Monday, February 20, 2012

Win The War On Fat: Seize The Day

Eat Breakfast Every Day


Begin by proving that you have the time for it. This weekend, time how long it takes you to nuke a bowl of instant oatmeal and eat it. We're betting less than 5 minutes, which isn't long enough to make you late for work. Then remind yourself why it's so crucial. "Not eating breakfast may reduce your metabolic rate by 10 percent," says Leslie Bonci, R.D., M.P.H., director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh medical center. This in turn increases your risk of obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes. "Keep a breakfast bar by your bed, or pour dry oatmeal or cereal in a bowl the night before," Bonci suggests. Leave a bowl of fruit or bags of trail mix near your front door so you can grab them in a hurry.

Seize The Day


You want to drop weight? Forget about it. Really - that's the crucial tip. Put the end goal out of the picture and narrow your focus to the day at hand. Ask yourself, "Did I get my workout in today? Did I make the right food choices?" Then go through it again tomorrow, always with an eye on improving. Here are Bob Harper's (Biggest Loser trainer) five real-world solutions for seizing the day.

1. Get over Gym Intimidation - The muscle heads at the squat rack aren't judging you. If they see someone out of shape trying to change, they'll do what they can to help you. Ask for a spot, or even some guidance. Just because those guys are ripped doesn't mean they don't struggle with diets and exercise plans.

2. Fight Through the Pain - Your neglected body won't be able to do what it once could. Start slowly and remember that post exercise soreness means you're making progress. Use this as motivation to put the past into your present. You'll see just how far you've let yourself go, but you'll know what you're eventually capable of.

3. Get Help From Friends - Support groups work. Websites like biggestloserclub.com are huge inspirations for weight loss. Share your story with peers and read how they overcame struggles similar to yours.

4. Forget Plateaus - Whether you lose weight every week or not, remember that your efforts are improving your overall health-from lowering cholesterol to cutting visceral (the most stubborn) body fat. And don't weigh yourself more than once a week. You'll just make yourself nuts.

5. Keep Getting Up - The wagon will leave you behind if you fall off. It's your job to keep chasing it down.

Source: Men's Health

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