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?
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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.