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New Year New Resolution

29 Jan

Most of the resolutions people make has to do with weight. Let’s face it we are a weight obsessed society yet we continue to eat more.

There will be many who will try to give you quick fixes to lose weight, strange diets will be scared up and pushed at you promising it will make you get thin in four weeks or sometimes even one week.

People, these are all gimmicks. There are no shortcuts to losing weight permanent. If you want to be on the treadmill of diet or the yo-yo-diet go ahead and participate in fad diets and harm yourself.

Losing weight is a slow, steady tried and true method. I repeat there are no shortcuts that will go the distance for you.

The equations is simple.  Number of calories taken in – number of calories burned equals to fat gain or loss. In other words if you eat 1000 calories a day and only burn 800 calories in that day, you will store 200 calories – repeat this over a week or a month and you do the maths. That’s fat accumulation. On the other hand if you eat 1000 calories in a day and burn 1200 calories you will lose weight.

This advice has been repeated in several prominent nutrition magazines, eat your normal food, trim fats, reduce processed foods ( salt is a big culprit in our diets. Some say it is worse than fats and I believe that.) eat fruits and vegetables everyday and above all WATCH PORTION SIZES – this is the crux of the matter. Don’t waste money in commercial gyms, use the gym the Creator gave us, the great big world – walk – walk to work, walk during your lunch hour, play with your children or grandchildren – you are not too old to play ball, walk up the stairs, shovel the snow, wash dishes instead of packing the dishwasher – get a pedometer and tuck it in your waist.  Every little bit helps, believe me, I have done it and have lost more than 30 pounds. My friends all ask me what diet you’re on and they don’t believe me when I say I’m on no diet, just walking, eating smaller portions and try to do as much manually as possible.

If I go into our office kitchen and making a cup of coffee, while waiting for the kettle to boil, I do some push ups against the counter or stretch, run on the spot. I call it nickel and dime exercise. It works for me and it can work for you and it cost nothing.  Try this and share your results with other.

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