Happy Memorial Day weekend! It’s the “official’ beginning of summer and the time when I can wear white shoes without ridicule from my wife.
Summer is also the time of year when folks feel most insecure about their weight. What with pool parties, beach trips, and the like, commonplace.
So here’s a quick reminder when you’re trying to lose a few or maintain where you are:
Weight loss and maintenance is 80% diet, 20% exercise.
Exercise is great! It burns calories, lessens stress, and strengthens the body. But it doesn’t do much for our weight compared to what we put in our mouths. Consider:
- 30 minutes of walking at a brisk pace burns 200 calories. You can erase that with 3 Chips Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies. A 16 ounce Coca-Cola will cancel your walk too.
- 3 miles jogging at 10 min/mile pace will burn about 350 calories. One regular slice of pepperoni pizza undoes that workout. As does a hot dog with ketchup and mustard.
Remember to keep working out. Just remember, don’t exercise to “earn” bad foods. Exercise because it feels good. And eat smartly at this weekend’s cookout. Two hot dogs max…