Is Your House Making You Fat?

If you keep choosing cheese curls over biceps curls, your home could have a lot to do with it.

“Your habits are more tied to your environment than you know,” psychologist Jeremy Dean, the author of “Making Habits, Breaking Habits,” said.

Eat enough chips on the couch, for instance, and you’ll automatically associate couch time with chip time. Our routines are so influenced by environmental cues that research shows it’s easier to change our habits in a novel setting.

“We see major shifts in behavior when people move to a new house,” Dean said. But you don’t have to relocate to start anew; you just need to become aware of the subtle cues that say “cake!” and replace them with healthy alternatives.

“The typical person makes about 200 food-related decisions a day, but she believes she makes 25 to 30. And it’s those 175 that you’re not aware of that can push you to eat more,” Brian Wansink, the director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and the author of the upcoming book “Slim by Design,” said. 

Here’s how to help your home help you get (or stay) slender.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/09/18/is-your-home-obesogenic/?intcmp=features#ixzz2fGVMGy69

6,000. Thank you!

Thank you continuing to visit Fat Dad Fit Dad! I just hit the 6,000 visit mark! In less than a year, this has surpassed anything I ever thought was possible.

Folks from all over the world have visited, read, and commented. I truly appreciate this!

Oh, and I’ve kept the 20 pounds off!

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ReFit 42 – the Fitness Foundation by Jim Johnson

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So here’s the basics of ReFit 42. It’s pretty simple, and that’s why it works. Let’s quickly break it down:

1. Goals/Planning – start off by setting small goals. Goals like “I will lose 1 pound/week”. Goals like “I will do a fast food fast – I will not eat any fast food in the next 42 days.”

To really allow Planning to get a foothold in your life, use an app like My Fitness Pal. You’ll be able to plan your meals as well as record what you ate. You can set your weight loss goals there and MFP will help you determine how many calories you should consume. I find this app to be incredibly helpful. You can use it on your smart phone, tablet, or PC. I’m sure there are other tools/apps out there. Research them. Ask friends what they have used. Using an app like MFP will make planning so much easier and keep you on track. Planning helps keep you from cheating.

2. Healthy Eating – fresh is best. Processed is your enemy. My doctor once told me to shop the exterior of the grocery store where all of the fresh food is located. The interior of the store is where boxed dinners are – boxes of danger! Read about the healthy benefits of eating fresh veggies and fruit. Check out the apps Flipboard and Zite. Both apps can be used to find great articles on healthy eating and recipes. Allrecipes.com is a great resource, too. More on this later.

3. Portion Control – guess what? You don’t need as much food as you may think! Portion control is KEY in losing weight. Drink a lot of water. Keep a water bottle at your desk at work. Keep it filled. Avoid soft drinks (especially the sugar-laced ones). When sitting down to a meal, load up on veggies and eat less meat and starchy foods.

4. Exercise – yes, you need to exercise. So do I. But you’re not needing to act like your training for the Hunger Games. If you haven’t exercised for years, you will have to take it slowly. Walk, ride your bike, swim. Don’t start by trying to run a 5 k.

By exercise, I don’t mean walking from your desk to the vending machine at work. Plan to exercise 4 times/week. Just move. Sweat. Breathe. You’ll feel great.

Over the next 6 weeks, I’ll be sharing more about each of these. I’ll share recipes that are easy to prepare and taste great. I’ll share articles I’ve come across that I think will help motivate you and educate you.

Tell a friend what you’re planning to do. Someone who will encourage you along your adventure.

This Fitness Foundation is simple. And it works…if you work it. Just move, change, determine.

You can do this. You have no limits. You can ReFit yourself. Take the next 42 days to prove it to yourself. Doing nothing will only result in no change.

ReFit 42 – a Do-Over to a New You by Jim Johnson

What is ReFit 42?

Maybe you’ve started a fitness program or you had a New Year’s resolution, but now it’s over 6 months later and you’ve not started. Here’s a second chance to start over – to re-fit your goals, your habits, your life.

I’m calling this ReFit 42 for a reason. You can start over. You can do it. And you can begin new habits and a new lifestyle in 6 weeks – just 42 days.

Here’s what won’t happen in 42 days:

You won’t lose 100 pounds
You won’t be running a marathon
You won’t look like a body builder
You won’t be starring opposite your favorite actress/actor

But here’s what WILL happen in 42 days:

You will lose weight. If you follow this simple plan, you can and will lose weight. When I started this, I lose at least 1 pound/week.
You will feel better because you are eating better, exercising, and achieving goals.
You will enjoy a healthy eating lifestyle.
You will see the tools you use (planning apps) as the path to freedom vs. chains.

Others will notice what is happening in you and to you. You’ll hear “wow, you look great! How did you do it?” type of comments. That alone will make you feel great. You will know you can do this and set more goals which you WILL reach.

If you are already living a fit lifestyle, then turn a friend on to this adventure. Be their cheerleader. Help keep them accountable. Share this blog with them.

If this directly speaks to you, join me! I’ll be sharing over the next several days a plan that you can use as your Fitness Foundation. It works if you work it (you’ll read this a lot, because it’s true).

Please note: I am not promoting a diet of any kind. This is about creating new habits in your life – eating habits, exercise habits, planning habits – that will result in a new you. You won’t suddenly become a beach hunk or babe. That’s not my goal in sharing this with you.

Fitness is just as much about healthy choices and creating a better lifestyle than it is about looks. You WILL look better, but that is not my goal here. My goal is to help you and me to become healthier versions of our current selves.

So, if you’re 20, 30, 40, or 50+ (like me), it’s not too late to start to ReFit yourself.

Why start in the middle of the month and not on the 1st? Why not? You’ve waited long enough. It’s time to start. It’s time to change. Mark your calendar. Here we go.

Tell others about this. I would love to read comments on your progress. Be sure to take a photo of yourself now so you can compare it with the you in 42 days.

Yes, you get a do-over. It’s time to ReFit YOU.

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Why not start now? by Jim Johnson

Do you have a friend who wants to lose weight and begin a lifestyle change towards being fit?

- encourage them, don’t judge them
- share resources with them (like this blog!)
- workout with them from time to time

I’m thinking of starting a little project here that would benefit your friend. Stay tuned.

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Why People Regain Weight by Dr. Jennifer Landa

It’s a widely quoted statistic: 95 percent of people regain lost weight. Such a statistic makes you wonder if you should even bother with the workouts and the healthy eating. Before you turn your treadmill into a sanctuary for unfolded laundry and hang-dry only clothing, you should know a few facts about why people regain weight and exactly where that astonishing statistic originated.

The year is 1959 and a small study out of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders concludes that 95 percent of people regain weight within a few months to a year of losing it. The study included only 100 participants and made a catchy headline that rapidly became a centerpiece in the mythology of obesity.

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In 1999, two doctors set out to determine if this discouraging fact was indeed a fact. Dr. Wena Ring and Dr. James O. Hill conducted an analysis of the National Weight Control Registry and quickly identified more 2,000 success stories of weight loss and maintenance. This surprising information spurred them to compile more detailed data and survey the successful dieters. They found that on average, most dieters maintained a loss of 67 pounds for five years and 12 to 14 percent maintained long-term losses of more than 100 pounds – proving that the 95 percent failure rate was poorly founded.

So if success isn’t so futile, then why do so many people regain lost weight?

The wrong mindset

The number one reason people regain weight is the diet mentality. The word “diet” earned its reputation as a four-letter word because it has become associated with a period of deprivation and what some would classify as torture. For many, “diet” means a set span of time during which you must exercise superhuman willpower to resist delicious temptation and overwhelming pains of hunger at the end of which you can finally reward yourself with junk food favorites.

Very few individuals perceive the concept that healthy eating is not finite – it’s a lifelong commitment. Fad diets don’t work, because you can’t sustain that way of eating forever.  Choose a healthy eating plan that incorporates whole, nutritionally balanced foods

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/07/22/why-people-regain-weight/?intcmp=features#ixzz2Znoa1PlB

5 Tips To Overcome Exercise Apathy by Matthew Rowe

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We all know the importance of exercise. From reducing major health risks to boosting mood, vitality and even brain power! Yet the sad fact remains that less that 80% of the developed world achieve the recommended level of exercise every week, with many people still doing no structured exercise at all. Obesity levels continue to rise and cardiac disease remains a major killer in the western world. The fact is we all need to overcome our exercise apathy and make positive steps if we want to live longer and fuller lives. So what tips will help you to get active and stay more consistent?

Aim For Shorter, More Intense Workouts

The most common excuse given for not exercising is lack of time. We all lead busy lives, have demanding jobs and hectic social commitments. But what if you could burn fat, improve your cardiovascular health and feel better with just 4 minutes of exercise a day? Surely we could all manage that.

The fact is that lack of time is no longer a valid excuse for not exercising. As exercise scientists have revealed, shorter more intense workouts can be just as effective, if not more so than longer exercise sessions. In fact some of the world’s leading celebrity personal trainers now recommend short “power workouts” to their clients lasting as little as 4 minutes at a time!

Read the rest here: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/5-tips-to-overcome-exercise-apathy/

Testimonial – Amanda M

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I have worked with Amanda for years, and I have been thrilled by her determination, strength, and success. You will be encouraged as you read her story. The after photo was just now taken (7/16/13 at 5 pm).

Amanda M: “My weight has been an issue for me since my late teens. I started gaining in high school and by graduation was considered overweight. Over the years the pounds just kept adding up due to inactivity and excessive overeating and drinking. I’ve had success losing weight a couple times, both times by tracking calorie intake, but I was on a “diet” and as soon as I lost weight I’d return to my old eating habits and the weight would come back.

My lifestyle was mostly sitting, eating and drinking. I rarely got physical activity and when I did every joint in my body would ache. I was to the point where I would grunt and groan just putting on my underwear in the morning. I couldn’t find any clothes that fit and the embarrassment over my appearance had curbed my social activities and affected my marriage. I knew I had to do something but always had an excuse not to start. It was so easy and comfortable to just eat, drink and be merry and I didn’t want to give up that lifestyle.

Finally, at 37 years old, 5’8” and 224lbs, I saw an announcement at work that they would be starting a Weight Watchers group. We’d be able to attend the meetings at work with people we are comfortable and familiar with. I went to my first meeting and was instantly hooked on the program. It really does work. The Weight Watchers app for my iPhone made it so easy to track my food and activity and made me realize what smart food choices were and what foods to avoid.

I started slowly by experimenting with different foods and substitutions for the things I normally would enjoy. Now I’d much rather reach for some watermelon instead of cake or extra green beans instead of mashed potatoes and gravy. I still eat the foods I love, like steak and shrimp, but I watch my portions, load up on protein, fruits and veggies and season with herbs and spices instead of butter and oil.

One thing I realized pretty early on is that I’d have to cut out alcohol. I love wine. I loved a whole bottle of wine with dinner every night. I had to learn to love a glass of wine on special occasions. A day that ends in d-a-y is not a special occasion.

Once you start to pay attention to the nutritional information you see just how bad the average American diet is for you. You have to pick and choose the right time to indulge. The program I follow allows you to do that and doesn’t restrict you from enjoying those treats you crave.

After I changed my eating habits I started to see results within a few weeks and it inspired me to get active. I dusted off the old treadmill and started walking. Just walking. At first it was 30 minutes a few times a week but over the months I’ve increased the speed and incline and now spend about an hour a day working on cardio. I also mix in some strength and core training a couple times a week. It feels so good to be active. I have energy and strength I never knew I possessed and I can finally keep up with my husband and 10 year old son.

The change in the mirror is unreal. I’m amazed by how different I look and feel and my confidence is through the roof. I can’t count the number of people that have told me they didn’t even recognize me. My own mother in law didn’t know who I was when I saw her out in public the other day. It’s still hard to believe that I don’t have to shop in plus sizes anymore. I can actually go into trendy stores and the clothes fit! But wait, it gets better. I used to have so many health problems…heartburn, stomach upset, insomnia, the list goes on. Since I’ve adjusted my lifestyle all of my health issues have been resolved. I can’t remember the last time I had to take an antacid or was up tossing and turning during all night.

When people ask me “How did you do it?” I always answer “Eat right and exercise. You know everything they tell you to do.” I never say the word diet. Diet implies something you’re “on”. To maintain a large weight loss you need to find a healthy balance of calorie intake and exercise that becomes your daily routine. Setting small goals each week helped me to introduce changes gradually. These were just little goals like drinking enough water or eating vegetables with every meal. When you add these changes together they create a healthy routine. Tracking is extremely helpful to me too. Tracking makes me aware of my food and exercise choices and holds me accountable.

I’ve truly gone through a lifestyle change during this process and I will continue to track my daily food and exercise even after I reach my goal. I’ve lost 65lbs so far and have 15 more to go. It takes perseverance. But just keep at it and you can make these changes, too. It’s all up to you.

Remember, no one can do this for you. You have a choice and are in complete control. The ability to change is within each of us. One day I simply believed I could do it and I did. So can you.

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25 Ways Get 10 Mins Of Fitness Exercise-PT#1

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Fitness experts recommend that you try to exercise 45-60 minutes per day (30 for beginners) in order to maintain a healthy weight and fitness level. The problem for most people is finding that block of time in the midst of a busy schedule.

What you may not know is that you can exercise in increments throughout the day to reach that magic number. Simple little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking a half mile or so from where you need to be, or simply walking around when you talk on your cell phone are all things you can do to become your own personal trainer and knock off those exercise minutes. You’ll be surprised at just how quickly they add up.

You might not think that those little burst of activity would add up to anything as effective as say a yoga or pilates workout, but you would be surprised. Studies have shown that women who broke up their exercise routines into short 10-minute increments were in fact more likely o maintain a regular exercise schedule. Over a 5 month period, those women also averaged a greater weight loss than those that exercised 20-40 minutes.

A study performed by exercise physiologist Glenn Gaesser, PhD at the University of Virginia showed that men and women who were asked to do 15 10-minute exercise routine each week experienced great results. In the space of just three weeks, the participants in the study all displayed an aerobic fitness level that was equal people 10-15 years their junior. The results were even better in terms of strength, muscular endurance and flexibility, where they were better than people 20 years younger.

Another study performed at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore yielded similar results.
Researchers there discovered that a number of short burst exercise session were just as effective at improving health and fitness as a single workout period. What that all adds up to is that people looking to get in shape need to break free of the all-or-nothing exercise mentality.

Another factor that comes into play is the confidence level that people feel when they break up their exercise into smaller chunks. Harold Taylor, owner of Harold Taylor Time Consultants in Toronto, has researched the subject and says that those who skip or miss a workout session end up with feelings of guilt and depression that are never displayed by those who break up the exercise time. Missing a major workout often leads people to feel that they can’t keep up, which in turn lead to them quitting entirely.

The one thing to remember is that the short burst method should be used as a supplement to your workout schedule, as opposed to a complete replacement. Try to employ the method on days when you know you won’t be able to commit the full chunk of time in one sitting. For more help on exercise and fitness, try talking to Ryan George at myhometrainer.com.

- See more at: http://www.slimmerfitterstronger.com/blog/25-ways-get-10-mins-of-fitness-exercise-pt1/#sthash.ozvgl0r8.dpuf