My Favorite Diet and Fitness Lies

Pedusa Inexpensive Pedometer

Today we talk about some of the biggest lies that people and the media throw around regarding weight loss and what's good for you. Special thanks for Alice Yovich and Amanda Flynn for their support and for help in producing the show this week.

Pedusa Inexpensive Pedometer

Pedusa Inexpensive PedometerSomeone recently purchased the Pedusa 771 pedomater. This seems like a really cool and inexpensive ($16) pedometer. If you're looking for an accuarate pedometer without breakign the bank, this might be a fun tool for you to check out.

A reviewer on had this to say, “This pedometer has a feature that only starts counting your steps after 10 CONSECUTIVE movements. It then adds these 10 steps onto the tally. I'm also amazed at the features… 7-day memory, clock, total steps, daily steps (which automatically reset every night at mid-night), distance travelled, calories burned, a daily goal that sounds a “notice” when you reach your goal, and total “active” time. Amazing. I've carried it in various pockets and even in a bag and it seems to be just as accurate no matter where it is. I have not tried to wear it around my neck on a lanyard. This might register false steps. Its a wonderful size and seems to fit in any pocket I have. I also appreciate that it doesn't “click” every time it registers a step. I felt like I was the tin man with all the noise some of them make. Great little gadget to gage your daily steps. I plan on buying them for gifts for family members who are on an “exercise kick”. ”


Diet and Fitness Lies That Drive Me Crazy

We get fed different message by the media (or we feed them to ourselves), and some ofthem really drive me crazy. Here are a few of my favorites.

The Bigger Package is a Better Value

I was walking across the street and I saw a sign at the local gas station that stated the “Big Bag was the best value.” While you may end up paying less per item (say potato chip) in the long run you end up paying more in hospital bills, medications, and the loss of abilities. The US spent 2.6 Trillion in 2010 on health care.

The true value is being around for your kids, and being able to do things with your kids.

Arby's is Good Mood Food

I hate Arby's new commercials stating that their food is “Good Mood Food.” Here is why I hate it. It's partially true. In her book Overcoming Overeating Lisa Monroe explains how science shows that people's brains are getting stimulated by the food we eat much the same way marijuana stimulates the brain. The problem is this “high” is short lived, and when we “come down” we are left with a body digesting the Regular Roast Beef, Curly Fries and a Mountain Dew (1170 calories including 2190 mg of salt).

I'll Start Tomorrow

And by tomorrow you mean Sunday as that's the start of the week. That turns into Monday which…. we all know how that turns out. A much better idea is to start right now.

I'll Never Lose All This Weight

When you have a significant amount of weight to lose it's easy to get locked on the final goal weight. I urge you to realize you didn't gt fat overnight and you're not going to get skinny over night either. Right now I'm 30 lbs over weight. If I lose 1 lb a week I will hit my goal in 7-8 months. Weight loss is not a sprint, it's a marathon.

The good news is if you can start now, and make small changes, you can begin to see weight loss. Even a small weight loss has benefits. ”We have seen a consistent pattern in our weight loss studies that when patients lose 5%-10% of their body weight, they lower blood pressure, reduce LDL [“bad”] cholesterol, improve glucose tolerance, and in general, lower the risk for cardiovascular disease,” says Catherine Champagne, a researcher with Louisiana State University's Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Right now 5% of my body weight is 10 lbs. That seems achievable when 30 lbs does not. I say don't even look at the 5%. Celebrate it when it happens, but for me I like to look at my next meal. When you take it day by day, meal by meal you don't get stressed by the big picture.

I Don't Have Time

When you go to the grocery store and see the magazines can you name the people on the cover? Then you have time. The reason I say this is I (for the most part) gave up on TV. I can't identify the teen mom, the bachelor or bachelorette, etc. So back away from the TV, from YouTube, NetFlix, etc and start putting yourself first.

The time you have is YOUR time. Quit giving it away to things that do not benefit you. If you truly believe you don't have time, do me a favor and for 48 hours take a piece of paper and right 1-24. Then each hour put down what you did during that hour. The results will astound you.

Also, you may not have 30 minutes uninterrupted, but you can do three 10 minute exercises.

I Don't Have the Energy

You may not have the energy to run a marathon today, but you do have the energy to take your first step. Since we are talking about lies, one thing I have found is true is I have never got done exercising and said to myself, “I feel worse.” I am always proud of myself, I feel more confident, and even if the scale doesn't budge the next day I know I'm taking steps to make it happen.

While the biggest loser television show is extreme, the one thing you do see over and over again is people doing things they thought they would never do. You don't need to go crazy and start running today (always ask your doctor before beginning an exercise routine) but you will be amazed and how you feel when you finally sit down and go, “I guess I can do this…”

Mentioned in the show

Pedusa 771 Multi-Function Pedometer – Black

Diet Vs Exercise

I've been reading the book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Dr. Brian Wansick. It's a very interesting book. It ta;ls about how if we just lose 100-200 calories a day we would lose weight. It says take something you eat every day such as a soda with 140 calories. If you divide the number of calories by 10, that is the approximate weight you would lose in a year if you quit eating it. So for 140 calorie soda, that would be 14. For 270 calorie candy bar (a day) you would lose 27 lbs.

It also says that when you can't see how much you eat (like a buffet) you lose track of how much you have eaten. A study they did with two groups eating chicken wings. One group that had their chicken bones removed ate 28 percent more than the second group who had all their bones in front of them.

Another thing is prisoners with a six month sentence gained weight. Was it the food? No. Lack of exercise? No. It was because they wore baggy jump suits that didn't fit them firmly. So if you are wearing lots of sweat pants or stretchy clothes, get rid of them. Your clothes getting snug is your body trying to tell you to pass on that cup cake!

I was riding my bike last night and my bodybugg said I was burning 5 calories a minute. That means that fiber one bar I ate (150 calories) was not going to be “burned off” until I rode for at least 30 minutes. The bad news is when I ate this I wasn't really hungry. If I had hung in there a little longer, the calories I was burning would be making a bigger deficit. So if you are in a hurry to lose weight, you can speed things up by diet. Exercise is good, but in the 2 minutes it takes to eat a fiber one bar, it takes 30 minutes to burn it off.

Be careful, and don't take this too far. If you don't eat enough calories (typically 1200 for ladies, and 1500 for guys – check with your doctor) you can put your body into starvation mode and hurt your metabolism.

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