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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Jack up your body

I've been reading a lot lately. Not lengthy sci-fi or romance novels, but health books. I love learning and reading about health and fitness. There I said it. Growing up my mom has been the biggest example for good fitness. Ever since I can remember she has been a jogger. She'd go out every morning with our dog (in our old house) and neighbor. When we moved she got a new running companion and would run 6 miles everyday. During the summer I'd often go with her. Not jogging, of course, I could never keep up, but I'd ride my bike alongside them. I've danced since i was little and I've also done gymnastics and cheer. In High School I would get up before school, work out, then dance after school for a few hours. My mom has collected many videos and tapes and I've tried all of them. I've done Tae-Bo, aerobics, step aerobics, Jane Fonda, running, P90X...etc, etc. I love trying new things and trying all different types of excercise. It fascinates me! Currently I'm on a Jillian Michaels kick. I love "The Biggest Loser" and I've tried her DVD's. I recently read her book "Master Your Metabolism." She says that you can lose weight and keep it off by eating organic whole foods and by eating every 4 hours. (Lot's of information removed)

During Summer break once I read in a magazine to eat every 3-4 hours. Doing so would keep your metabolism up therefore; keeping the weight off. I've done that for years and it's worked pretty well, allowing me to eat almost anything without repercussion. In the last year or two I've been eating every two hours mostly due to my work schedule. I've found that it's had the same effect as eating every 3. So, Jillian says eat every 4. I've been doing that for a few weeks and to be honest, it's been kind of hard because I'm not used to being hungry. Waiting 4 hours seems like a long time to me.

I've read about 7 other diet books in the last month, each written by celebrity trainers and each book says something different. Why does this have to be so confusing?! Doesn't anyone know what we're supposed to eat or how often? No meat, no dairy, no canned, high protein, low carb, no fruit, no carb...does it ever end? How am I supposed to know what's best for me when everyone seems to have a different idea! I'm even more lost and confused then before. It's true that diet and excercise are the key to staying in shape. I'm a pretty self-motivated person and can follow a plan to a "T" if I choose to, I just want to know what is best for me and my body. Is that so much to ask?

I read something interested today that started this ranting. The Top 10 Diets That Work  The Daily Beast have searched through clinical studies and attempted to rank the diets according to amount of weight lost over 6-12 months, and retention rate.

Here are the top 10:

2.American Heart Association Low-Fat Diet
4.Mediterranean Diet
5.Weight Watchers
7.Jenny Craig
8.Ornish Diet
9.LEARN Diet
10.Zone Diet
Check out the full details and background info at the Daily Beast.
Interesting stuff I tell ya. Who'd have thought? Please tell me your thoughts on all of this. What diets have you tried? What's worked for you? What do you read or who do you follow for your health and fitness advice? Do Tell.


Tara Jayne said...

Tea, first of all I'm glad you follow your own blog. Second, for a possible explanation of why dieting is so confusing, I suggest reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan. If you had kept the book club going, you would have read it by now.

The Diabetic Diet said...

Hey girl!
so I too have studied, read, tried, and done every diet for the diabetes. or so i feel like! haha, but what i've come down to are 3 basic things that you can do for the rest of your life. they say if it's a diet that only lasts months, then get rid of it, because it's not a life-long change that will keep you healthy for as long as you live.
1. 6 small meals a day, portion control
2. 3 servings of veggies, 2 servings of fruit, and whole wheat everyting.
3. exercise.

treats, well lets face it, no body on this earth can live out having a treat every now and again, but the most important thing is if you control your portions.
anyways, you always sound like your on track, just keep it up and you'll do great!!
and also, thanks again for the smoothie idea, i loved it and already posted it:)

Lindsay said...

That's awesome! I love it! I wish it were easier to eat whole foods all the time. Whenever I try, it lasts for a week or two and then it becomes so expensive and all my veggies go rotten too fast...I need to figure out a better plan for that one! Thanks for the motivation!

Jessica said...

Now that you've read all of those diet books, I really recommend reading "Intuitive Eating." I don't remember who it's by but I don't think you'll have trouble finding it by the title, let me know if you do. But it was recommended to me by my good friend who is a nutritionist and exercise physiologist. It explains the differences from all the top diets out there and what really works (which is listening to your body). Sounds pretty yoga/granola, I know, but give it a chance, it really makes sense and I LOVE intuitive eating.

Ashley Bybee Stepp said...

Xan and I take a very naturalistic way to eating. We don't care much for organics but we try to avoid preservatives by making most of our food from scratch. No more frozen dinners and pre-made foods. We also eat like our ancestors did, so to speak. We use whole milk, real butter, and leave the fat on the meats (like the skin and such). Your body needs some fats and sugars. What better way to get them than naturally. The other thing that Xan and I have observed is that these diets and health statements are simply trends. They get turned around all the time and as you've found, everyone has something different to say and new trends to set.

SaRah G. said...

WOW!!! Such good information!! I loved it! I love learning about all that kind of stuff too. I think that's why I loved my nutrition classes in college. I guess my piece to add to all the other pieces is moderation in all things... dumb i know... but oh so true!


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