Weighty Matters

riding bike in central parkI’ve struggled with maintaining a healthy weight since I was a teenager, so I’ve been an avid reader of all kinds of material related to diet and exercise and weight loss.  Research is constantly unearthing new things about how our genes, activity, environment and food consumption impact our weight.  How to keep up with it all?  I’ve found a blog that offers a short, daily post with good, thought-provoking information about diet and nutrition. It’s called Weighty Matters and is authored by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. 

I’ve been reading Dr. Freedhoff’s blog ever since and here are just five of the many interesting things I’ve learned in recent weeks.

dave and marylou on the red river1) While exercise can make you a whole lot healthier physically, emotionally and mentally it doesn’t really help you lose weight. 

2) Fruits and vegetables aren’t equals. Fruits have way more calories, but are still a far better food choice than many other things.

3) Low calorie sweeteners have gotten a bad rap but in the end they are probably healthier for you than always eating the real thing. 

Enjoying grilled chicken, grilled vegetables and lavish bread in an outdoor cafe

Enjoying grilled chicken, grilled vegetables and lavish bread in an outdoor cafe in Lviv Ukraine

4) There are many different ways to lose weight and what works for one person doesn’t work for another. BUT the only way to be truly successful  and maintain your weight loss is if you LIKE AND ENJOY the lifestyle and diet you use to lose weight ENOUGH so that you can keep on living that way forever. 

5) Environmental changes can make a difference.  A chain of British supermarkets has removed all candy from their checkout lanes. Loblaws in Canada is experimenting with this as well and Indigo Books has removed all candy from checkout areas. ( I have a weakness for buying M&M’s in the checkout line)

Other posts about diet and exercise……

Super Foods

Beet Leaves

Food Rules

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