Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Blues or..The Attempt to Reestablish My Diet

Christmas kills. It kills my thighs, it kill my arms, and worst of all it kills my middle. I have least 3 cookies today, plus cake, and 2 dinners. I am not happy. There is too much food that circulates during the holidays. The seasons are a great metaphor for how in the spring we are fresh and free and diet minded and slim and how we very much like to keep that for the summer. Then its all good in the fall...BUT WAIT! Thanksgiving creeps up behind you and literally stuffs you with stuffing. From then on its a snowball down hill right through Christmas. I haven't even finalized my Christmas dinner plans! I have got one week to grasp the reigns of my diet or I'm never going to keep new years resolutions. That's right people, it's time for some diet KNOWLEDGE!!!

We have all heard these tips before and it pretty much common knowledge but it bears repeating. (I'm not a dietitian just so you know, this is as I have said, common knowledge)

  1. Most people are judged of their weight around the middle. Problem areas for women are where "Christmas Kills" (see above) as in the thighs, arms, and belly. So if you want to look slim and trim go do some Pilate's and work those abs!
  2. The sad fact is working the target areas can only only do so much. The key is to get general exercise such as walking, running, swimming, and so on.
  3. Then there is eating right. This includes watching fats (see below) and portion control. There is nothing wrong with reading the nutrition facts (though I can't promise you that you won't look obsesed if you do it in public) it is good to see what the portion sizes are and so you can easily keep track of calories.
  4. Know how much you should be eating. I found a cute mathmatical equation for seeing how many calories you would need to comsume to maintain your weight. Just times your weight by 11. Its very simple just add or subtract calories by how much you exercise or how much weight you want to loose. For exsample if I weigh 130 pounds (I wish) I could eat 1430 calories to maintain that but depending on how much exercise (or how amazing my metabolism is)I get I could easily eat an average 1500-2000 calories a day.
  5. Know your fats. Good fats are unsaturated; Mono- and poly-. Bad are saturated and trans-. Good fats include oils in fish and nuts as well as conola and olive oils (most good fats are liquids). Bad would include the solid fats like butter.

The reason so many people are diet depressed during the holidays is because as I stated earlier there is so much food, and most of it is not that great for you. Also as the temperature drops people are less likey to exercise as they are hauled up in their houses. I encourage you to get a jump start on that New Years resolution by eating well and exercising.


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