December 14, 2008

2009 Resolution Number 1...

Dieting Rules

I have been reading and trying to follow these rules thousands time already but nevetheless am failed to comply to it. End up, i'm putting more and more- extra kg.. :)-. But i PROMISE, for this round, I'LL FOLLOW these rules faithfully and get into the desired shape before mid-year 2009.

1. MOVE! Make time for activity every day. You don’t have to join a gym or be a body builder, but you do have to move. Start your engine at least once a day, and take it out on the road for a minimum of 25 minutes. It can be as simple as getting out of your home and walking down the street. You can put on a radio and dance around your kitchen! However, the best predictor of permanent weight loss is exercise. I do it. You can too. Get a pedometer -- I highly recommend it as a motivational tool. It shows you how many steps you’ve taken that day, and it’s a constant but gentle reminder to stay active. You may want to begin some light weight training -- as you lose weight you’ll have more energy. Lean muscle mass helps master weight managers to maintain their weight.

2. CHOOSE! Choose fiber, the "secret" ingredient that master weight managers use. Choose a piece of whole fruit over juice; choose whole-grain bread instead of white; choose high-fiber cereal instead of refined, sugared cereal. High-fiber foods make you fuller, take longer to digest and cause a slow, gradual rise in blood sugar.

3. LOWER FAT! See, I didn’t say "No Fat." Fat tastes good, and you need a certain amount of fat in your diet daily. However, not all fat is equal! Fat is quickly stored in your fat cells, and contains more than double the calories of protein and carbohydrates, so choose wisely. Diets higher in saturated fat and trans fat (hydrogenated oils found especially in margarine, crackers, cookies and fried fast food) are associated with an increase in heart disease and stroke. Resolve to avoid fried foods, especially those from restaurants, which are usually made with trans fat. Bake, broil, grill, steam, sauté in a nonstick pan, poach or stir-fry.

4. BALANCE! Balance your diet; never exclude any one nutrient in favor of another. All foods fit into a healthy diet -- it’s the portion size and preparation method that counts. Don’t eat the same foods day after day, resolve to try different fruits and vegetables. Make each week a new opportunity to taste a fruit that you have never tried before, or one you’ve not had in a long time. Try a kiwi, persimmon, mango; some of these fruits and vegetables are powerful packages of nutrition, much more nutritious than the typical apple, pear or orange.

5. PLAN! Change isn’t easy, but when you have the foods and ingredients right at hand, then you’re more likely to eat those healthy foods. Especially in the beginning, resolve to print out your weekly menu and shopping list so you can shop for your ingredients. Shopping with a list is a great strategy for sticking to your program and saving time.

Hehehe.. Jom K'Long & Che Nie.. we need to wear kebaya during Makdik's wedding.. (when? --- God knows!) Ha ha ha.

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