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With my “staycation” from last week over, it’s time to crack down on the diet and exercise. I really don’t care for the word “diet” because it implies I am totally overhauling my way of life. Not so! I feel a better approach is to slowly modify diet habits and try to eat as healthy as possible MOST of the time and occasionally….meaning once a week…indulge in a favorite food or treat. Let’s face it, a diet without our favorite foods is more of a sentence. I hope to offer some healthy tips weekly on this blog that maybe we don’t think about all the time or just plain didn’t realize. So our “diet” is really plain and simply what we eat. Many of us just need to make better choices in order to lose weight, stay healthy, and keep our numbers (medically speaking) in check!

I’m going to reveal the greatest weight loss secret of all time right now. It’s all about Calories in and Calories out. Isn’t that profound!!!! And yet, it’s so difficult to modify our lifestyles to have that balance.

We all need to consume a certain amount of Calories every day to maintain our bodies. Everyone has a different metabolic rate, activity level, and diet habits. In order to lose a safe amount of weight which is approximately a pound per week, we need to either consume about 500 Calories less per day or burn 500 Calories per day by exercising. A pound is 3500 Calories so 500 Calories x 7 days = 3500. Easy math, not so easy to accomplish, right?

Keep a food diary and be honest with yourself. If you eat a handful of chips, write it down. After about a week take a look at it and see what you could do differently. See what you could cut out that equals 500 Calories or do a combination of exercise and cutting back on a couple things a day.

If you have an iPhone there is a great app that you can scan the foods you eat to keep track of your intake and it will break down the nutrients for you. You can also access it online. You can search for foods by name as well. It’s a very easy to use and well done app and website. You can access it in the Apple app store or online at:

http://www.dailyburn.com

Start tracking your diet and become a label reader and you’ll be amazed at what you eat and what you could cut back on and be on the move toward a healthier you!!

Be well!

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Fat Tuesday!

The title of this blog, Fat Tuesday, doesn’t allow us to indulge every Tuesday, but I thought this was a fun way to introduce the topic of weight loss and obesity. Over 30% of the population is obese and I think this is a worthy weekly topic of discussion. I welcome any inquiries and commentary and this will be an ongoing blog every Tuesday of course.

I think we can all agree moderation is key, but what that means for each of us is something very different. You can’t go cold turkey, start eating like a super model tomorrow, and expect to continue that behavior. I would say a more reasonable approach is to start changing one step at a time….baby steps if you will. For instance, my husband and I have cut out anything fried. We have said no to fried chicken, french fries, fried mozzarella sticks, and even fried pickles over the past few weeks. This week I’ve added in 2-3 protein shakes/day for between meal snacks instead of my less healthy choices. It’s all about starting slow and replacing the bad foods with better foods you can live with on a day to day basis.

So the tip of the week is….baby steps! Rome wasn’t built in a day. Be strong with each diet change you implement and…

Be well!

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