It’s an old joke: A comedian or sitcom character quips that they want to join a gym, but they need to get in shape first. Like most humor, the joke is funny because it’s a little bit true. Most of us feel intimidated by gyms, imagining that we’ll be the least-fit person in a room full of fitness models. We picture ourselves struggling and sweating through a simple workout, while lithe “gym bunnies” prance around effortlessly.
When you think of “burning calories”, you probably picture a tough, sweaty workout. And it’s true that burning calories this way can help you lose weight over time.
However, your body’s basal metabolic rate is actually more important in the long run. We all burn a particular number of calories when we’re working, sleeping, driving, watching TV, and so on. You’re burning calories right now while reading this blog. But as we all know, to our frustration, some people simply have a “faster” metabolism than others. These people don’t tend to struggle with weight loss as much as the rest of us.
Just think of the words “weight loss”, “weight maintenance” or “diet”, and you will probably conjure images of self deprivation. Most of us (wrongly) associate healthy eating with going hungry. It’s no wonder we experience such difficulty sticking with an eating plan! No one could realistically be expected to deprive themselves of needed calories for any extended period of time.
Following an eating plan for weight loss can feel frustrating. You know that you need to consume fewer calories, and burn more through exercise, in order to lose weight. Unfortunately for some people, “consuming fewer calories” feels like they’re going hungry and not too many people will stick to an eating plan for very long when it makes them miserable!
You might often hear that “successful people” (whatever that means to you) tend to be early risers. Many celebrities and famous business people are often said to adhere to a strict daily routine, that includes certain early-morning rituals. Theoretically, these morning routines help them to stay calm, focused, and organized so that they can build a successful day. Or, as the saying goes, “the early bird gets the worm”.
For many people, Thanksgiving is the kick-off day to a season of festivities, fun, yummy food… and weight gain. For those of us who watch our weight, or who are actively trying to lose weight, Thanksgiving represents something else entirely. It’s a dreaded obstacle, or perhaps even a tempting setback that could undo months of progress. How will you get through the day, without gaining a dozen pounds or more?
Here in Southern California, Fall might not bring quite as many weather-related changes as it does to the rest of the country. But still, the weather does cool down a bit from the heat of summer, and those autumn comfort foods seem to be ingrained in our collective psyche. Your body knows that November has arrived, and your stomach demands cool-weather comfort foods!