So I attended this health seminar at my gym the other night after my bootcamp class and learned a lot. A couple interesting tidbits?
- Don’t wait until you’re hungry to eat. My bootcamp instructor is a big advocate of eating 5-6 small meals throughout the day. She says that if you wait until you’re hungry to eat your metabolism has already gone into the “starvation mode,” thinking it won’t be getting food for awhile, so it takes longer to kick back into action.
- Everyone should eat (minimum) 9-14 fruits and vegetables a day. Woah there. And it should be a 2-1 ratio, twice as many veggies as fruits.
She also talked about soda. Now, I’m a soda drinker. Big time. I did manage to give up soda for lent a couple years ago, but it was tough. I’ve been hearing everywhere lately that even diet soda (Which is all I will drink, regular soda? No thanks!) actually contributes to weight problems. Something about the fake sugars they use in diet sodas triggers the brain into thinking you’re hungry. Check out this article if you’re interested in learning more…my ability to summarize valid points is pretty lame. 🙂
So, my goal is to quit diet soda. Maybe allow myself one a week. I’d like to quit cold turkey though. My little bro did, and he doesn’t miss it. My problem is that I rarely drink water. I know I need to just suck it up and do it, but if I make myself do things before I’m ready, I generally wimp out. Like with Weight Watchers, I gave myself a few months to get used to the idea, so when I committed, I knew what I was getting into and I was ready for it.
(By the way, as I write this, I have a can of diet coke open beside me. Darn you addictive soda!)
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