Winter is here. We have close to a foot of snow on the ground. There is ice on the sidewalks and parking lots are a mess. It’s no wonder we gain weight over the winter months. It’s way to cold and dangerous to try and walk or exercise outside. The gardens are sleeping for the winter, the fall leaves have been raked. We recycle them by placing them under our long line of bushes that line our side yard where they turn to fertile soil.
How can we can find ways to burn fat over the winter months?
If you exercise on a regular basis, you should be able to burn fat, control your weight, and keep your heart healthier.
Another benefit of exercise besides burning fat is preventing depression. You will find that when you exercise regular, you feel healthier, look better and it’s hard to be depressed when you look good and feel good. Winter is a time that a lot of people feel more depressed. Beat depression while burning fat.
One way to exercise to burn fat is to dance. If you find typical aerobic exercise boring, then dancing may be just right for you. Depending on your age, you can do fast hip hop type music, country music or even ballroom dancing. What ever type of dancing you decide on, you should average doing it about 2 ½ hours a week or a half hour each time.
You don’t have to do the same exercise routine day after day. That also gets boring after awhile. I may dance one day, then walk on the treadmill the next. Which ever I do, I need to do a total of 30 minutes exercising to burn fat.
Aerobic exercise isn’t the only type of exercise that burns fat. I love to lift weights. I have my own bench press and free weights. I was lifting 10 pound free weights until I hurt my shoulder being a little silly with them. Now I have switched to 5 pound ones and I dance while lifting them. They call that cross training. Doing two types of exercise at the same time.
When I am exercising, I listen to my sons IPod. He has put music on it that I enjoy. There is also a timer on the front of it. The numbers are nice and big so I can see how long I have been working out from a distance away. The time goes by so fast because I am having fun. I never knew burning fat could be so much fun.
If the weather is permitting, even in the winter you may get a chance to exercise outside. When there is no ice on the roads to slip and fall on, you can take brisk walks or ride your bike to burn fat. The fresh air really makes a person feel good.
The main way to burn fat is to be active. Find something you like to do and do it regularly. You may just be surprised at the outcome. Keep trying on that pair of jeans that you can’t button and use them as a way of seeing you are burning off that belly fat. As you get closer and closer to buttoning that button, you know you are meeting your goals.
Make goals and stick to them. Burning fat takes a while, so when making goals, make sensible ones.
I am still hoping to avoid the New Years Resolution, ‘I am going to burn fat, diet, or lose weight.’ I am tired of always being on a diet, but I love the me I am becoming.
Each time I meet one of my goals, it gives me the ambition to make a new goal and go on.
This time of year seems like a roller coaster ride for dieters. When getting on the scale it just seems to go up and down. More up than down.
It’s the holidays, the parties, the dinners, and the fun times all add to weight gain. I have personally already seen a couple of pounds more reading out on the scale. I need to keep control of my body burning fat.
This time of year it is too easy to say, “oh well, I’ll just wait until after the holidays to work on burning fat. I don’t want to miss out on the parties and the good holiday food.”
I really don’t want to fall into that trap. I have worked too hard to allow myself to regain those extra pounds. When I see pictures of myself a couple of years ago, I see how fat I looked. Every January, I would be back on a strict diet. I am tired of the roller coaster dieting.
Last January, I had to get my drivers license renewed. It felt good to tell them I weigh less than the previous drivers license showed. By June, I actually weighed 8 pounds less than the weight on my new license. I was extremely happy.
The holidays are rough for dieters but if you go into them prepared, you can go to the parties, eat the dinners and enjoy yourself without gaining weight.
Some things you can do to help you eat less at the dinner party or eat less junk at the office party is to try and be sure to eat something filling before you go. If you are having an office party during work, make sure you get up early enough to eat a good breakfast so you aren’t hungry. Then it will be a lot easier to just pick and choose what you want to eat. It won’t be hunger pains making you fill up your plate.
When going to a dinner party, eating something light before you go, and then eating a small salad as your first serving can help you not over eat the meal. Even a bowl of soup can help you curb your appetite.
Another thing I have started to do to help burn off fat is dancing with a 5 pound hand weight in each hand. You do have to be careful not to do any jerking movements with the weights, that could tear a muscle or tendon. We are not looking to get injured. With the fast moves, I either put the weights down or stay very cautious of my movements. Doing waistline spins from side to side holding the weights up close to my upper torso or side stretches where you reach down with one weight on one side pretending to pick up a suitcase. This is great for those love handles. I do this exercise time for about 20 minutes a day. It is fun and I do it in the afternoon when I typically feel tired. The dancing gets me awake and ready to do things again.
This is some of the stuff I do to help burn fat. We all need to find something that we enjoy doing that will burn fat. I love dancing so it works out great for me. I also love lifting weights. I have my own set of barbels I also lift daily. If you find something fun to do, you will look forward to doing it. Walking is great too but right now, it’s snowing and cold outside.
Come New Years, I really don’t want to say, “I resolve to lose weight.” I am determined not to do that. Maybe my new resolution will be, “I am done with roller coaster dieting.”
If I lived alone, that would be easy. Happily I don’t live alone. I have a husband and my youngest son, he’s 24, that live with me. I cannot limit them on the foods they want simply because a certain food is making me fat.
Is it only one food or is it a group of foods that you seem to be able to avoid for awhile, but then all the sudden you eat every bite there is of it in the house.
My single food that I rarely buy because I will do that is corn chips. When I do buy them, I buy a large bag and it may take me 3 days to eat every last one. I will even hide the bag so no one else can find them. My other foods that I love cheating with are potato chips and ice cream. I won’t eat every last bite in my house of those two items but I will cheat.
I try to limit myself to only cheating on the weekend but lately, I have been adding chips to my lunch again. So far, I have been lucky. I even loss some more weight and I am not sure how. I have to keep focused on getting through the holidays without gaining weight. So far so good. I had gained a few pounds but have now taken them off.
Many say don’t weigh yourself everyday. I say you should. If I only weighed once a week, then I would have no idea of how I am doing and if I need to work a little harder or take that cheat day I skipped.
When you have a food in your house that you have a hard time turning down, try keeping it out of sight first. If that doesn’t work, then write your menu for the day the night before and stick to it. When things have really gotten bad for me and I definitely should not be eating a certain food, I just throw it away. Or give it to my grand-kids to eat. It’s not wasteful throwing it away since me eating it isn’t really any different. It would all go to my waist and buttocks so why not just throw it away.
If you really have an urge for the corn chips or a certain type of chips, just buy one small bag. Then you can eat them and finish every last crumb. You will continue to feel good about yourself as you were very disciplined in what you did.
So what is the food that just drives you crazy and you have to have it?
How are you going to avoid over eating it?
If you must buy it, have a plan.
The holidays are here and we are going to be eating lots of corn chips, potato chips, ice cream, donuts, cake and pies. Be prepared, and you will get through the holidays. When New Years Eve arrives, you won’t need to say. “I resolve to lose weight this year”. You will already be there and everyone will know it when they see how stunning you look in your outfit or suit.
That is my goal.
The other night we had Halloween at our house. If you don’t know what Halloween is, it’s a night that the children all dress up in costumes and go from door to door with bags that we drop pieces of candy into. Sometimes as the evening goes, I have seen a child’s bag so full they can barely carry it. It’s a fun night, many people make their house look spooky, but do the children really need all that candy? I wonder how long it takes a lot of them to eat up all their favorite candy bars and chew the gum. When mine were young, I would allow them to choose 10 things out of their bag that they wanted. The rest went into a family basket. They were to chose one item when allowed from their choices. It usually took them a week to eat up their candy. The candy in the family basket was offered to visitors, babysitting children and of course we ate from it too. After the week past, I would take out what I felt they still would want and put it away for their Christmas stockings. The rest I threw out.
We really have a lot of reasons we gain weight and it is hard to burn fat. If these children are already over weight, trick or treat night is not going to be good for them. The only good thing is sugar calories do tend to burn faster than fat calories. So the sugar candy is better than the fat laden candy bars. The bad thing is, we really like the candy bars.
Our next holiday that causes us grief with being able to burn fat is Thanksgiving. Can you really pass up the turkey with all the trimmings? We really want the stuffing, sweet potatoes or yams, the dinner rolls, vegetables, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pies and chocolate pies. At our house, we also have purple pickled eggs. It only happens once a year so why not eat?
While enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner, you can use your splurge day and be okay. If you are the one hosting the Thanksgiving dinner, then you may have a problem with the left overs. Many have tried to figure out ways to use up that left over turkey. It seems we are eating turkey and the other leftovers for the next week. That could be a problem with burning fat. After a splurge day, you have to get back on your diet to burn fat or you are only going to gain weight. Where ever I eat my Thanksgiving meal, I plan on eating a salad first so I am not so hungry once I start on the meal. Then as I have said in the past, portion control is important. I know I may gain a little weight for the day, but come Friday, I will be busy decorating for Christmas, and burning fat while I do.
Burning fat is not easy when you have so many holidays and good food to eat. Maybe my husband has the best idea. He wants to just go out for Thanksgiving this year. No left overs, less to eat, and less fat to burn. I may decide to go along with the idea.
As I have said many times, don’t plan on burning off that fat fast. Burning fat too fast will only mess up your metabolism. Your body will sense a large cut back on calories and start hoarding them instead of letting them burn off causing you to possibly gain even more weight. To prevent your body from going into the starvation mode, slowly cut back on calories a little each week.
If your body is use to a 3000 or so calorie intake a day, cutting it to 1500 a day would be a shock. You may burn fat but maybe for only the first couple of weeks. Then you are back to being unable to shed any more pounds without cutting even more calories from your diet. If you are only at this time eating 1500 calories a day, you aren’t eating much. Cutting more calories from your diet is really going to deprive you of eating much of anything.
As we all know, we want what we want and sometimes don’t care what the cost is. So you decide to cut another 300 calories a day off your daily intake. Now you are at 1200 calories a day. You also may be able to jump start losing weight again by doing the short starvation diet I have mentioned before. With this diet you go 16 hours after you last eat before you can eat again. You may have to add some good workouts or a fast paced walk to your daily routine too. For all this starving and sweat, you may start to burn fat a bit again, but it also stalls after a few weeks.
Unless you only wanted to burn fat off just a little, you are again stuck with the scale reading the same weight again and it’s too much. Your metabolism has slowed down. You will be lucky to burn fat at this point as your body is fighting against you. Your body is trying to survive what it sees as a famine. You also lack energy. Food is what gives you energy to do those workouts and other things you need to do around the house. Now it seems you just feel sluggish and tired all the time.
All of this is why I preach lose weight slowly. Don’t risk your metabolism slowing down. You want that energy because energy burns fat. If you want to count calories, cut back on some of your high calorie foods or carbohydrates. Don’t cut any food group out of your diet. Our bodies need something from all food groups to balance our diet and stay healthy.
A big thing is, don’t wait until you are starved to eat. An example of waiting too long is what I just did. I was so hungry, I ate a hot dog on a bun and potato chips instead of mixing up some of my tuna I love or making a salad for lunch. Potato chips are a rare item for me to indulge in. Waiting until you are really hungry makes you pick quick food choices, grab snacks or just simply over eat. A good thing to do is make your tuna or salad early when you are not hungry so that once you are, it’s there and ready. Same thing for eating grapefruit or other fruits you need to prepare. If they are cut up and ready to eat, you will grab them when hungry instead of a high calorie cookie.
The point is, plan on burning fat off slowly. It may take longer, but it will also stay off better too. Don’t risk lowering your metabolism by trying to burn fat off to quick. It’s also good to add some cardio to your routine such as a brisk walk. It may take longer to burn off the fat but it will also stay off longer.
Increase your metabolism with foods that will burn fat.
Eating oatmeal for breakfast is a good fat burning food that will also raise your metabolism. It fills you up and is easy to make. Don’t chose the instant flavored oatmeal. Instant flavored oatmeal has added sugar in it, sometimes as much as 13 grams. Choosing either plain instant or better yet a canister of oatmeal that you can fix quickly in your microwave in only a few minutes is a better choice. To sweeten the oatmeal use stevia a sugar replacement or honey.
Another good fat burning food is brown rice. Instead of using the typical white rice in recipes that call for rice, switch to brown. It is considered one of the healthiest foods, very little has been done to the rice to destroy the nutritional value it gives plus the vitamins B3, B1, and B6. Along with being healthy, it will help you burn fat.
When choosing foods to eat, we don’t always think about how many calories our body uses to digest the food.
Lets look at a piece of cake and a chicken breast. Both contain about 1000 calories. You will use up about 30 of those calories when you eat that piece of cake leaving you with 970 more to burn. Now the chicken breast takes a lot more work to chew and swallow. You sit longer at the table with a chicken breast than you would a piece of cake. While eating that chicken breast, you will use up possibly 200 of the 1000 calories leaving you with only 800 more to burn. If you don’t burn off the extra calories, they will turn to fat. If you fry that chicken breast, you may then be better off with a lean piece of beef from a cow that has been allowed to graze in the meadows. Foods you choose from the protein group of the pyramid are harder to digest than most of the other food groups and you may use as many as 30% of the calories up just digesting the protein. Do beware of corn fed animals where they are kept in pens or cages most of their lives, their meat consist of more fat than the meadow raised animals. Eating organic is much healthier.
Don’t eliminate your dairy products from your diet. Low fat dairy products are very valuable. They give us the much needed vitamin D and our daily calcium we need. Both help us build bones and muscle. Eating low fat yogurt, cheese and drinking 2% milk are good healthy choices. Again., organic or meadow raised animals produce healthier dairy products. Dairy products do help you burn fat. The calcium in the milk or yogurt can even help you burn off belly fat.
If you can handle them, hot peppers are a great fat burning food. When you eat a hot pepper it is sort of like having a hot flash, your whole body heats up. Your metabolism rises and you start burning fat.
A great food for burning fat and it takes a lot of calories to burn it once you eat it is celery. Celery isn’t something I choose to eat but I thought I would mention it. Adding some peanut butter to a stalk of celery can be good too.
I hope this gives you some ideas of different food choices. The best thing is, you don’t have to eat like a rabbit to lose weight.
This is the season of parties for our family. My oldest daughter and her husband always throw big parties for their children as they grow a year older. We just added another birthday to the season. On October 4th, our daughter gave birth to a little boy. His birth actually prevented the birthday celebration of her oldest daughter from happening. Zachary was actually almost a month early. I foresee Hannah’s birthday never being quite the same again. Her birthday is on the 6th.
With all these parties comes pizza, cake and ice cream along with all the snacks. It’s really hard not to snack on all those goodies, especially when we are all sitting together in the family room. Watching others eat what I love to eat too is difficult.
We would have been having cake and vanilla pudding tonight for my 24 year old sons birthday, but he chose not to have it. I think I will instead make up some pudding parfaits just so we don’t totally not celebrate. The parfaits will be made with low fat milk so they aren’t all that bad. The whip topping isn’t a low fat one. I found the low fat foods actually add high fructose corn syrup which is terrible for us to consume. While no sweeteners are absolutely great for us, I would rather use real sugar and suffer less side effects than the substitutes.
I have also found that I am happy with just a small serving of dessert. I use to take the larger servings and was taught to always clean off my plate. Then even though I had eaten enough of the item, I still finished the serving to not waste. So much for burning fat. It did not happen.
Now Hannah’s party will be this next Saturday. Needless to say, only being 8 years of age, missing her special party of the year did not go over very well. Since I know that I am going to want to eat the pizza, chips, dip, ice cream and cake on Saturday, I have decided to take it easy on eating much that will not burn fat this week.
Right now as I am writing this blog article, I am eating a tuna fish sandwich with tomato and lettuce on it. I mixed my tuna with mayonnaise, which I am sorry to say I read it has high fructose corn syrup in it and it’s not even the light type. I use wheat bread, which now isn’t suppose to be all that great either, but better than crackers or potato chips. Without the bread, I would have eaten either the chips or crackers. Hopefully the tomato and the lettuce help balance out some of the bad in the sandwich. No matter what, I just ate some omega 3 which is good for my bones, my eyes, my heart and my brain. It was a good choice.
At night, I eat dinner and later my low fat yogurt. Low fat milk products generally aren’t loaded with sugar to make it taste better but I am not reading the label. My husband picks out our yogurt.
If I do good all week, then I can have my splurge day on Saturday. That sounds like a good fat burning plan to me. I will burn fat all day Sunday after enjoying a great day of not worrying about my diet on Saturday. I may even get some exercise to burn fat Saturday by jumping on their trampoline.
If you have been following my blog, you know I would never push that type of hype on you. Reading post like that on the internet usually only leads to you needing to spend some money to buy a product. With my blogs, you are required to purchase nothing to lose fat. If you want to, that is fine, but it is not needed. I will tell you for free whatever it is I have learned to make it easier to burn fat.
Never believe the advertisements that say no changes in lifestyle or diet needed. You can sit on the couch, eat what you want to eat and pop this pill or drink this drink to lose those excess pounds. If you buy the product, your pocket may be lighter but not your body. Not unless your wallet was so full it was weighing you down.
Have you heard of omega 3? The essential fatty acids our bodies need to stay healthy? They are also good for helping you burn fat. Flaxseeds are full of omega 3. They are also a good fiber addition to your diet. Now I am not saying that if you add flaxseeds to your diet that you will absolutely lose weight, but it can help. Along with helping you to burn fat, it can help you keep healthy in so many other ways. Check out my other blogs on omega 3 for more information that may interest you.
If you choose to use flaxseeds as an additive to your diet, you may find that you feel full faster. Flaxseeds work great on salads, or just sprinkled on your cereal for breakfast. Not fond of flaxseeds, there is as usual, a gel tab you can take 3 times a day which will give you the full benefits of flaxseed. Flaxseeds are reasonably priced, not like a lot of those high cost diet mixtures. I actually buy one bottle and get another one free at the store. Flaxseeds are low in calories and can make a nice snack if you simply enjoy eating them.
Another source of omega 3 that can help you lose weight is chia seeds. They can also be used just like flaxseeds in your cereal, salads, or other foods you can add them too. They contain protein,calcium and again fiber. The two work very well together and also give you the benefits of omega 3.
Don’t fall for snack bars that say they are good for weight loss because they contain flaxseeds or chia or both. These so called diet bars are a reason some people are gaining weight. They pack so much hidden sugars into the snack bars that there is no way they are going to help you burn fat. I’ve mentioned it before, beware of high fructose corn syrup. There are other names for high fructose corn syrup to try and confuse us. It also seems the more you eat food containing high fructose corn syrup, the more you want to eat. I don’t believe there is really any true snack bar that taste good that is good for you.
My best snack for me when I want something sweet is to have a bag of grapes on a shelf in my fridge that I see every time I open my refrigerator. I have already washed them so all I need to do is grab a handful. The more natural foods you eat the better for you to burn fat.
So if a diet advertises that you can burn fat off equaling more than a few pounds a week,look into it a bit deeper. If you decide to try it, be ready to dig deep into your pockets. Or you can simply try some of the ideas I give you weekly in my blog for free.
I was sick last week. When sick, you wonder if you should stick to your burning fat diet or if you should allow yourself to eat what you want.
Dieting while sick can be difficult to do. Your taste buds don’t seem to like anything but you want something. I know when I am sick, sometimes I only want sweet cola to drink. I typically hate colas. For some reason when I don’t feel good, cola makes me feel a bit better.
Then I also give in and eat ice cream. It always seems to hit the spot. I am not talking about heaping bowls of ice cream. My family makes fun of me because when I do eat ice cream, I usually eat about a 1/2 cup of it at a time. My son says that is just one bite for him.
Also, I do enjoy my chicken noodle soup. That is the best food to eat when sick. I know it’s full of sodium but it really makes me feel good. I also like to fill it up with crackers.
These are foods and drinks that are not typically on my diet. If I eat them at all, the servings are always small.
When you aren’t feeling well, you do need to eat. I am sure you aren’t really going to eat so much that you quit burning fat. You do need to get well, and not eating isn’t going to help you get better. It will only make you weak.
I know when I am sick a salad just will not work. Any other time salads are a big food I eat often. I really enjoy them. When sick, it’s the last thing I want.
When you aren’t feeling well, don’t feel guilty because you start eating foods that don’t fall on your everyday diet. You need to worry more about getting enough rest and making sure you eat, not what you eat.
After you feel better, then it’s time to get back on your diet routine. Even then it may be a slow start but do remember your goals.
We are in this to burn fat not make ourselves sick in the process. That is why I like the long term weight loss plan. Too many people make themselves sick trying to burn fat.
Always remember your health above all you do. Eating the right foods will help you fight off sickness and maybe keep you healthier. Adapting to a new lifestyle is better than just changing your habits for short term weight loss. Most of the time short term weight loss involves a type of starvation. If you starve your body, you will end up sick.
I am feeling better now and I am getting back to burning fat. It is actually nice to get back to where I can eat all the foods I love to eat, but watch my portions. I can also have my splurge day so I can eat my ice cream and potato chips but then eat right again the next day. I am back on track to burning fat.
Winter is coming soon. Along with the cold weather we are bombarded with birthday parties and holidays. I know it is going to be more difficult for me to continue to stay on my diet through the holidays. I do have to be realistic.
Before the holidays get here, I am working on burning fat again. I have been maintaining my weight for awhile now. It’s not going up or down. Sometimes that scares me a little. If I party a bit too much, that scale is going to go up for sure. I don’t want to say, oh well. I’ll have a good time for the next few months and then make a new New Years Resolution to burn fat, lose weight again. Wouldn’t it be nice to not make that resolution this year?
I decided to help jump start my system to getting back to burning fat again. I am doing the short 16 hour fast again. The most I go it 18 hours without eating. A lot of times how long I fast depends on how hungry I get. I won’t make myself sick by waiting too long. One big thing about doing this is, when I get that late night craving for something sweet, I remind myself how long I will have to wait before I can eat again. Maybe I have already gone 4 of the 16 hours. Do I really want to start all over? If I was really hungry, that would be different, but most of the time it’s because I see my husband eating things all night long. My last snack of the night is usually a light yogurt. I eat that at about 8pm. Then I try and wait until 2pm the next day before eating again. Today I didn’t make it. I ate at noon.
Fasting, as long as it’s short fast, is not going to hurt your health. A lot of people actually do it without thinking about it. On the weekends when we don’t get up early for work, I find that the first 12 hours has usually passed by before I even get out of bed. That only gives me at the most, 6 hours to go. I can still drink my coffee. I do put in some milk and sweetener. The coffee helps me fight off the hunger pains a bit too. I do give in to my hunger before giving my self a headache. We all know our bodies and how long we can go before eating.
The good thing about doing the fast is, I will still be doing it all holiday season. When someone asks me if I want cake, I will stop and think about it first. If it falls in the time I am allowed to eat, then I will eat some, but a smaller piece than I would really like. I have found it’s not that you really want the large slice of cake, you only need a few bites to satisfy you. If you don’t eat it at all, then you feel deprived and that’s not good. We are suppose to reward ourselves, but not over do it.
Then again, maybe your birthday party will fall on your splurge day. Do continue to have splurge days. Just remember, the next day, if your house is full of left overs, you need to either diet or be fasting again. If you do as you should, your metabolism will be in first gear and you will burn fat like crazy.
Good luck with the holidays. If all else fails, well, New Years will come again and there are resolutions to be made.