Wednesday, April 21, 2010

There Is No ''Cruise Control"

It's not uncommon for those who've managed to lose the weight they always hoped ~ to find months later they're inching back to where they were before.

Sure, having a target weight as a goal can get you there, but once you arrive, you may wonder what's next? It's how we're geared culturally. We're always looking for what's next.

We've staged the food arena as a battle ground where we gear up daily to face the enemy. After all, food makes us fat! It can appear that way when you're assaulted with so many unhealthy food choices in fast-food joints and in most of the supermarket aisles. So, of course, it takes Spartan measures to keep saying "no."

But the paradigm shifts when you find good foods to say "yes" to. And there are plenty of them!
Here's the best news: "The more you eat of them, the better you feel!" The pounds will still drop, and you don't have to run marathons to make it happen.

That's because our bodies run more efficiently when we're eating the foods we were meant to eat. We burn more calories because our metabolism changes.

For 10 days, stay off the bathroom scales and reach for an apple or an orange the next time you crave a bag of salty chips. Have a bag of almonds handy ~ just a few of those can stave off cravings. Eat as many vegetables as you want and reduce your meat portions. (Americans generally eat twice as much protein as they need every day!) Add a little exercise ~ even a 20 minute walk each day will make a difference ~ then see where you are next time you weigh in.

You'll find good eating doesn't have to be a life-long battle. It's easier than you think!

1 comment:

Sheri said...

Great advice, Paula.

Thank you!

I'm off to grab some fruit and veggies to snack on...