Sunday, May 30, 2010

Getting a doctor to help you

Often we have to get a doctors help when we have hit a roadblock in weight loss. The doctor will be the first to inform you that there is no way to quick weight loss other than surgery. The doctor will be able to determine if there is another reason why you are having a problem with losing weight or even tell you if you should not lose weight. There is a small group of people that obsess over their weight to the point of losing too much weight and end up putting their health in jeopardy.

A great idea

I came across this interesting idea while looking for an exercise ball. Apparently some schools in Australia are experimenting with using exercise balls or modified exercise balls for kids who fidget in class. I thought that maybe the kids here in the USA might benefit from them as well. Not only would kids get a daily workout just sitting on this type of school furniture but their balance would also improve. Come to think of it, I could remove my office chair and use my ball instead.

Diet pill claims

I really dislike those outrageous diet pill claims that you can lose up to 10 pounds in 10 days. Of course you can lose 10 pounds in 10 days......but it will be water. One gallon of water weighs 16 pounds so if you lost one gallon of water weight out of your body, you will lose 16 pounds. Heck just pee before you weigh yourself and you will see what I mean.

Many diet pills like Lipofuze make outrageous claims like the one above. Alli is another one that will cause a nasty side effect that will make you lose weight like crazy.......diarrhea. Water weight is the easiest weight to lose, actual fat is something else.

Don't fall for those quick fix, over the counter diet pills, they just don't work.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Diets and smoking

I have never smoked but my slightly tubby hubby has. He has told me on several occasions that after eating a very full dinner he just felt like having a cigarette or one of his Davidoff cigars (gawd, I hated the smell of those things). When he quit smoking, he was afraid that he would substitute more food for his habit. Did didn't but he did substitute by drinking more sodas. It took him some time but not he is drinking more water and diet sodas. Smoking does change your eating habits. Once you quit smoking, your taste buds will change and food will become tastier.

Up date on my liquid diet

Well, it is now one week of my liquid Slim Fast, every other day diet. I have lost a total of 5 pounds and I am keeping it off. Tonight I had 2 homemade meatball sandwiches for dinner and I am stuffed. My plan of using the Slim Fast to shrink my stomach seems to be working. Well so much for learning dieting from textbooks, seems I just have to go with my gut feeling (please excuse the pun on that one) on dieting.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I found a way to push my weight loss just a bit more

I have been having a battle with my body. I have been exercising like crazy 2 hours every other day and only managed to tone my body. That sounds great doesn't it? But unfortunately that tone is under a layer of fat that I just can't seem to lose - until now. I decided to do something drastic. I drink nothing but slim fast drinks (4 of them) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The other days I eat my normal balanced diet. After one week I have lost and kept off, 3 pounds! My new diet is working!!! Not only am I losing weight at an acceptable slow rate but I am keeping it off.

Maybe this year I can get into that bikini I bought last summer. Wait, I'll need some new outdoor cushions to lay on when I am showing off my new bod. Bring on summer, I'm ready for it this year.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Take care of yourself when you diet

The biggest flaw in fad diets is not getting a balanced diet. Everyone needs fiber in their diet to maintain a healthy colon. They also need to be getting at least the minimum recommended daily minerals and vitamins. I know that when I am stressed or have a sickness, my body uses up vitamin C like it was going out of style. My body will exhibit the beginnings of vitamin C shortage. There is a slight difference between womens vitamins and mens, but not that much. Just make sure you are eating a balanced diet when you are trying to lose weight.

Fat is where you find it

Companies have made fortunes trying to convince people that their product, system or method will rid you of fat on just one part of your body. You remember that product that Suzanne Somers use to push.......The Thigh Master. People bought that product because they thought that their thighs would look like hers.

Those poor gullible consumers......they did not know that she also dieted and had a personal trainer.

Then you have those pharmaceutical companies that have pills that claim to get rid of belly fat. All I can say about that is BULL! Your body will store fat where there is a lack of muscle tone, if that happens to be your belly then you need to exercise those muscles and not take pills.

Don't fall for any product that claims to target just one part of your body. Whatever you put in your body affects your WHOLE body not just one part.

Are you a night time snacker?

When the sun goes down and the TV goes on, so do the commercials for fast food places and baking cakes. Even if you manage to stay away from the food channel you are bombarded with images of food, food and even more

So what are some good low calorie appetite suppressants for night time snacks? One good one is peanuts. Just a 1/2 cup of peanuts will satisfy your hunger cravings and since they take a long time to digest they will keep you feeling full longer than other snacks. Another one is bananas. They are also filling and since they are lower in water content than most other fruits they will also take longer to digest.

Now you have 2 choices for night time snacks.....but remember it is best not to eat anything after 7 pm.