Chef Allison Coia's Newsletter, January/February 2009
Diet and Exercise — A Healthy Combination
Another new year, did you resolve to lose weight or get healthy? If so, read on for some tips to help you succeed.
Changing your eating habits and reducing the amount of calories you consume can definitely help your weight-loss efforts. Weight loss will occur any time you eliminate calories without changing your level of activity until you hit the dreaded "plateau." Cutting additional calories at this point may slow down your metabolism and mitigate your chances to lose additional pounds.
On the flip side, beginning an exercise program and eating the same amount of food, will also help you to lose weight. Unfortunately, too many people start an exercise program with the "I can eat whatever I want" mentality. You may be increasing your strength and improving your cardiovascular system, but not losing any weight because you are consuming too many calories.
Creating a healthy diet and incorporating physical activity is the best way to achieve your ideal weight and health goals. Linda Jassmond Lanfear demonstrated this best through her recently published book Journey to Fitness — Chronicles of a Working Woman. In the book, Linda works with her client, Suzanne, to steadily incorporate physical activity into her week while also making small modifications to her diet. Over the course of six months, Suzanne lost 20 pounds, gained strength, stamina, and an enormous amount of confidence. Through this healthy combination of diet and exercise, Suzanne has been able to maintain her new weight and bring happiness to several areas of her life.
Be mindful of how much you eat and start exercising. Make 2009 the year you achieve your health goals.