Fighting Winter Weight part 1

Did you know that the average American gains is 3-5 lbs over the Holidays, which is 20lbs in 10 years. The thought of me gaining 20lbs scares me to death, not just because I will be over weight, but because of health reasons.

What is your healthy weight? There are hundreds of website to help you figure this out plus your BMI.  http://www.healthcentral.com is one of my favorite sites. Health Central can answer a lot of your questions.

Being over weight almost guaranties most of us will develop a disease. So all we have to do is maintain a healthy weight. So how do you maintain or lose weight. I am going to cover 5 things that sabotage our perfect weight goals, then I’ll go over some tricks on how to avoid them.

  • Ignored  Calories
  • Lack of sleep
  • No Daily exercise
  • Stressful life
  • Diets that destroy our Metabolism

So what are the tricks to avoid those extra pounds? We will start with calories, I will not bore  you with all the elementary details, I am sure everyone knows what a calorie is.

Lets talk about how to control calories and I am not talking about dieting.   I will say right up front that I do not believe in dieting. I don’t believe in telling myself or someone else to stop eating a certain food. The minute someone tells me I can never have chocolate (or fill in the blank) then I am going to crave it and dream about it. So what do I do? I tell myself today I am going to drink 8 glasses of water and eat 3-4 pieces of fruit. I make better choices and I write my weekly menu on Sunday, all with healthy choices. I plan 3 snacks at 100 calories and three meals around 300 calories, I never let myself get hungry or full. This makes it easier to cut down on cravings. By planning a head I don’t have to think about it on my busy Mondays rushing between clients. I don’t do caffeine and I haven’t in years, but the way I eat gives me plenty of energy. A lot of my clients come to us because they want to eat healthy, but they don’t have time to think about it, so Culinary De-Lite does all the calorie counting, menu planning and cooking for them.

Lack of sleep.
Get 7-9 hours of sleep. I love to sleep and everyone who knows me knows I need 8 hours of sleep. My work days are demanding and I have to be quick, organized, and sharp thinking. I have come to realize the minute I didn’t get those hours I don’t think as clear. Also sleep deprivation infers with hormone levels that increase our appetite. Sleep deprived people are generally overweight. So turn off the TV and go to sleep, whatever you have not finished will be there the next day waiting for you.

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