Everyday I receive numerous e-mails regarding nutrition. Here are two of the most popular.
“How can I be overweight if I don’t overeat?” It’s sad that most people don’t realize exactly how much they do eat in the average day. I like to coach my clients to eat four to six meals per day. Most of them freak out at me when I first suggest it. “Frank, I can’t possibly eat that much!” The truth is that you do eat that much, you just forget about the candy bars, extra-large iced mochas, or that buttered roll that you ate at the sink while reading the mail. There was also that cookie you took off the tray at work and that half sandwich that the kids didn’t want. So you’re probably eating much more than you think you are. When you combine that with little to no exercise, that’s why your pants don’t zip up anymore. I’ve also seen overweight people who really didn’t eat that much, but they also hardly ever moved and lived a very sedentary lifestyle. Their calories burned don’t exceed what they’re eating, which is your basic formula for losing weight. Here’s a quick example: Let’s say that a woman needs 1,500 calories a day to maintain a reasonable weight, but she ends up taking in 1,600. That extra 100 calories a day will result in close to a ten-pound gain a year if she doesn’t exercise.
“How can I stick to a diet and never eat my favourite foods ever again?” Any diet plan that requires you to give up something forever isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Again, this is why those zero carbohydrate diets never work; because you really can’t go through life never having a piece of bread again or a bite of birthday cake. I know that if someone told me I could never eat something again, it would work on my mind day and night until my lips were attached to a box that said “Hostess” on it. I suggest a cheat meal once a week, which means that you’ll never feel deprived of what you’re craving for more than six days. The cheat meal will satisfy your mind while tasting great and even helping to rev up your metabolism. When you have a high calorie meal consisting of foods that your body hasn’t had on a regular basis, this can have an effect of shocking your metabolism back into action. Your calories for that day will end up higher than normal, which also kicks your fat burning motor into gear. When you return to your diet the next day, you’ll experience a calorie deficiency compared with the prior day, and your body should respond by dropping some weight. Please don’t forget to also exercise regularly, which will mean that the excess pounds will simply come off. Choose one of the many exercise routines in this issue or from a back issue of Inside Fitness magazine and start working out today!