Look Great This Summer
If you’re like most people, it’s easy to put on a few extra pounds over the winter. We tend to be less active during the winter months. And the holiday season brings round after round of tempting treats. Come spring, last year’s swimsuit may be just a bit tight.
Don’t panic. You don’t need a juice fast, a crash diet or a gym membership. Dropping a few pounds can be fast and easy. In fact, it can be almost as easy as it was gaining those few pounds in the first place.
To gain a pound, you have to eat 3,500 calories more than you burn off. That may sound like a lot, but it’s not. Take in just 50 extra calories a day and you’ll pack on 5 pounds in a year.
And it’s easy to get 50 extra calories. That’s half a bottle of light beer… less than an ounce of sirloin steak… or a half-cup of apple juice.
Cutting out those 50 calories is just as easy. You can probably drink a half-cup of water instead of a half-cup of apple juice, right? If you’re gaining weight at the rate of 5 pounds a year, that stops the weight gain right there.
To reverse the weight gain, just double your savings. For example, cut out a cup of apple juice in favor of water. That one simple swap will have you trimming of five pounds per year.
You bet! But you probably want to drop those 5 pounds a little faster. And it might be nice to tone up a bit, too. No problem. You can double the effect by adding just a little bit of exercise to your day.
For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you’ll burn off 50 calories with 15 minutes of Tai chi, bowling or easy walking (2 mph). Just 10 minutes of bicycling or golf (no cart or caddy) has the same effect. Or burn those calories off by playing basketball or tennis for just 5 minutes.
And if you’re really pressed for time, jump rope. You’ll lose 50 calories in just 3-½ minutes.
If you weigh more than 160 pounds, you’ll burn the calories even faster. And you certainly don’t have to “exercise” to get the benefit, either.
Do you enjoy dancing? A half-hour of waltzing will get rid of 100 calories. Switch to a cha-cha, jitterbug or more modern, active step, and you’ll burn calories at twice the rate.
Gardening and yard work burn calories quickly, too. Spend 20 minutes at either, and you’ll drop 100 calories. And here’s an easy way to get “brownie points” with your spouse…
Tell them you’ll take care of sweeping the floors or vacuuming this week. 25 minutes of floor time will net you another 100-calorie loss.
Or let them clean the floors and play a little hide-and-seek with your kids or grandkids. In just 20 minutes, you’ll be 100 calories lighter.
See how quickly it all adds up? 50 calories here… 100 calories there… and in a couple of months, it can add up to pounds.
If you’re concerned about willpower – or you’d like a little boost to get you started – try the natural appetite suppressant, Hoodia. It’s much easier to say “no thanks” to a tempting dish of ice cream if you’re simply not hungry.
Finally, here’s a sample list of foods and the portions that add up to 50 calories or so. As you can see, it doesn’t take much effort to trim 50 calories.
|Bread (white or wheat)||1 slice||69|
|Baked potato||½, medium||80|
|Apple juice||4 oz.||57|
|Cola||6 oz. (½-can)||68|
|Light beer||6 oz.||52|
|Distilled alcoholic drinks||1 oz.||64|
|Sirloin steak||1 oz.||68|
|Hot dog||½ hot dog||84|
|Ice cream (chocolate)||¼-cup||72|
|Chocolate bar (1.5 oz.)||¼ bar||55|
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team