I really disliked today’s segment on real women and how they lose weight and look post the baby.
The first problem is that most women are overweight when they get pregnant. I can say that because 68.2% of the American population is overweight or obese.
Second, one they get pregnant, they think they have a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card and can eat all they want. Totally wrong. You can eat just 300 extra calories a day when pregnant. That 2 pieces of fruit and a yogurt, not a bucket of chicken.
Finally, once you deliver, you should immediately go back to weight loss eating. You can even do that if you are breast feeding, which is new. Don’t keep overeating as you are sleep deprived and stressed with the new baby. Instead, take a few minutes to strength train and cut back on the food and pound the lean protein, fruits and veggies and watch the weight fall off, like the celebs.
Now, Heidi being on the runway 6 weeks post-partum is crazy. I don’t know what she did but my take is that she gained very little weight with that baby, PLUS, she may have breast fed to contact her uterus to get back in shape.
Trust, me, it can be done if you are smart and you plan.
Great article in a past Wall Street Journal that I just came across.
It PROVES that strength training can improve your gold game considerably.
In the past, people though strength training made you tight and too muscular. NOT SO. Instead the strength enhances your accuracy AND makes you leaner and longer. All of that translates to a better gold AND tennis game, if that’s your preference.
And look at our current tennis stars. They are ALL in the gym hours a day in addition to their time on the court.
It looks to me like a win-win situation.
ANYTIME you make dietary changes, it immediately makes a difference to your health and risk of disease. Tuft Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging looked at the habits of people 65+ years of age and found that those who switched to a healthier diet were less likely to die of cardiovascular disease and many others causes.
So, if you or someone you know has neglected their diet and adopt the “I blew it” excuse, urge them to make changes, even small changes, that will reduce the risk of death and illness.
NOW, to be clear, these are changes for illness. These are not changes that will result in weight loss. To accomplish that, you not only need to eat a healthier diet, you need to cut calories. That’s the reality.
The recommendation to get 30 minutes of some movement in each day is a joke.
Here is an example. Almost every postal worker, UPS person, garbage person, grocery checker, etc., I see are ALL overweight. How can you be overweight if you are on your feet all day?
It’s simple. You overeat.
I totally agree people should move. But 30 minutes of gardening, housecleaning, running errands on foot (which is what I do), etc., can be negated with 3 big spoons of ice cream, a half bagel, 20 chips….
It’s not about the activity. It’s really about the food that you are putting into your mouth AND about boosting your metabolism 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with three, 30-minute strength training sessions.
When you look at the research, we are just about as active as we were 40 years ago. Sure, we don’t get up to change the channel on the tv like we used to, but blaming inactivity is wrong. It’s all about the food.
I was watching the HBO special on obesity and they talked about gym classes and the fact that the ONLY state that insists on mandatory gym is mine, Illinois.
BUT, according to “Men’s Health,” Chicago is the second fattest (their word) city in the country. How can that be if we require 4-5 days of gym each week.
That’s simple – It’s ALL about the food.
NO! And if you did, you would lose a tremendous amount of muscle and water and virtually NO fat. That’s not what you want to do.
That’s why 1-2-3 pounds a week should be your goal. PLUS, if you are strength training and your training weight stay the same or go up, you all but guarantee that you are losing fat since you are maintaining your muscle. That’s the success formula and why I am so opposed to cardio. It burns up your muscle. Your goal is to build, not burn.
Having a blast doing Fox Chicago today. They are giving me three hits, which is a HUGE amount on television these days.
I will put up a link to the segments once I get them later today.
New Swiss study PROVES that seeing thin objects while eating, such as thin Giacometti statues, made people eat less chocolate. Those seeing the statues at 4.7 pieces compared to 6.4 pieces when they did not.
I have a funny personal experience that is somewhat similar. I was trying to decide if I was going to workout one morning and was flipping channels and I somehow got to “Twilight” and the scene with Taylor Lautner running in his shorts and no shirt before he became a werewolf and said to myself, “you fat pig, get your clothes and get to the gym” and I did!
A Harvard study confirms that the best way to lose weight is the old fashioned way, eat less, eat more lower calorie foods and exercise.
It’s not brain surgery. I’ve been saying that fad diets don’t work for years. What, you eliminate ONE food group, such as carbs, then when you introduce them back into your diet, you gain all the weight back.
Plus, ANY diet that doesn’t include strength training is doomed to fail as your metabolism will slow. That’s going the wrong way.
Everyone, weigh in today and let me know what the scale says as I truly do want to know.
After Michelle Obama’s very doable recommendation of growing your own produce (NOT!) as a cure for our obesity epidemic, we then have Disney, with Michelle present, saying that they will eliminate junk food ads on some of their programs.
How, may I ask, is this supposed to slow or reverse the obesity epidemic?
Here’s an analogy:
Say you live in a crack house, but the television you are watching STOPS running crack ads. Do you quit the crack? I think the answer to that is a big ol NO as you are LIVING in the crack house. Why would you stop doing crack?
68.2% of the American population is obese or overweight. Therefore, the PURCHASERS, the parents, are the one’s making the buying decisions. Sure, kids will ask for crap food, but do you have to buy it.
Yesterday, my son said he wants a Mazerati. I said it’s best to do well in school, get a job, work your ass off and maybe, just maybe, you will have enough money to make the purchase. I didn’t run out and buy him a car, and to be honest, he’s only 11!
So, will eliminating ads REALLY stop the problem. We eliminated smoking ads, but 20% of the population still smokes. Maybe it helped a little, just a tiny bit, but I don’t think this will put a dent in the obesity problem.
One more stat: if you have one overweight parent, your risk of obesity goes up 50% – with two overweight parents, the risk rises to 85%.
Tough if you are growing up in one of those households.
Why don’t we work on the parents and then have the effect trickle down to the kids? That makes the most sense to me.