Tuesday, March 2, 2010

5 weight-loss myths to deny

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Misguided weight-loss myths do more harm than good. This article at HowStuffWorks.com examines five widely believed weight-loss myths that may lead to diet mistakes and some practical ideas to help you avoid them. Discover which foods aren’t as bad for you as you may have been led to believe!
2 of the Weight-Loss Myths:
  • Snacks and Desserts Will Ruin a Diet: Usually it’s not the snacks or occasional dessert that does a diet in, so much as it is the type and quantity of said treat. The occasional snack is necessary to avoid dips in blood sugar, keep energy levels high and avoid binging at main meals.
  • Never Eat in the Evening: Experts are now downplaying this rule because calorie consumption, rather than time of day, is the key determinant of diet success. The main point is that a pre-bedtime snack or dessert isn’t detrimental to your diet, so long as it’s not eaten on the heels of a high calorie day.
Full list of weight-loss myths at HowStuffWorks.com, with thanks to Guy Kawasaki.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Ten tips to keep fit at home

The American Heart Association gives us these ten tips to stay fit at home. Their expert's tell us it's convenient, comfortable and safe to work out at home. It allows our children to see us active, setting a great example for them and our spouse. We can combine exercise with other activities, such as watching TV. If we buy good quality exercise equipment, it's a one-time expense that the whole family can enjoy. It makes it easy for us to have short workouts several times a day.
  • Do your housework instead of hiring someone else to do it.
  • Work in the garden or mow the grass, not with a riding mower! Rake your leaves, prune, dig and pick up trash.
  • Take a short walk before breakfast, after dinner or both! Start with 5-10 minutes and work up to 30 minutes.
  • Walk or bike to the corner store.
  • Pick up the pace when walking. Walk a hilly route. When watching TV, sitting up. Walk on your treadmill or pedal on your stationary bicycle while watching TV. Hide your remote controls. Don't ask someone to bring you a drink, get up off the couch and get it yourself.
  • Stand while talking on the telephone.
  • Walk your dog.
  • Park farther away and walk the extra distance with a smile. Wear comfortable shoes and sneak in an extra lap or two around the mall.
  • Stretch to reach things in high places and squat or bend to look at items at floor level.
  • Keep your exercise equipment repaired and use it!

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