Don’t Sabotage Your Diet

http://facebook.com/coachlana FREE Food is Not Really FREE. It’s funny this topic has come up a lot in the last couple weeks, so I decided to dedicate a post to it. Is FREE food really FREE? Well, it’s usually not fat free, sugar free, calorie free, and so on. As I walked through Costco every aisle had FREE treats to try. A sample at each aisle would surely put me at about 500+ calories before I walked out the door. Besides calories I would also need to consider what is the quality of these extra calories I’m taking in? Are they whole foods, organic, low sodium, low sugar, hmm? Doubtful!

We are bombarded by free food every day. It’s another hurdle to maneuver when you are trying to clean up your diet. Let’s not forget that our diets are 80% of our weight loss or maintenance success. So, we need to be prepared to fight this battle.

If we are not being accosted by free samples in the store, it’s someone’s birthday at work and there’s free cake, it’s the holidays and the treats are piling up on the corner desk we pass every 10 minutes. It doesn’t stop!

Only we can take control of our appetites and mouth! Put the fork down as an acquaintance of mine would say. Ask yourself, “Is it really worth it?” Just because something is free doesn’t mean we start shoveling it in like we haven’t eaten in weeks.

There are a couple techniques you might want to use that friends have shared with me:

1. Do the math. A pound is 3500 calories. So in order to lose a pound a week you have to be at a 500 calorie deficit every day. That’s either don’t eat it or burn it. To burn 500 calories, the average person would need to do 1 hour of intense cardio exercise. Is the cupcake worth it?

2. Exotic. Is it a treat that you will not be able to have again or for a really long time? If it’s a store bought brownie that you can get any time of the year, drop…

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