Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Diet Plan for Aging Boomers

OK, I have a tendency to be a bit of a porker. Mabye even more than a bit. I always thought the four food groups were salt, sugar, grease and caffeine. Large sausage pizza and a Coke - completely balanced meal - all four groups. And donuts? Don't get me started. Donuts are like their very own food group. Ever hear of the "Donut Diet?" It calls for eating a donut 15-20 minutes before lunch and dinner. The pre-meal hit of carbs is supposed to trigger the "full" response sooner in the meal, so you eat less. Well, if a donut 20 minutes before lunch is good, four donuts 20 minutes before lunch should be four times a good, right? See, that's why these kinds of diets fail. Also explains my being a bit of a porker.

It's pretty easy to pick up a few pounds here and there, and pretty soon you're up to an eighth of a ton. When it's a single digit fraction of a ton, it starts to sound like a lot. But take heart, there are tons (there's that word again) of people out there who will take your money and sell you some hope of losing weight. Some even say you can eat what you want and don't have to exercise. Seems to be one of two things going on with these. It's either a scam - the only thing getting lighter is your bank account - or it's some drugs doing some powerful and unnatural stuff to your metabolism, your digestive tract or your whole body in general.

Well, here's a clue. You don't have to pay Weight Watchers (watch it yourself) or Jenny or Atkins or South Beach or North Beach or any Some Beach plan. You can do this yourself. It's all a matter of balance. In terms of calories, if you eat more than you use, you store 'em up. If you use more than you eat, you use up some of what's stored. What's stored are those excess pounds. So, it's really a simple concept, and there is no magic bullet. Just cut way way down on the junk food - chips, fries, candy, etc. Eat a little healthier, and less overall. You know, more fresh fruits and vegetables, drink water instead of soft drinks. Or maybe a Coke Zero. That stuff was made for Boomers. Get a little more exercise - start taking brisk walks, slowly increasing your speed and distance. Shoot for something around a 17 minute mile pace. Walk outside if possible. Take the stairs at the office if only going a floor or two. You'll feel better for sure, and probably start dropping a few pounds. Me? Yeah, this is exactly what I've done, and I'm down about 30 since Thanksgiving. Kinda leveled off right now, but I'm confident I can get another 10 or so. Give it a try. It's free.

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