Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Dangerous" times

"Dangerous" times are those rare times when you are hungry and can't access food for some reason. Maybe you only have about ten or fifteen minutes left before that all-important bus or train connection. Maybe there is a nearby store or concession stand, but the prices, even for junk food, are extremely expensive, such as a slice of pizza for nearly three dollars.

You're literally between a rock and a hard place. By the time you arrive home, three or more hours will have passed.

Sadly, there isn't much you can do for now, other than searching your pockets for a stray piece of gum or candy. But you CAN avoid having to deal with this situation ahead of time, especially if you know that you won't be able to eat for a long time. And the solution is, pack a sandwich and/or piece of fruit, such as a banana. For sandwiches, cold cuts would probably work best. They tend to last longer and aren't messy to eat. Ditto for bananas, which don't ooze juice when you peel and bite them. And for more durable sandwiches, consider a hard roll instead of bread.

As for carrying food around, you don't have many choices. Most of those "portable" foods are high in calories and fat and don't really satisfy very much. But in a tough situation, where you're literally dying of hunger, something to munch on, such as non-sticky candy or gum or chips or pretzels can and do provide momentary relief by easing hunger pangs. And since you don't eat them regularly, eating them so rarely will not make you fat or harm your health.

For many commuters, this is the most convenient solution to temporary hunger pangs and dangerous times. Just last night, standing in a long line of commuters, I saw more than one person reach into a deep pocket or handbag and slip one or more of those snack foods into his or her mouth. Doing that helped those people find relief from hunger and provide something to do until the bus arrived.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Perfect weight loss???

Your weight, according to your doctor, is normal and about right for your age, height, body mass, etc.  As long as you maintain your current diet and exercise regimen, you should stay healthy. You don't really need to upgrade your diet or take on more strenuous exercises.

But, you're thinking, I could stand to slim down a little more in certain areas, such as my thighs and arms. Once those areas are slimmer, you should be satisfied. Everything will be perfect.

Not necessarily so. Nothing is perfect in this world. There's no way to achieve that perfection and even if you could, you still wouldn't be satisfied. You'd have found something else to perfect and so on. If only this would happen, you think, things would be perfect and I wouldn't want anything more.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Best bets for avoiding mistakes in losing weight

Here are a few suggestions for avoiding mistakes

- Believing that whatever diet or exercise fad that worked for someone else will work as well for you. You're not a carbon copy of that person, in that your needs are different. Best bet is to know yourself first, including likes, dislikes.

- Trying to accomplish everything, aka, running in different directions at the same time or setting too many goals. That is how to get nowhere fast. Setting one or two goals is fine. Best bet is to focus on one thing you'd like to accomplish, such as getting rid of belly fat.

- Looking for that silver bullet or shiny object that is supposed to work miracles regardless, such as losing weight by drinking grapefruit juice only. There are no such miracles. Those miracle items are disastrous for your health and well-being. Best bet is not to fall for or try any of them.

- Getting carried away with things like setting goals and going overboard with exercise and/or diet. Just as putting on pounds took time, dropping them will likewise take time. Overdoing an exercise activity for one or two days is not going to slim you down faster. Bet bet is to begin focusing on an exercise activity that you like and doing that regularly. You'll avoid injuries and illness.

- Constantly switching regimens and getting nowhere. You're doing this because you're not quite sure where to begin or whether you want to risk trying something out of your comfort zone. Doing this will become more confusing unless you know why you're doing it. Maybe you're trying to see if you can stand eating a food you've been avoiding. Basically, you're going through a trial-and-error period, which is okay, but can consume a lot of time and even yield the opposite results. Best bet is to get organized from the get-go, such as consulting a physician and/or following the advice of a trusted, professional health provider or expert.




Thursday, November 10, 2011

One simple little thing to do for great results

I find that going through the newest diet and exercise books is not only entertaining, but very similar to panning for gold. Sure, there'll be a lot of nonsense, lies and half-truths in the woodpile. But every so often, there is also a tiny nugget of gold, which when used, can yield great results.

In fact, I'm going to use that nugget today at my next meal.

And that nugget is that if you want to lose weight, drink some water before each meal. According to author Timothy Harlan MD in his book, Just Tell Me What to Eat (Da Capo Press, 2011, "drinking water before each meal may actually be a powerful, proven tool that's cheap, easy, calorie free, natural and good for you!" He also explains that there had not been good research about this til now. The upshot of the study that he mentions was that water drinkers lost around 15 and a half pounds and the non-water drinkers only lost 11 pounds. The participants were between ages 55 and 75, but still.

This tip, I believe, is valuable for any age group and is definitely worth a shot.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Started a new fitness newsletter today! Posted first article

Yep, losing weight can be a hassle, but not if you go about losing weight nice and easy. This is the theme of my new newsletter, Fitness Times. I wrote my first article in it today. Visit and see what you think. Right now, the subscription is free! If you're looking for other options for dropping those pounds without going through the expense and hassle, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Looking forward to hearing what you think.

reducing food intake and varying food choice

There have to be easier ways to reduce food intake and I believe that I've stumbled on one of those ways.....which is eat only half the usual portion of items like meats and other foods. But at the same time, fill up on fruits and vegetables. Eat as many of them as often as you want. Vary combinations of them so that you have a different meal each time.

This really works! For starters, there is complete freedom of choice and servings, which is as it should be. After all, no two people are exactly alike. They each have different food preferences and body builds, among other things. What works for one individual won't likely work as well for another.

Regardless, both individuals benefit from the vitamins and minerals in those foods and tend to eat less of calorie-filled, processed foods. They'll  likely enjoy the so-called "verboten" foods because they'll rarely eat them, such as cheeseburgers and french fries, making it easier to eat healthier foods.

Examples of foods for smaller, in-between meals

I've included a list of examples of food ideas that I've used and which work for me as follows:

- applesauce.
- soup
- bananas
- grapes
-graham crackers
-bread sticks
-canned fruit
-fresh carrot sticks
-apple, orange
-beverage, such as coffee or tea
-plain cookie such as "social teas"
-bread and butter
-dry cereal, such as Cheerios, cornflakes.

Friday, November 4, 2011

more on eating small meals

In my "Beating Hunger" post, I mentioned that eating frequently during the day helps to reduce hunger and that those meals need to be small.

How to define "small" in this case?  Figure roughly a quarter of a regular meal. Something simple and practical, as a little dish of crackers and a nonfattening beverage as tea, coffee or seltzer water or water with a slice of lemon. Avoid sugary, sticky foods as candies, fruit rollups, cookies, cakes, donuts, pies and ice cream. If you still want something sweet, rry frosted flakes, applesauce, a smoothie, or fresh fruit.

Other ideas include mini-sandwiches, cucumber slices, cereal and milk, pizza, and salad. Avoid chips and pretzels. Nuts are fine as are blueberry muffins, tuna and tomato, buttered roll, ritz crackers, one sandwich, bananas, buttered bread, and the like. Remember to eat light meals. Beverages are optional.

If you're working at a desk, you'll want to consider foods that aren't messy, such as nuts or crackers. They are practical, easy to eat, and satisfy your appetite for the time being. They will also help cut down the amount of food that you put away during a regular meal.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Beating hunger

The key is not to just eat three meals a day. Rather, eat frequent smaller portioned-meals throughout the day and you are not likely to be hungry. Of course, those meals need to be small.

I read this in one of those diet books and believed the author when he said that the French eat like this, which is why they, for the most part, are thin. I've been to France a number of years ago and saw this for myself. I always wondered how they did it!  I also noticed that the French took their time and savored their food as they ate, rather than gulp large amounts of food down in a single sitting. And I'm sure that they were trained as children to eat meals slowly. There's an advantage to that, as you fill up gradually and give your body a chance to digest the food. Gulping food down just forces the belly to expand in order to  accommodate so much at one time and if done often enough, will stretch the belly permanently.

Getting back to topic, I have to say that eating small frequent meals does curb hunger pangs. That food can't and shouldn't only consist of high calorie foods as cakes and donuts. Crackers, sandwich, salad, fruit, jello all fill the bill for helping you to beat hunger.