Wednesday, February 17, 2010
It was my goal to hit 179 by Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, I only got to 187. However, I decided that I didn't want to maintain until after Lent anyway. I decided to give up eating out. I love to eat out, but I realize that restaurant food is always going to be more caloric and have bigger portions that what I would make it at home. So my new and improved goal is to hit 174 by Easter. That also means that I will be maintaining during my trip to Europe - which is a big perk.
If you have a half an hour I would recommend watching this talk by Jamie Oliver (and by talk I mean rant)
He's not very articulate, but he is very passionate. He also has the advantage of being right.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I was recently asked, "I heard a teacher that I work with say the you couldn't (sic) drink water with your meals. She said that it causes the fat in your food to stay in your body. She said that you should drink a glass of water 1/2 hour before and after meals to flush out the fat. Is this as crazy as it sounds?????"
I say, listen to your bullshit detector when it goes off, it's probably right.
The Mayo Clinic says, "There's no concern that water will dilute the digestive juices or interfere with digestion. In fact, drinking water during or after a meal can actually improve digestion. Water and other liquids help break down the food in your stomach and keep your digestive system on track."
In my opinion, this is just another trick people use try to avoid doing real weight loss. Real weight loss is hard. You have to work at it. Rearrange how you are drinking your water is something to do if you feel guilty about not changing your calorie intake.
That is different from using water as a tool. Many people will try and drink a glass of water before a meal to make them feel fuller and so they eat fewer calories. Ta da! You're on the road to weight loss. Otherwise you're tricking yourself into believing that you can eat a higher calorie diet and still lose weight.
However, there is also a lot of misinformation about how much water a person should drink. I know we've all heard the 8 x 8 number (Eight 8-oz glasses). That is not true. I found the best explanation of the misinformation in Scienceagogo.com (love the name)
I copied the pertinent passage: