Tuesday, January 08, 2013
As I am reading the latest issue of FitnessRX, I find an article on The Globesity Cure Fighting Fat and Winning. There is a box titled Personal Responsibility. It states that the major causes of obesity include lack of exercise and diets that are high in calories, the bad fats and refined sugars.
That seems obvious, doesn't it? Yet, many people struggle with weight issues, myself included. I know that, for me, if I were not as active as I am I would be having some major issues with my weight. I still remember when I was at my heaviest and saw my reflection in the doors as I walked up to a building. I did not like what I saw.
I was attending a culinary program at the time and I, along with my classmates, was gaining weight at a fast rate. It did not help that we had access to the donuts, cookies and meals that we prepared. My wake-up call came when a fellow student commented that I eat a lot of sugar. I realized I had a problem since my classmates were noticing and they only saw a small part of what I was eating each day. Unfortunately, that was several years ago and I still eat too much sugar. Not only that, but I eat too much in general.
I often use the excuse that it is too hard to eat healthy because there are so many temptations everywhere I go. However, that is just placing the blame on someone else and not taking responsibility to do what I personally need to do to be healthy and fit.
No more excuses! So, what are things that I can do?
1.) Limit processed foods. Focus on eating foods as close to their natural state as possible. (Translate: Stop eating so much bread and eat my grains intact)
2.) Eat more meals at home. Restaurant foods are often highly processed and prepared with a lot of oil.
3.) Drink more water. I often mistake thirst for hunger.
4.) Keep the fiber intake high. This should be easy if I am eating foods close to their natural state.
5.) Limit my time sitting before my computer screen. Get up and move!
6.) Add weight training to my exercise routine
7.) Keep added sugars to no more than 5% of calories
I received the inspiration for this blog from that article, but it does not match what the author (Thomas Fahey) suggested. The last one I got this one from Jeff Novick on Dr. McDougall’s site and this is the one that I am going to have to work the hardest at achieving.
What are things that you can do to help you reach your goal?