Get Off That Sofa!: Diet alone will not induce weight loss for most people. Some type of physical activity must be introduced to the daily lifestyle. This does not have to mean hours in the gym – there are many ways to boost your activity without a monthly membership fee. Take a brisk, 30-minute walk during the early evenings or mornings. If you do not feel safe or comfortable outside, try walking in the local mall. Check out your community center, YMCA, and nearby colleges for yoga, martial art, or dance classes. If you are more of an introvert, many cable providers include stations like FitTV that broadcast various different exercise routines. If nothing else, just turn on the radio and dance. Your moves do not matter as long as you are putting some real energy into what you are doing. With a little investigation, you are bound to find some type of exercise that suits you.
Archive for August, 2009
Skip the “Served on a Bed” Part: Many restaurants, especially French and Italian, advertise the protein part of the main course as “served on a bed of rice” or “served with linguine.” By skipping white rice and pastas, you can save up to 300 calories per meal. Ask for your fish to be served on a bed of raw, leafy greens instead. Substitute that side of pasta for a side of steamed seasonal veggies. If you must have pasta, always go for the red sauce. White sauces are made from adding heavy cream to a roux of butter and flour – sauces such as Alfredo and Mornay put in even more calories with the addition of high-fat cheeses. In contrast, red sauces will be primarily tomato-based and by definition lower in fat and carbohydrates. If a red sauce isn’t available, ask for your pasta to be tossed with a little olive oil and herbs instead. “Flavor” doesn’t have to equal “fattening.”