EATING LIGHT & HEALTHY
At one time or another, half of the women and a quarter of the men in this country have tried to lose weight. Are you one of them?
The only way to step off the diet treadmill is to find a weight loss program that helps you lose weight slowly and steadily; one that trains you to adopt a low-fat eating plan so simple it becomes a way of life. There are no short cuts and diet is a dirty word. What you and my Brentwood, MO personal training clients need is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few suggestions.
- START STRONG: People who eat a healthy breakfast generally feel less hungry throughout the day.
- CURB YOUR APPETITE. Drink a glass of water or tea just before a meal.
- STOP COUNTING CALORIES. The best foods are complex carbohydrates. Low in fat, fast-burning, and rich in vitamins and minerals, they are also high in bulk, which means you can feel fuller on fewer calories. Whole grain cereals, rice, breads, pasta, beans, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
- EAT WHAT YOU LIKE. Just pick a low-fat protein, a complex carb, and a healthy fat such as olive oil and don’t over do the portions.
- SIT DOWN. Train yourself to eat in one place, preferably at a table. It’s too easy to overeat when meals are grabbed on the run or while standing in front of the refrigerator.
- SLOW DOWN. Eat slowly enough to give your body time to release the enzymes that tell your brain when you’ve had all you need.
- EXERCISE. It burns calories and suppresses the appetite, and it’s awfully hard to lose weight without doing it. An easy way to get started is to strap on a pedometer and go for a walk, then work on increasing your mileage from one week to the next. After you accomplish that, look into hiring a personal trainer to get your started on proper form when using weights. Using weights will help rev up your metabolism.
- DON’T GIVE UP. If you aren’t seeing results yet, they will come. Sometimes it just takes a little longer on some personal training folks than on others.
- REWARD YOURSELF. Treat yourself to a massage, or a cute little outfit, or whatever, for each week that you maintain your new weight.
For more information on eating light and healthy, contact Maurie Cofman, C.E.S. personal trainer in St. Louis, Brentwood, and Clayton.