Early Monday diet tip

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Time for the Monday check up, because you all know Thursday is coming! I like to remind everyone after the weekend to keep on track. It is often hard to have the will-power to resist all the good food that we have available as homesteaders isn't it? Here is an article from The Dollar Stretcher that may help keep you motivated!

Top 10 Keys To Successful for Weight Loss by Greg Landry, M.S.

When all the celebrating of the holiday season is over, 60% of American adults will resolve to "lose weight and get in shape" for the new year! After years of helping people reach their weight loss goals, I've put together 10 keys to help make your New Year's resolution for weight loss and fitness a successful one!

1. Do some type of aerobic exercise (walking, jogging, swimming, stationary cycling, aerobic dancing, etc.) on a DAILY basis, preferably in the morning! Try to average 30 to 60 minutes per day. However, if some days you can only do 15 minutes, that's still a lot better than doing nothing. Do something daily!

Forget this twice-a-week stuff! Our bodies were designed to be active on a daily basis! When we are, our metabolism is super- charged and it also puts us in a "healthy" frame of mind. People who have exercised in the morning make better food choices during the day.

2. Tone your muscles with weight training three days per week. Toned muscles really boost your metabolism and cause you to burn more calories 24 hours a day - yes, even while you're sleeping you'll be burning more calories! Toned muscles look good too!

3. Always eat breakfast! Skipping breakfast sends a message to your body that you're "starving" because you haven't had food in 18+ hours. As a protective mechanism, your metabolism slows down and your body begins to burn your muscle as fuel.

4. Avoid fad diets! For healthy, permanent weight loss, develop an active lifestyle and concentrate on eating carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and limit the amount of fat you consume.

5. Eat earlier in the day! Research has demonstrated that you can lose weight simply by eating a substantial breakfast and lunch, and a light dinner. Dinner should be eaten as early as possible, preferably at least four hours before bedtime.

6. Never eat less than 1200 calories per day! Less than 1200 is usually not enough to support your basal metabolism and thus will slow your metabolism.

7. Look for situations to be active. Park as far from the store as you can rather than looking for the closest parking spot. Use the stairs rather than the elevator, a rake rather than a leaf blower, etc. Look for the "difficult" way to do things - the way the requires the most effort!

8. Avoid alcohol! I call alcohol the "triple whammy"! It depresses your metabolism, stimulates your appetite and it's loaded with calories!

9. Drink 60+ ounces of water a day. Your metabolism needs plenty water to function properly, especially during weight loss. Water can also help you feel full. Carry a bottle of water with you and drink frequently throughout the day.

10. Avoid the "3 P's": weight loss pills, powders, and potions! There are NO quick fixes! If you vigorously pursue fitness and health, weight loss will happen!!(tm) ________

Author and exercise physiologist, Greg Landry, offers weight loss success stories and unique weight loss and fitness programs at his site.. copyright 2002 by Greg Landry, M.S.

-- Melissa (me@home.net), January 13, 2002


Having a stomach flu for a few days will help you lose weight. I really don't recomend this however......

-- Kelly (homearts2002@yahoo.com), January 13, 2002.

For breakfast I'm having an almond shake (almond milk base) made with bananas and papaya, my favorite. Yesterday, it was another goody, with bananas and strawberries. No sugar, all natural. The best recipe I found out of Fit for Life. Beats a milkshake hands down for taste.

-- Randal at home in Brazil (randal@onebox.com), January 14, 2002.

Hey, Kelly, hepatitis will do it, too! lol I did that one year. Only good thing about the disease. Sorry about your flu.

I do use the SlimFast shakes most mornings, just cause I like them, and it's something fast. Can't say I've lost any weight doing them, though.

Landry's advice seems sound to me. Well, still no aerobics for me:(, but hopefully someday soon my foot will stop swelling.

I'm not doing anything drastic(yet), but am trying to cut back here and there and be good more of the time. I'm learning to like salad.

-- mary (marylgarcia@aol.com), January 14, 2002.

I was hoping your foot was getting better Mary. It is so hard to have something like that wrong and still run a house. Hope you are back to normal soon.

-- Melissa (me@home.net), January 14, 2002.

Sorry, I forgot to put the web address on for Dr. Landry.


-- Melissa (me@home.net), January 14, 2002.

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