Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Brown Rice Diet

Oh yeah, that was another one I tried back in the late '70s. I'd gained about 100 pounds with my first daughter (at that point, she was maybe 17 months old - 1977). I remember this one because it involved food I hated with a passion ... rice. Brown rice at that. I also remember it because it wasn't long after (a couple of months) I started it that I had to quit it because I'd discovered I was expecting my second child. The doctor insisted I eat normally.

Although I hated the diet, I was desperate to get rid of that 100 pounds, and it was working (I'd lost about 40 pounds in 2 months). But rice alone wouldn't provide enough nutrients for a growing baby.

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Amazing Banana is Magic!

A blue two-handled basket with a variety of fruits like bananas, oranges, pears, grapes, etc.
Actually, no it isn't. While bananas are a good addition to your overall food plan (they contain potassium, and some fiber, Vitamin A, C, B6, and magnesium, but they also contain sugars) they wouldn't be good as your only food source (unless you're stuck on a deserted island that only has banana trees ... better bananas than starvation, right?).

This is where we talk about the "diet" ... the "Banana and Skim Milk" diet. Oh yeah, there was such a thing and in fact, it can still be found today all over the web. On it's own, it isn't a healthy diet plan for long-term use. But does it work? Yep, sure it does if you stick to it. Why wouldn't it? It reduces your calorie intake, like ANY working diet plan, but it is so not fun, not even if you love bananas. At the end of it, you will not only not love bananas any longer, you'll hate them. Hate the sight of them. At least for a while.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Exercise Makes You Fat?

Depending on "who" you read, yes ... and no.

  • There's lots of articles out there that contradict each other: 
  • exercise isn't good for you, can make you fatter, can cause you to eat more
  • exercise makes you burn fat, so exercise more
  • exercise makes you eat more, so exercise less
  • do this cardio exercise and you'll burn the most fat
  • building muscle helps you lose fat, so lift weights
  • jog 5 miles a day and you're guaranteed to lose weight
  • don't jog it's bad for your joints
  • walk at a moderate pace for 30 minutes a day
  • workout 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time
  • workout 7 days a week for an hour each time, sweating til you drop