Monday, November 8, 2010

Is it too early to start counting...?

Counting the days until next Spring and Summer, that is.

I'm feeling a bit dead today, so I thought I'd share this bit of wisdom that I received in my inbox today:

Get Slimmer with This No-Guilt Diet
By RealAge 
The next time a double-fudge brownie indulgence has you racked with guilt, remember this: Guilt just guarantees that brownie will go straight to your belly.
How? By causing you to ditch healthy eating completely. A recent study revealed that feeling bad for backsliding may cause people to abandon weight loss efforts altogether. So tell that self-imposed guilt trip to hit the road. Just forgive yourself and move on.
Hello, Mr. Guilt-Free
In the recent study, researchers examined differing food attitudes and their impact on body composition. And the women in the study who were "guilt-ridden dieters" had a higher body mass index (BMI) than the women who tended not to be racked by guilt over occasional slips. This led researchers to suspect that guilt-ridden people adopt an "all-or-nothing" attitude with dieting. One misstep can lead to complete abandonment of their healthy-eating plans.
Busy, Impulsive, and Overweight
The researchers also singled out two other study groups that often had higher BMIs and body fat percentages: women too busy to cook and "impulsive eaters" -- people who don't pay close attention to what and how much they eat and use food to cope with stress, boredom, or negative emotions. Bottom line: Our food attitudes can have a pretty complicated impact on our weight and health. The study group that fared best? Women who tended to be focused on nutrition. So the take-home message here: Keep your eye on high-nutrition, high-fiber meals but be more tolerant of yourself. If you give in to an occasional junk food craving, don't beat yourself up too much. (source)

It was definitely a well-timed bit of wisdom from RealAge, because I was feeling pretty awful about my eating and lack of exercise this weekend. It just helped me remember that life happens sometimes, and I can't always have a super clean diet.