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Don’t lie to youself you are fat.

Nutrition, and why it’s like a credit card.

Nutrition is probably the number one hurtle that we all have to overcome when trying to lose weight. Mainly because we don’t realize just how much calories we should be eating, and we don’t understand (or in most cases just don’t care) just how many calories we are shovling in our fat faces.

Start reading, Nutrition Lables

If you live in Canada or the US you can turn over any food that you buy and see just how much fat, and calories are in a  given food. You will have a set amount of calories that you are suposto take in on a given day. To find this out it is best to either talk to your doctor or consult the internet, this number usually goes by your height, your current weight, and the amount of weight you want to lose. Let me make one thing perfectly clear. Don’t let “Counting calories” consume your every day to day life. Just be aware of what it is that you are putting into your body.  Basically what I am saying here is don’t be an ignorant fatty. Don’t be that person who says they are changing their life but does not want to put in the actual effort.

Food Scales, a.k.a. The devil

Most people when they embark on a weight loss journey will buy a food scale. These little devices were and still are the worst thing that has ever happened to the modern day fatty. Don’t measure your food, feed your body what it needs when it needs it. If you start measuring your food, weighing your food, you will get sick of it  and you will eventually eat more, and more often. You will develop that “Fuck it” attitude towards food and you will find yourself in the exact same place that you are now.

Hidden Calories

So instead of measuring your foods, just be aware of how many hidden calories are in certain foods. Salads are the worst for hidden calories, if you like me, love those creamy salad dressings then you will be shocked at how many calories are in just one tablespoon, for most of them it’s almost 100 with 5 or 6 grams of fat. Basically any sauce that you find yourself putting on your foods, take a look at how much calories and how little actual nutrition is in it.

Cut the Salt

Now salt has no calories, it is however the number one condiment that we use on a daily basis. Salt does not actually make you “gain” weight but it makes your body retain water. Also, when you are consuming too much salt you are esentially “burning” off your taste buds, so you need more and more and then more salt. If you are like this piggy and lovvvvvve salt then try buying half salt, it’s a little bit more expensive but will cut your daily sodium intake by almost half without actually giving up the salt. And no you can’t taste the difference.

Water, Water, Water….

We all know that the 8 glasses a day rule is bullshit. I hate it. Never liked it. Just drink more water. Water flushes out your system, helps in the reduction of temporary water weight gain, helps with better skin etc. etc….the list goes on of the benifits of water. Water though has one more important role in your weight loss journey. It should replace those high calorie juices, pops etc….. Don’t drink your calories, Eat them.

Why 100 Calorie Snacks can be dangerous.

When you make that first stop to the grocery store you will be on the look out for low fat foods, but especially low fat snack foods and these things are great. Low fat popcorn is a great way to curb your carb cravings. However, there has been a new fad in weight loss that has taken hold and which is now gaining ground especially in these past few years. The 100 calorie snack. You buy a box of 5 or 6 packages of 100 calorie something,  chips, candy, cookies etc…. Now don’t get me wrong these things are great, it’s a good way to get control over your portion sizes and to satisify a craving. They however can be very, very, very, very dangerous. Because they are “only 100 calorie” some people (including this piggy) would have 5 or 6 a day. So that’s 5oo or 600 wasted calories, so just be careful in how many of these snacks you during your day

Shop the Permiter.

When you are in a grocery store, all of the good foods tend to be along the permiter of the store. Veggies, Dairy etc…. So start there. Don’t go right into the middle, fill up your shopping cart with the good stuff first. Take this rule with you; that top part of the shopping cart, the place where parents place their bratty children, let that be your guide to how many “bad” things that you will alow in your house. Once it is full, that is it. No more “junk”.

Your Nutrition Budget

You can view Nutrition the same way you view and use your credit card. On a credit card you are given a limit, go over that limit or not pay your bill on time and you are charged intrest. Now with your calories you are given a certain amount daily, just the same as your limit on your credit card, if you go over that limit by a substational amount then that “Debt” or “Intrest” turns into pounds on the scale. It’s simple. Eat more, Gain more.

You are not dumb,  so stop pretending to be.

Work within your limits. You know what is good for you, and what isn’t. You know that a fast food meal isn’t probably the best one for your new weight loss goals. You know that chips, dips, and all that great stuff is bad for you, and is most likely going to set you back couple of pounds. You already know all of this. You already know everything you need to know about nutrition, you always have, you have just chosen to ignore it, and that is why you are now fat.

Coffee, and coffee houses.

Coffee has become more of a social activity than anything else these days. We meet up with friends for coffee, but temptations will find us there. Those nice little coffee cakes, and the high calorie drinks also will find you there. If you go to Starbucks try having your coffee with non-fat milk, sugar free surup…a.k.a….the skinny latte. These have about 100 calories in each grande cup. Make sure that when you are drinking regular coffee that you put little or no coffee cream in it, and try replacing a sugar with a sugar subsititue (splenda etc…). Coffee has no calories in it, it is only what you put in it that makes it high calorie.

Nutrition is the biggest part of your weight loss battle. You can exersise until you are blue in the face, but if you feed your body loads of calories your physical activity will mean nothing.

 

Oink, Oink, My friends…….

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March 3, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. Reading your blog is going to be part of my new morning ritual to motivate me. Great post with many relevant points, now I have to stop kidding myself.

    Comment by pinnythewu | March 3, 2009 | Reply


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