Monday, October 11, 2010

Stop Whining and Start Losing

I recently came upon a well-timed article in Fitness Magazine (September 2010) focused on all the excuses we ladies use to go for that second cupcake, that second plate of mac and cheese, or the blueberry scone at Starbucks. I'm definitely one who always finds an excuse to indulge, hence my issue with weight-loss lately. They have some great suggestions and I wanted to share them with you:

  • PMS: According to the article, those who are prone to PMS expierence a drop in the brain chemical serotonin, and that can cause a spike in appetite--especially cravings for carbs. How to take control? Track your cycle using or the iPeriod app. In the week before and during your period reach for healthy, high-fiber snacks every few hours and choose those that provide a steady release of energy and satisfy your sweet or salty tooth. For example, strawberries and melted dark chocoloate or three cups of air-popped popcorned sprinkled with Parmesean.

  • Stress: Whether your planning a wedding or under a tight-deadline, when you're in stress-mode your body releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, prompting temporary spikes in energy, metabolism, and blood surgar. How to take control? Make a list of calorie-free stress busters which might include taking a walk around the block or listening to relaxing music. You can also opt for healthy protien like lean turkey or low-fat cottage cheese.

  • You've been good all week (this one hit the target for me): People in the U.S. consume an average of 115 calories more per day on the weekend. This adds up to an extra five pounds a year and jeans that are too tight. How to take control? Spread out your rewards...a glass of wine one day, a frozen yogurt the next. Schedule a pre-dinner visit to the gym or go for a walk.

So tell us, do you have any "take control" tips to share? I think I've used every excuse in the article but you can read all the advice here.

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