COUNTING CALORIES / SETTING GOALS

 

If you want to lose weight at a reasonable rate, a rate at which you can keep it off, here are some perfect programs for you … Aim for an amount of exercise that will burn about 300 calories each workday (or 1500 calories each work week). If you eat the same amount of food, you will lose almost 1/2 a pound per week (one pound equals 3600 calories). Here’s how you can do it using a variety of techniques: Go with a colleague to a high-rise building and walk the stairs for 15 minutes (150 calories). That would still give you a half hour for lunch. Walk to the bus stop or your car by going the opposite way around one square block -15 minutes (55 calories). Walk after dinner 30 minutes (110 calories). Total 315 calories burned per day, 1575 calories during the workweek. That equates to a weight loss of a little less than a half-pound a week, or 22 pounds a year!
If you throw in even one day a week at the gym (on the weekends or on less stressful days) – treadmill for one half hour (170 calories); weightlifting for one half hour (250 calories) – that’s an additional 420 calories burned. Adding that to the 1575 calories burned during the week, you get approximately 2000 calories burned per week, or 29 pounds lost per year. Each additional day per week you go to the gym burns another 6 pounds per year. You can clearly see that even the smallest efforts add up to impressive results. Don’t try to lose it faster; the body goes in to starvation mode and stores fat more readily if you try. The slower you lose it, the more assurance you’ll keep it off.
Join an aerobics class, volleyball club, basketball team, racquetball league, tennis team, or kickboxing – at work or YMCA, or neighborhood. All of these combine working out with socializing. There’s another synergy. You go and continue to go because of the support and because you don’t want to let a friend down.
Remember that besides laughing, exercise is the only activity that both releases endorphins and helps you burn calories. If the gym is not an option (cost, distance,
initial level of discomfort), start at home. You can do pushups – either on your knees or fully extended; sit-ups with legs hooked under the sofa; squats using a chair for balance; or ride a stationary bike. All of the above can even be done watching TV (yes, TV is good for something). Use the commercials for sit up and push-ups, and the stationary bike for the programming.

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