Posts Tagged ‘Weight loss’

Nobody has ever lost a pound reading while pedaling…

January 9, 2012

The WSJ offered up 27 Rules of Conquering the Gym.

Here are my favorites from the list:

1. A gym is not designed to make you feel instantly better about yourself. If a gym wanted to make you feel instantly better about yourself, it would be a bar.

4. No one in the history of gyms has ever lost a pound while reading a book, magazine or newspaper  and slowly pedaling a recumbent bicycle. No one.

6. Don’t fall for gimmicks. The only tried-and-true method to lose 10 pounds in 48 hours is food poisoning.

14. You can take 10 Minute Abs, 20 Minute Abs, and 30 Minute Abs. There is also Stop Eating Pizza and Eating Sheet Cake Abs—but that’s super tough!

19. If a gym class is going to be effective, it’s hard. If you’re relaxed and enjoying yourself, you’re at brunch.

21.  Muscle shirts are for people with muscles, and rhythm guitarists.

26. A successful gym membership is like a marriage: If it’s good, you show up committed and ready for hard work. If it’s not good, you show up in sweatpants and watch a lot of bad TV.

27. There is no secret. Exercise and lay off the fries.

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How to keep the flab off …

October 18, 2011

Most folks have dieted at one time or another to shed a few pounds.

Inevitably, the pounds creep back.

But, according to a place called the National Weight Control Registry, regaining lost weight isn’t inevitable:

Some people are able to lose a substantial amount of weight and keep it off at least a decade.

Here’s how they do it:

  • Track their food intake.
  • Count calorie or fat grams or use a commercial weight-loss program to track food intake.
  • Follow a low-calorie, low-fat diet … about 1,800 calories a day with less than 30% of calories from fat.
  • Eat breakfast regularly.
  • Limit the amount they eat out … dining out an average of three times a week and eating fast food less than once a week.
  • Eat similar foods regularly with no binging on holidays and special occasions.
  • Walk about an hour a day or burn the same calories with other activities.
  • Watch fewer than 10 hours of TV a week.
  • Weigh themselves at least once a week.

OK,  I’ll start by having breakfast … the rest can come later.

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