I’m one of those people who lives to eat. Luckily, I’ve been able to keep any unwanted extra pounds at bay thanks, in part, to my passion for running and also, in part, to my commitment to eating as many fruits and vegetables a day as possible.
My love of food (it’s an obsession, actually, according to this quiz: Are you obsessed with food?) is so great that for years I’ve been dreading the day my metabolism hits the brakes and slows down. Metabolism slows by 1 to 2 percent each decade after age 30, and that’s just around the corner for me.
But a slower metabolism is most marked in one’s sixties and beyond. Why? There’s a significant decrease in muscle in your sixties, particularly in women. And since muscle is a calorie-burning powerhouse, muscle loss equals fewer calories burned.
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My kitchen is a no-butter zone! Well, with the exception of a teeny-tiny amount for toast. The worst part: it’s not my rule. It’s my fiance’s. He doesn’t loathe butter, he actually loves the stuff, but saturated fat is his #1 enemy. (Andy has high cholesterol and he’s one of a few fortunate people I know who can keep it in check with a healthy diet and regular exercise.) And because butter is basically straight-up fat, most of which is saturated, we opt instead for some of these low-fat EatingWell dinners.
Dr. Philip Ades who wrote EatingWell for a Healthy Heart agrees. (The book was just nominated for a James Beard Award as one of the best healthy cookbooks of the year.) And, in fact, his cookbook puts together more...read full post »
Going to a movie before dinner is a recipe for diet disaster. I used to end up sharing a large (translation: humongous) popcorn with my husband and sneaking some of his Sour Patch Kids to boot. I left the theater feeling full but hadn’t eaten any “real” food. Now, before I go to a show, I try to have a dinner with plenty of lean protein and fiber to keep me satisfied, such as Seared Steak Salad with Edamame & Cilantro. Then I’m not ravenous at the movie and I’m content to split a small popcorn. It took a little trial and error to find a healthy-eating solution but it’s one that works!
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When you first start trying to lose weight, the pounds seem to come off easily. You’re motivated, you’re careful to stick with smaller portions and you’re good about keeping track of everything you eat. But, eventually, your rate of weight loss slows and then… stops. Is this the beginning of the end? NO! It’s the beginning of the second phase of your weight-loss journey.
Why not try some of my 4 secrets for kick-starting your diet:
1. Don’t deprive yourself! Denying yourself favorite foods usually ends up backfiring. Budget in satisfying treats that come in discrete units, such as Chocolate-Dipped Gingersnaps (157 calories for...read full post »
I want to (and know I should) exercise more. I actually like to run—but I often go long stretches (weeks!) without running. I find all kinds of excuses to skip exercise: the baby didn’t sleep well, I’m too busy at work to break at lunch, I’m too hungry at dinner to run first. You know what I mean, life stuff.
When I get into these ruts, I try to remind myself that even President Obama makes time to exercise. But that sort of reasoning doesn’t really get me out the door on a run.
What does work for me? These are my 4 tricks to get myself to exercise more: