This blog is for and about the Webster family. Each of us want to make choices every day that will result in optimal health and fitness. We represent different generations and different places in life - from empty-nesters to young families to students. Our health goals are as varied as we are, but we want to have a common place to post our progress and our challenges. We will be accountable to each other - to provide support, design incentives, share information we come across, and in general cheer each other on and celebrate our steps toward fitness! If anyone happens upon this blog and is inspired to be more fit and healthy that is icing on the cake. So here we go!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Kathy - Little Tips to Lose Weight

I came across an article that had some interesting information in it.  To summarize:
1)  For every 3,500 calories you expend above what you take in, you lose a pound.  Pare 350 calories from what you normal eat and burn an extra 350 a day and you will be about 14 lbs lighter in 10 weeks.
2)  Check your food portions.  Be sure to check food packaging for suggested serving size and compare it to what you are really eating.  A 105-calorie serving of Grape-Nuts, for example, is one 1/4 of a cup - a large bowl can easily exceed 400 calories.
3)  If you tend to be a fast eater, try a "speed bump" food at the beginning of your meal.  This something like hot soup or spicy salsa that you can't eat very quickly - so you're forced to slow down, which gives your body a chance to feel satisfied before you overeat.  Since it takes at least 20 minutes to feel full, take your time and concentrate on enjoying your food instead of gobbling it down.
4)  If you want to achieve lasting weight loss, don't neglect strength training.  It's effective for weight control because if helps maintain muscle mass, and muscle burns more calories that fat even at rest. 

Hope you find something helpful here! 

Things are really coming down to the finish line with our first challenge!  Go guys go!

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