Monday, November 30, 2015

The Food Was Delicious.....Ways to Burn Calories After the Feast

Thanksgiving and the holidays may mean a bit of weight gain. Or, you may be gaining that "Freshman 15" you always hear about (generally due to eating any free food offered on campus plus eating a lot more junk and fast food than you used to, and not moving enough to burn it off).

In order to lose one pound of weight, you need to cut 3500 calories fom the food you eat for the week, or 500 calories every day.

The other way to lose weight: burn calories.

Here are some ways to burn 100 calories, for someone who weighs about 150 pounds:

10 Minutes       Jump rope continuously
                        Shovel snow
15 Minutes       Paint walls
                         Swim some laps
                         Walk up stairs
20 Minutes        Rake leaves
                          Wash the car
                          Take a slow bike ride
                          Play basketball
                         Take a brisk walk
                          Spend 20 minutes on an elliptical or treadmill

30 Minutes        Walk the dog
                          Put up holiday lights
                          Do some dancing

Wondering how many calories you're burning? See this calculator:

  • Take weight loss slowly, don't do any 'fad diets' where you eat nothing but cabbage or one that doesn't include a major food group.
  • Losing one or maybe 2 pounds a week is perfectly fine---that's between 5 and 8 pounds in a month.
  • You can eat a bit of everything. Forbidding a food is just asking you to 'cheat.'
  • Watch the way you use words---'skinny' and 'thin' really refer to people who are not a healthy weight. You're trying to be healthy, feel better, and make it easier for your heart to work, not go to extremes to be underweight. Work on a sensible body image while you're learning to eat better and move your body.
  • Make new eating habits you're not going to abandon once you've lost weight.
  • Regular soda has 100 calories and 27 grams of sugar, about 8 teaspooonsful (or more). Diet soda has 0 calories and 0 grams of sugar. If you typically drink 3 cans of soda in a day, you could cut out 300 calories a day (and 24 spoonsful of sugar!!) simply by switching to diet soda. That's 9000 calories in a 30 day month.
WOW for November 30: What does BMI mean? What is your BMI? Click here:

How many calories are in that??? Look up the number of calories foods including items from restaurants here:
Here's a list of apps that might be helpful in your goal of getting healthy:

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