We're required to drink at least 64 oz a day with a goal of 100+. Another person that is on the MRC diet dr. told her that as a good rule of thumb, you need to drink at least as much water as whatever the outside temperature is that particular day.
My stomach cannot handle anywhere close to a gallon of any liquid in a day. It feels like it's all going to come up. In response, I sit and don't move until I feel better, which can be hours later. (So much for being active, right?) Pre-colonoscopy day is NOT fun for anyone in my family.
Oh yeah, I remember reading an article about it and I've found it now:
Consider that first commandment of good health: Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. This unquestioned rule is itself a question mark. Most nutritionists have no idea where it comes from. "I can't even tell you that," says Barbara Rolls, a nutrition researcher at Pennsylvania State University, "and I've written a book on water."
Kidney specialists do agree on one thing, however: that the 8-by-8 rule is a gross overestimate of any required minimum. To replace daily losses of water, an average-sized adult with healthy kidneys sitting in a temperate climate needs no more than one liter of fluid, according to Jurgen Schnermann, a kidney physiologist at the National Institutes of Health.
One liter is the equivalent of about four 8-ounce glasses. According to most estimates, that's roughly the amount of water most Americans get in solid food. In short, though doctors don't recommend it, many of us could cover our bare-minimum daily water needs without drinking anything during the day.
Yo-yo dieting can cause this, btw. Which is one reason why people who go on big diets (not losing 5 pounds so your clothes fit better) often find themselves getting heavier and heavier instead of thinner and thinner.
Every time you say something stupid on the internet, Tim Berners-Lee punches a kitten.
I have no advice wrt diet, but in terms of exercise, it seems you prefer to exercise outdoors. While that may be harder to do in the winter, you may have to adjust your thinking when it comes to exercise. For me, I have never "looked forward" to a workout--I just do it. Just like work (who wants to do that?). Maybe you could frame working out in the winter as a means of preparing for your summer outdoor activities (whatever those may be).
I am a big proponent of group exercises, like cardio kickbox, step and indoor cycling.
If you have a regular exercise plan, you will adjust your diet to ensure that you can optimally work out (try working out after pigging out--it sucks!). Just don't make excuses for not working out.
Gaz - my advice is that if you're worried enough to consider a short term diet like Slim Fast (or anything else short term), it's time to see your doctor, a nutritionist/dietician and maybe also a personal trainer. Really, everyone is unique and no one method works for everyone either for losing weight, maintaining weight, putting weight or generally being healthy. You need to investigate long term options for overall health (not just weight).
Personally, my biggest problem is that sometimes I just like EATING whether I am hungry or not. (That's why I need to keep my mind occupied in the afternoon.) I also find that my love of eating comes in waves. Some weeks, I don't have much of an appetite or feel the need for eating in between meals. Other weeks, I could seriously consider strapping on a feed bag.
Roll Tide, y'all!
Getting on my bike and riding on the rec trail is free. So I have the same problem with exercise in the winter.
You can make all sorts of excuses to not exercise in bad weather--but you can buy DVDs and do them at home. If you have a 4x4 space in front of the TV, it's possible...I've done it.
I agree with Veronika. I've bought DVD's from Target/Walmart and borrowed from Netflix. My favorite ones are Billy Blank's Tae Bo and the Firm's. Add a couple of dumbbells (around $5-12 each) and you've got a killer work out! Lost almost 20 lbs doing that because I couldn't afford to go to the gym and even if I did the $$, I don't have babysitters. It can be done!
Nor do I have a 4'x4' space. There is not that much free space anywhere in my residence.
Life is not that easy for some of us right now. It's not an excuse. It's just reality. And I didn't say I don't do anything all winter. I was just pointing out that it is more difficult for people who have limited funds and live in small spaces when you cannot get outside due to weather.
You might want to look up Leslie Sansone's walking system--it's basically walking/marching in place. You can also run in place (or do intervals) and add weights. It takes little space, and you can watch TV while you are doing it.
To give you an idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_5jioGx8wI
There's also the prison workout. Just an example:
From personal experience, the burpee by itself if more than enough for a workout. But also from person experience, going to a class or hiking just feels easier even if you're are burning the same amount of calories. I think there is a mental/emotional component to exercising that is hard to explain or calculate. But I bet, for most people, they can do more sets if they're outdoors than if they're at home.
FYI, I found also some nice yoga classes on youtube. I personally would not use them or even a DVD unless you have previous yoga experience. With yoga, correct posture and alignment is everything and you really need an instructor who can correct you.
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I have a friend who runs in any kind of weather. The only exception is an ice storm. And I'm pretty sure he at least tried it.
So when I whine about the weather being bad and I "can't run," I remind myself of him. And then drag my butt outside. Or I did. Now I joined a gym that I can walk to; of course, now I have to walk over there in any kind of weather.
Is there an office building with lots of stairs that you can use, perhaps before or after work? If so, this could l give you a good work out, without having to go outside when its cold.
Do jumping jack, squat trusts, sit ups, squats, push ups...all free.
I have had NO luck with trying to lose some weight/volume the last few years (yeah, gotta love 40+) until I started WW this summer. I find the points system a lot easier to follow than calories (it's just EASIER!), and they also have the "Good Health Guidelines," which have encouraged me to eat a fair amount more veggies and take in more fluids. I find that my eating hasn't really changed that much. I always ate healthily, rarely drank, rarely splurged on goodies, but I've limited cheese, nuts, fatty meats, and starchy stuff (bread, pasta) and it's helped a lot. The eating more veggies has definitely helped to keep me satisfied (a lot of veggies do not have any "points" toward your daily/weekly totals).
Oh, and I second someone else's recommendation for weight or resistance training. If you don't have access to weights, you can use a stretchy band (easy to find at stores), or if you're really desperate a bungee cord would probably do. I figured this was one way to get back some of the lean tissue that the body naturally starts to lose after age 35, and I have indeed peeled off an inch here, an inch there. Plus I'm back to bench pressing what I used to press as a very strong 12-year-old gymnast
LilJen is right too - libraries often have exercise DVDs you can check out for free.