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Friday, March 12, 2010

10 Commandments of Weight Loss

Sorry, Devon,  I just love Dr. Oz. I simply do love him. I will never stop linking to his amazing tips, nor will I stop posting his sassy, sweet picture! [Just a little sisterly ribbing!]

I have spent the better part of this snuggly, rainy day curled in a fetal position due to a stomach bug or a bad reaction to last night's dinner (take out).  Luckily, baby A hasn't minded and has gone about her normal business of "feeding me" tea, playing music for me, and giving kisses.

While she naps, I've been catching up on DVR which led me to Dr. Oz Show, which inevitably led me to his website and this article!

1. Thou Shalt Not Wear Pants that Stretch
Your clothing is your early-warning system for weight gain. When it’s getting hard to snap your jeans, you know it’s time to be vigilant. Wearing stretchy clothes allows you to live in ignorance of how your body is growing, making it easier to pack on pounds without knowing it.

2. Thou Shalt Not Keep Bad Clothes in Your Closet
When you keep the clothes you wore at an unhealthy weight, it gives you a back-up plan if the pounds don’t come off. Instead, force yourself to stay on track by 86ing your “fat pants.”

3. Thou Shalt Not Eat Meat That Walks on Four Legs More Than Once a Week
Meat that comes from an animal with 4 legs is higher in saturated fat (the unhealthy kind) than that which comes from 2-legged animals such as chickens, or animals with no legs, like fish. Plus: women who eat large amounts of red meat more than once a week have a 50% higher chance of dying from heart disease and have higher cancer rates.

4. Thou Shalt Not Graze
Plan your meal before you open the refrigerator, get what you need, and close the door. Opening it throughout the day leads to impulsive choices and overeating.

5. Thou Shalt Not Eat After 7:30pm
When you eat late at night you are more likely to be eating in front of the TV (when you won’t pay attention to how much you’re putting in your mouth) and you’re more likely to pick high-calorie snacks.

6. Thou Shalt Not Pile Food More than 1 Inch High or Within 2 Inches of the Plate Edge
Larger portions equal more calories. ‘Nuff said.

7. Thou Shalt Not Chew Food Less than 20 Times Per Bite
Chewing allows your body to realize that you are eating food, prompting it to create a sensation of fullness at the appropriate time. When you don’t chew enough, you get ahead of that process, eating well past when you are actually satisfied.

8. Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Plate
Spend your day nibbling bites on someone else’s sandwich or afternoon snack, and you will add on 1,000 calories easy.

9. Thou Shalt Not Carry Small Bills
Nothing loves a small bill better than a vending machine. When you have them at the ready, you are one step closer to an impulsive, calorie-loaded afternoon slip up.

10. Thou Shalt Not Eat While Standing Up
Eating sitting down enables you to be aware of what you’re eating and eat it slowly so that your body can tell you your full before it’s too late.

Which one(s) is your downfall? Mine by far is wearing pants that stretch. At some point in my adulthood, I have adopted some bizarre reasoning that I am NOT allowed to wear sweats in public- unless I am very sick and have a cute shirt & hat on to go with it. Don't ask.
That rule does not apply to the home and the SECOND I get in the door, I am in sweats, and loving it. I loathe when we have to go somewhere at night or when we have to wait for a service appointment, because then I keep my nice clothes on. I'm a weirdo, I know this.

Anyway...leave a comment! Tell me what you think!


Bianca T. said...

#10 must have been written just for me- I stand up and eat, especially at dinner! It's such an awful habit that both my husband and I share. Sure there's plenty of space to sit, but I always feel like I'm going to need to jump up from my seat 100 times during dinner anyway, so I might as well just stay in the kitchen. Tonight I will try to sit at the table and eat. Wish me luck!

C said...

Good luck, let us know how you make out tonight!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the rule about the number of legs of the meat. I heard that a while back, and it just makes sense. The less legs the better (or no legs, just fins!!)