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Food & Fitness: The Writing Diet November 29, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.
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IMGP4187After I started writing on a regular basis, I lost 20 pounds with no effort at all.

Those twenty pounds (which were the ugly ones) seemed to melt away as I spent more time at the keyboard and less time in the kitchen.

I’d be writing, and my stomach would speak up.

“G~R~O~W~L.  I’m hungry.”

“OK, I’ll feed you in a minute.  Just let me finish this first.”

“G~R~O~W~W~W~L~L~L~L.  I mean it, I’m hungry.”

“Yes, I heard you.  Here’s a swig of coffee.  I’ll get you something to eat in a few minutes.”

The weight fell away, week after week, because I’d found something I enjoyed doing more than transferring the contents of the refrigerator into my ever expanding belly.

Don’t worry.  I wasn’t starving myself.  Far from it.

I lost the weight at a healthy rate of 2 pounds a month (or 1/2 a pound a week).

Some caloric math: 3500 calories = 1 pound.

If you are losing a pound a week, you are burning 500 calories more a day than you are eating.

Losing at half that rate meant I was consuming 250 calories a day less than needed to maintain my previous girth.

Almost anyone can cut 250 calories a day with barely a growl or grumble of protest from the tummy.

Like the tortoise, slow and steady wins the race.  A quick jack-rabbit start may motivate us . . . but if we expect to lose 5 pounds every week, we are apt to become discouraged.

Instead, look at what you have been eating and cut out 250 non-nutritious calories a day ~ the donuts, cookies, ice cream, chips, and sodas that don’t fill you up anyway.

Then, replace those calories with foods filled with fiber that do fill you up:  fruits, veggies, whole grains, with some nuts and popcorn thrown in when you need a crunchy treat.

Quote to Ponder:  Nothing tastes as good as being “fit” feels!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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