When springtime rolls around, colorful fashions in store windows always remind us that it is time to shed those layers of clothing. Does the thought of peeling off your cardigan put you in a panic?
As friends and neighbors come out of hibernation, we run into people in shops, on the street, at Little League. There is inevitably talk of how we feel and look. We hear about diet successes, and failures. Weight loss programs promising quick results dictate how we shop for groceries and order our meals in restaurants. Which is best: Low carb or low fat? Can we really live on grapefruit? It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin.
Starvation, deprivation and celery-only diets are not the answer.
Exercise combined with a balanced diet is the key to long term health and weight control. Meeting all of your body’s nutrition requirements without overeating keeps your weight stable. Exercise works, so work it. It speeds up your metabolism (the speed with which your body uses energy). Burn calories while you are in motion, and keep burning calories long after you put your walking shoes back in the closet. Results come with consistency.
Put some air in the bike tires, or wear comfortable sneakers and explore your neighborhood on a brisk walk. On the way home stop by the market to pick up lots of fruits and veggies and enjoy them in abundance.