Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I just saw this and thought it was a good article. I just had to share it with all my spark friends..
Fitness trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Loser have inspired countless Americans to get in shape. Here's what they have to say about food, exericse and motivation.
Bob Harper on Food
If it grows out of the ground, or you can pick it off a tree, chances are that itís good for you.
Eliminate the problem. Get rid of temptation foods in your house. Donít even bring them in.
Add a little Crystal Light to your Water for a sweeter taste.
If you donít have measuring cups available, use your fist to figure out correct portions. From chicken breasts to veggies to fruit, just about every portion youíll eat is the size of your fist.
Make dining a pleasant ritual. Sit down and enjoy your food rather than eating on the go.
A great appetizer to order at an Asian restaurant or a sushi bar is Edamame, steamed soybeans. Theyíre delicious, and you can fix them at home too. Just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds, then sprinkle a little sea salt on them, and enjoy.
Thinking that you canít get in shape because you donít have two hours a day to exercise is just another excuse for doing nothing,Ē Bob insisted. ďStart small, because small can only get bigger. Starting big means burning out, blowing out, getting injured Ė another reason you might quit altogether.
When Michael Phelps is in the pool swimming, what is he thinking about? Heís thinking about one thing and thatís swimming faster. When Lance Armstrong is in a race, what is he thinking about? Pedaling faster.
It is never too late to take charge of your life.
Use your food journal to keep track of what triggered you to overeat Ė negative emotions, stress, a celebration, or being with certain people. Identifying these trigger situations will help you put a stop to them.
The main thing is to make peace with your body now, before you try to change it. Accept where you are at the moment. Okay, youíre overweight. But how great that youíve decided to do something about it!
My clients, particularly those who have to lose a lot of weight, are often very angst-ridden when they start. They say, ĎYouíre going to take away the food I love! Youíre going to make me do things I donít want to do, which is why nothing has ever worked for me!í I try to get them to relax. This isnít about beating yourself down but lifting yourself up. It involves realizing why your eating has gotten out of control and starting to think about food differently. I teach them how to work their favorite foods into their plan so they donít ever feel deprived.
When you find yourself thinking, Iím going to get an ice cream cone because Iíve had such a bad day, just stop. Take a moment and ask yourself, Am I really hungry? Do I really want this? Why do I want it? The pause gets you thinking instead of simply acting on impulse.
Losing weight and keeping it off means balance, not going without treats for the rest of your life.