Shed the Holiday Pounds Before Next Year
The most important thing is to set goals. You cannot say you want to lose twenty pounds in a month, because it is not realistic, but five is. Setting unrealistic goals promotes discouragement. Write goals down, pin them in a visible place and read them all the time.
Next is how we eat. Yes, how we eat is more important than what we eat. For instance, eating too fast almost guarantees that you will gain weight, especially if you eat till you’re full. This happens when we eat while watching TV, using the computer, eating on the run. We also overeat when we feel emotional, depressed or sad. Eating fast promotes obesity on many levels, the biggest being it increases insulin resistance, a condition that some 60-70% of my patients have. A quick way to tell if you are leaning towards insulin resistance is if you crave sweets or feel sleepy after a meal. Being mindful while eating and eating smaller meals with roughly equal protein to carbohydrate ratio, five times a day will put you at a huge advantage over dieting and starvation, and will bring you equally impressive, but lasting results.
We should also touch on what not to eat. Foods that strongly promote weight gain are hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, sodas (including diet), fast food, deep-fried foods and foods high in animal fat. As a rule of thumb, steer away from processed, pre-packaged foods and lean towards whole and organic ones, ingredients that you can understand.
Remember, you are in control of your health.
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