6 Reasons You Overeat

I found this wonderful article this morning and think it’s a must read for all of us.  Over the past decade, we’ve seen a drastic change in the way in which we consume information, usually in easily digestible bite-size chunks. While there’s benefit to that, allowing us to learn a little more in between our daily tasks (commuting, standing in line, etc), it’s often difficult to pull out the useful information necessary to actually change behavior.  It usually serves much more as entertainment than knowledge.

In this case, though, we’re getting much more than a simple enumerated list of tips, but insight into the how and why.  Kudos to the author for bridging the gap between short and concise and meaningful and useful.

In the article, point #2 “You Frequently Say, ‘What the hell!’ resonated with me.  Whenever I decline a dessert in the office, or skip the pizza party in lieu of my packed lunch, I’m often met with “you gotta live” or “once in a while won’t kill you”.  And while I agree with the latter, you can’t say ‘what the hell!’ every time.  That’s mainly used as a justification.  Most people have the wrong idea of moderation, never mind ‘once in a while’.  That’s not to say that an effective weight management program has to completely rule out all bad foods, but they should be well defined and controlled and not subject to ‘what the hell!’ moments.  You can’t change your habits if you can justify the same behavior every day.

Want to control your weight and fitness levels for the rest of your life?  I call it the blueprint of weight management and you can read more about it here

Fitness Myth-busting 101

I’ve been interested in fitness and nutrition for so long that I often forget that many people hold common misconceptions as truths.  As I read through this article, there were many times when I had to stop to think “do people really believe this?”.  For that reason, I thought this was a very good article to post for anyone who isn’t as close to the industry and whose working knowledge of weight management may simply be that of word of mouth.

There are three examples in this article that particularly caught my eye.  In no certain order:

Energy drinks.  It’s bad enough when abused by people who actually hit the gym, its borderline comical to see people walking out of a gas station with a tall energy drink simply as a way to get through a day.  The clever marketing has deluded these poor people into believing something so damaging is actually beneficial.  Solution: Eat better. Sleep better.  Exercise more often.

Morning is the only time you should work out. Oh good lord what a terrible message that sends.  So if I have an early morning meeting and I can’t work out, I should just not bother? And my goal to create a calorie deficit to aide in my weight loss should suffer?  I have a really hard time believing someone would buy this nonsense.  Now, the optimal time to work out is something that is always in debate, but obviously it’s better to do something than nothing.  You certainly wouldn’t skip a workout because morning wasn’t an option.  There’s much more to the equation, scientifically, than that.

Keeping a food diary is a reliable way of monitoring food.  Well, while I wholeheartedly agree it’s tracked incorrectly, I can tell you from my own experience that this is a powerful tool in weight management.  If you’re not doing it and you struggle with success, I implore you to start.  Learn the lesson from this section though, most of us overestimate workouts and underestimate caloric intake.

If you’re serious about your health, your waistline, and your energy levels, invest time in learning the real truths.  I know it’s mixed in with a lot of garbage but it doesn’t take all that much effort and it’s the best thing you can do for yourself.

Want to control your weight and fitness levels for the rest of your life?  I call it the blueprint of weight management and you can read more about it here

Insight On The Biggest Diet Mistakes

This article puts a period for something I’ve said many times in previous posts.  No matter what your thoughts are on starchy carbs, gluten, sugar, etcetera, your eating habits are only as good as what you can sustain long term.

While many people have successfully lost weight by severely reducing carbohydrate intake, living within the confines of eliminating an entire macronutrient is not only nearly impossible, it’s likely robbing you of nutrients that will keep you healthy.

Weight loss should be a long term plan, focusing on exercise, nutrition, and sustainability.  If you’re plan is too aggressive, certainly so in the above example, it’s not going to stand the test of time.  Find ways to make positive life style changes that you can live with and that maximize your health and weight management efforts.

Want to control your weight and fitness levels for the rest of your life?  I call it the blueprint of weight management and you can read more about it here