Ah, the weekend. Such promise, such possibility… and usually, the point at which all our healthy eating goes right out of the window.
But let’s make something clear: there are no victims of circumstance when it comes to weekends… or holidays, or social events for that matter. We all have a choice, we just need to decide what’s most important to us.
If losing weight is our priority, we can choose to stick to our routines and try to make healthy food decisions as best we can.
But if being sociable is more important, we can also choose to enjoy life’s little moments in the full knowledge that it might take us longer to reach our health and fitness goals – and that’s OK too.
“Work out for 7 minutes and keep burning fat for up to 72 hours!”
Yeah, right! How many times have we heard that before? Most of us are pretty sceptical when we’re presented with too-good-to-be-true quick fixes, so it came as a huge surprise when an article appeared in the New York Times citing scientific research behind just that: a workout that takes 7 minutes to complete and continues to burn fat for up to 72 hours afterwards. It didn’t take long for the 7-Minute Workout to become the hottest new craze in exercise.
Tim Ferriss’ bestselling book, The 4-Hour Body, focused the author’s hacker-style approach onto all things body-related. Using himself as a guinea pig, he claimed to have discovered the optimum way to lose fat, gain muscle, perfect sleep, have better sex and reverse injuries.
To be honest, I found most of the book (like his other famous title, The 4-Hour Work Week) to be entertaining but forgettable. It felt like one long brag about his achievements, and there wasn’t a lot to take away from either book.
When it comes to losing weight, there are no miracle pills, quick fixes or magical food items that will melt the fat away. But what if there were certain ‘superfoods’ that could give slimmers a little extra boost?
Spring is officially here! I always feel like the world expands during the first sunny days after winter, like I’m a little solar-operated human powering up, ready to take on the world.
But I also start thinking about what will happen when it gets warmer. About going outside without layers of clothes to hide under, or stepping out wearing short sleeves that reveal my flabby arms. I think about really hot weather, and I secretly hope it won’t get too hot this year – even though I love the heat – because I know I’ll get upset about how I look in summer clothes.