One push away can equal about a thousand push ups. Push away that extra portion of pasta, that heaping bowl of ice cream, the double shot caramel extra cream frapacinno.
Researchers tell us that one hour at the gym burns about 200 to 300 calories, which is about what a low fat meal contains but that extra portion of pasta, the giant bowl of ice cream or your favorite order at the coffee shop can equal two hours at the gym. Your average north American that is obese would have to live in a gym if they continue to eat the way that got them into their situation.
So exercise has its place but you cannot outride your fork. Be reasonable with food and stop trying to find happiness with a spoon. Most of our food intake nowadays is based on trying to satisfy an inner urge that a mountain of food will not placate. Eating what you need versus what you want is the key. The human species has found happiness with a plateful in front of them for eons because for most of our history this was a rare thing. We have evolved with never enough to fill our bellies and deep urge to seek out the fat and the sweet. Now we can keep a fridge filled with enough sweet and fatty food that would in history have fed a small village and some of us weigh the same amount as that small village after forty or fifty years of this runaway caloric train.
Eat smart. Get rid of the empty calories. Eat lean chicken, fish, and pork with moderation. Eat complex natural foods that might require some preparation rather than just scooping papered foods into your mouth. Eat wild or brown rice, ancient grains, beans, nuts and a bowl of oats for breakfast versus the crap that comes in boxes. Fill up on vegetable, beets, broccoli, green beans and cabbage. Enjoy salads when ever you can, without the creamy dressings. Use olive oil to rub on your meats and fish and mix a bit with balsamic vinegar as a dressing for you salad. Back up you diet with fish oils and if you want more specific advice go to a naturopath for detailed information on the vitamins and minerals you may be need.
And don’t forget exercise. Three times a week work out on your bike, run or power walk and be active everyday but remember you cannot outrun or outride your fork or spoon. Keeping calories in and calories out in balance is the key to staying in shape.
So get and keep active and eat smart like your life depends on it because it does.