Ride the Wave – Dealing With Cravings

Cravings are a major challenge in the effort to reduce body fat and lose weight. Whether it’s ice cream, potato chips or chocolate, certain foods tend to haunt us. Giving in to them is clearly counterproductive, and trying to ignore them may drive you to distraction. But, instead of trying to push them out of your mind or just giving in to them, try riding the wave of cravings. There are a few typical ways to deal with a craving: Ignore it and try to fight his way through it with sheer willpower. Give in to the craving. Acknowledge the craving, […]

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Confessions From a Cardio Rut

I am no different than anyone else, a creature of habit who loves her routine. I like to think I am a flexible person, but when I recently took a hard look at my cardio routine for the last year, it appears that I am not… For the past 12 months, I have been in a comfortable routine. I used the elliptical machines at CRP for 30-45 min at least 3-4 days per week, and was quite pleased with myself, surrounded by many of the same people each week. The equipment would show that I had burned a solid 400-500 calories each time. However, […]

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Diet vs Exercise – What’s Most Important for Weight Loss?

Notes from a seminar I gave Wednesday, February 16: When reducing body weight, dietary change is more important than exercise in the short term (about the first six months).  Exercise alone results in a very small change in weight over the same period. To maintain weight loss over the long term, the combination of diet + exercise is better than diet alone. This suggests that improving diet should take precedence over exercise when beginning a weight management program, especially if changing diet AND starting to exercise is too much to manage at the same time.  Exercise can be introduced once […]

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