One For The Ladies...
By Dino Brunetti
By Dino Brunetti
Ladies, ladies, ladies...you girls are way too hard on yourselves. You watch your calories, have jeans just for days when you feel fat, you have no self forgiveness when it comes to eating something that's not on your "diet", and worst of all you have to put up with us men. I don't know how or why you do it, but I'd like to break a few things down for you.
Let's start with the dreaded calorie. Not all, but I'd be willing to bet most of you (men and women) don't have a clue as to what a calorie is. However you do know that you can't have anything with chocolate in it because it tastes so good that it has to be loaded with calories while at the same time you can eat all the salad you want with a gallon of your favorite dressing simply because it's a proven fact that salad is healthy (for those that don't know me that was my sarcastic font). Generally speaking, women between the ages of 19-30 should take in between 2000-2400 calories per day. If you have a rather sedentary lifestyle you should aim for the low end and if you're fairly active shoot for the middle to high end.
As you know counting calories gets old really fast and I'm not about to confuse you with how to balance your fat/protein/carbohydrate ratios. That will come in due time. The key to calories is to keep them coming. You want to keep feeding your body throughout the day with small healthy meals. Don't run yourself ragged and then sit down at dinner and stuff yourself until you can't move while telling yourself that you still haven't had your 2187 calories for the day. Once you get into the habit of eating six times a day your body will tell you what kind of calorie it needs as well as how much. There are plenty of apps (not appetizers) out there to help you keep track of your caloric intake and after a couple of weeks it becomes second nature to not stop at McDonalds for that big mac and large fry.
"But I read in Women's-Monthly-Shaped-Like-A-Model-Magazine that the hottest diet around is....", I interrupt and say this with no disrespect, but SHUT UP. Yes the magazines are constantly pushing the newest diet trend. The ones that all the skinny celebrities swear by. Yes you may see temporary results with these diets. Do you really want your dinner plate governed by a magazine? These diets tell you the specific foods you can eat and when after a week you realize that your favorite food isn't on there you panic. Naturally you're going to eat your favorite food "once" and then tell your bff that you cheated on your diet which just makes it easier the next time you get that craving again, but because you're on a "diet" you will beat yourself up and only have water and crackers the next two days. By day three you're famished, binge on junk food and go back to the newsstand to see what hot diet the other magazines are offering. Here's a little heads up...look for the magazine with the article about not dieting and just eating healthy in general every day for the rest of your life.