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Schmeelkie wrote:The easiest diet in the world: Eat less, exercise more.
This is difficult for me as one of my medications (so they claim) causes me to be hungry.
Hate pretzels... and I am eating more fish, chicken, & vegatables lately. trying to stay away from breads....
When I am at the office I now take the stairs instead of the elevators.
Have to drop the weight and get in better shape and this will improve my overall health.
I am not in bad health.. just probably at the edge (plus my age) where things will start happening that can be
avoided by diet....
I've been cutting out soda lately, trying to not go to diet soda, due to the nasty chemicals and the findings that they make you crave sugar more. Lucky for me I do like unsweetened tea. Sugar is my big enemy. Trying to make my body accept a small dark chocolate or two in place of several cookies, a smaller bowl of lower fat ice cream (Edys double churned is great!), or just sating my sweet craving with raisins or other fruit. Also trying to decrease the crackers/pretzels at snack time by eliminating or combining a few crackers with fruit, or vegetable soup. Also trying to replace my regular turkey on wheat for lunch with veg soup. Got out of the habit of drinking alcohol with two pregnancies and nursing, so I don't get many calories there.
Exercise would help too, I just don't have much time. I take the stairs (4 flights) at work at least twice a day, and try to run after kids whenever possible, but I don't get much sleep (which would also help, but I'm not in control of that), which makes me take the lazy route often. Think we just need some more snow again - shovelling burns TONS of calories! And don't totally discount exercise - having more muscle makes it easier for the body to burn the calories you ingest, so it pays off in the long run.
I don't have a big weight loss goal - only 10-15 pounds, or when my jeans cease being tight.
jamiebk wrote:I could use a little work on the waistline myself. Over the past few years, I have really been working or eating a lot better. Lower fat foods, less of everything, low chloresterol foods, no or less salt. I don't drink many sodas (pop). Once in a while I gulp an energy drink when diving or hiking. I drink a lot of fat free milk and I usually eat fat free yougurt in the morning with breakfast along with a high fibre cereal like granola etc. I usualy take fish oil supplements as well as plant sterols (no,...not steroids). All these for heart and vascular health.
Unfortunately, my exercise isn't where I want it. I am active enough on weekends with scuba, (lot of swimming) or skiing or hiking etc. but these come in fits and starts. I need a more regular regimen. I am too heavy right now and I can feel it.
It all takes a lot of discipline...I don't know why. Seems like this should come naturally. I don't know why we are so "blessed" with a taste for fried food, sweets, and fat-laden stuff like ice cream, butter, cheese etc.
jamiebk wrote:I don't know why we are so "blessed" with a taste for fried food, sweets, and fat-laden stuff like ice cream, butter, cheese etc.
Selma in Sandy Eggo wrote:jamiebk wrote:I don't know why we are so "blessed" with a taste for fried food, sweets, and fat-laden stuff like ice cream, butter, cheese etc.
Because we are the descendents of the folk who survived the famines. People with an efficient digestion, and a propensity to store a few months' spare calories, have a better chance of surviving and procreating. The problem of excess food is a recent one, and not one that we're preset to cope with.
Mark TwainI have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.
analog wrote:hmmm ...... back of the napkin calculation..
if a food calorie is about three thousand foot-pounds, [http://www.uwsp.edu/CNR/wcee/keep/Mod1/Whatis/energyresourcetables.htm]
and five floors were sixty feet,
and one weighed a hundred pounds,
then each trip up five floors would require 6000 ft/lbs of work,
...... or two food calories.
If humans are 20% efficient then make that ten calories, or two per floor.Mark TwainI have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.
When I feel the urge to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes
Not to denigrate exercise, though. Some semblance of tone keeps one's appetite in check.
Giant Communist Robot wrote:Not to denigrate exercise, though. Some semblance of tone keeps one's appetite in check.
I'm suspicious about this--I think in most cases exercise stimulates appetite, at least psychologically.
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