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When doing a Google search for ‘weight loss tips,’ my post on the subject will come up as the first result. One caller the other night asked me to expand on that, and give him an idea of some types of foods I usually eat. When I’m maintaining my weight, I tend to stick to about 2,000 calories a day. Eating healthy is a lifestyle choice for me, one that I am proud of and enjoy.
A few months ago, I was back up to a BMI of 26. When I weighed myself the other day, I was 140.8 pounds which gives me a BMI of 23. That may sound high, but it’s not horrible. It gets away from me every so often. I do have a few ground rules that I follow which keep me (generally) healthy:
No hydrogenated oils. – This is man-made fat. No trans fats here, guys. That’s essentially plastic you’re eating.
As a male who is getting on in years, I have to be conscious of how much fiber is in my daily diet, too. Most breads on store shelves have high-fructose corn syrup in them, though. I’ve found a good brand recently called Dave’s Killer Bread. This guy is an ex-con who spent time in prison for theft and things of that nature. Part of their mission statement reads that they are committed to “bake the highest quality wholegrain and organic bread without compromise.” The bread is healthy, yes. It’s also extremely delicious.
I’m also eating a lot more fruit than I used to. Drinking fruit juice is not the same thing. There’s very little actual fruit in fruit juices, it seems. If you’re going to have fruit, eat the real deal – since your body needs the fiber to go along with the vitamins and minerals that Mother Nature packs into every bite.
I don’t eat “wacky” foodstuffs (as in, foodcrap invented by man). I love peanut butter and toast – nothing wrong with that! If I’m out and about, it’s more difficult to eat well (since I don’t know what’s going inside most served meals). As always, try to be conscious about how many calories you’re taking in – if that’s something you need to be concerned about.
Some people say that as long as you exercise, you don’t have to worry about what you eat. That’s simply not true. If you shovel crap into your mouth all day long, you’ll never be able to exercise enough to keep up. Yes, athletes sure eat a lot – but they also know what to eat, how to eat, and when to eat. More importantly, they burn off what they take in. Are you?
The biggest difficulty that most people have is cutting junk food out of their daily life. Junk food is just that: it’s full of junk. Fast food isn’t much better, on average. Sure, there are “healthy” choices at most fast food joints – but you can do much better for yourself at home. If you’re a soda drinker and you stop drinking it (changing nothing else in your diet), I’ll bet anything you’ll lose five pounds within a month… just from cutting down on the amount of sugar that you’re taking in. It’s even worse to replace that with diet soda – you’re body doesn’t know what to do with artificial sweeteners, yo.
Stop dealing with manufactured and processed foods; put real food in your body, and your body will thank you for it.
So, can you lose weight fast? Yes, but for that to happen, you’d need to be under strict supervision by a medical professional. It’s quite possible to do with a proper combination of variables – but turning to miracle pills and magical diets isn’t likely do bring you anything but disappointment. Then again, the word “fast” is quite relative.
If you want to copy me, don’t. There is no “one size fits all.” You should also understand:
I try to get an ample amount of rest every night (which affects metabolism and recovery time).
I’m currently not trying to maintain weight; my regimen keeps me at about 1,500 calories per day, balanced between proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. I’ll be reaching my ideal weight soon, and then it’s back to maintaining it.
I do my best to drink water (especially to counteract how much water I lose with coffee, a diuretic).
Do your own research, set your own (attainable) goals, and then start making changes. Nobody else is going to get healthy for you – it doesn’t work that way.
If you could choose any one Geeky gift this holiday season, what would it be? Money is no object. Let’s just close our eyes, and pretend that someone out there has very deep pockets, and wants to buy us each the gift of our dreams. How do you narrow down your list? Do you know what you’d want? Is it possible to choose just one thing?
For me, I honestly couldn’t choose. There are a lot of Geeky things I want. Many of them are expensive, which is why I don’t already own them! Even if I were rich, I still couldn’t afford to keep myself happy with all of the gadgets, gizmos, devices and toys that are out there for sale. Places like ThinkGeek taunt me with all of the cool stuff they have. How could I ever decide?!
It seems a lot of you are getting into the holiday spirit. I came across several posts on our sites today revolving around Thanksgiving and even Christmas. It put me in such a holiday mood that I turned on some Christmas music earlier, and let it play over my live stream. I listened to it and hummed along as I caught up on everything going on in our community.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve struggled with your weight at some point in your life. I’m intent on being on the slimmer side of life. A few years ago when I lost about 40 pounds, I posted my weight loss tips on my blog. I keep an eye on my calorie counts, and do my best to maintain a healthy weight for my age and height. Maybe you, too, are struggling with losing weight. A friend of mine and I just released a diet eBook to share our tips and tricks with you!
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Right now, we’re throwing in a few free gifts, including two more excellent books: The Mental Truth Behind Dieting and Metabolism Boosting Workouts. You’ll also have a chance to win $1000.00 to the best weight-loss story that comes in! The price for all of this is only $39.00.
I’m not just endorsing this, guys – I’m living it every day.
You know my email address. Drop me a line if you are afraid to start, or unsure. I’d be happy to talk with you about it. I’ve had the struggle all my life, and I’m happy to say I’ve found the ways to overcome it.
I try to stay healthy. I start the day with a nutritious breakfast, usually including whole-grain cereal. I also tend to drink some juice with it. I’m told I need more anti-oxidants in my system, whatever that means. I found some juice that can help with this. Acai juice is one of the best ways to boost the anti-oxidants in your blood stream.
The Acai Berry which is commonly pronounced a-sigh-ee, is a rather small, round, and black-looking purple. It resembles a grape or a blueberry, but is yet smaller and darker. This fruit has a large seed and minimum amount of pulp. The acai fruit berry is now broadly used in energy juices, ice cream, certain energy bars with granola.
Known as the miracle fruit, acai berries also helps in preventing cancer due to it’s antioxidant properties that are five times more potent than gingko biloba, a commonly used herbal therapy product.
Acai berry juice has been introduced into other products like bars and health snacks to be sold at gyms and health spars. It’s history is important as by studying the effects that the berry has had on the tribesmen in the Amazon we have discovered that it’s traditional use as an energy booster for hunting and good libido has lead to acai berry juice to being a very commercially viable product.
There are many health benefits to drinking or eating Acai berries. I’m hoping that drinking this stuff will help me contain my free radicals!
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