and “Just Do It”! It feels great starting your day knowing that you’ve already accomplished something, whether it was a walk, run, or just a quick set of exercises. See you out there!
Exercise of the Month:
|Back to Back Issues Page|