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Fitness with Neal

It’s Fall and You Still Look the Same

It’s January, you got your mind set on achieving your New Year’s resolution of losing some pounds and inches by the end of the year. You went out and got a new gym membership or picked up some equipment for your basement, bought new workout clothes that match your new Nikes, planned out all your workouts and you are ready to go.

Fast forward to October, and you still look the same.

Work got busier, the bills got higher, homework and papers started to become overwhelming and you must pass the next test in order to pass. We have ALL been there. Taking care of ourselves is sometimes the last thing we think of when life gets in the way. But hey there are simple ways in which you can make healthier choices this fall while trying to figure out what steps to take toward a healthier lifestyle.

1. Portion control: To some people, its quantity over quality. Those Chinese buffets we love so much are not going to help you get where you want to be. Am I saying you can’t go to buffets? No, but usually with that much food accessible, it is very hard to control not only how much we eat, but the urge to eat until we are “stuffed” to feel like we got our money’s worth. Instead, try to prioritize quality over quantity. It’s easy to find the nutritional facts on most foods. With a little research, we can get an idea of just how much we are consuming and know our limits. The best way to really know what you’re eating and how much you’re consuming is to meal prep and bring out your inner Bobby Flay. The internet is a magical tool to learn easy recipes that are relatively cheap and a healthier choice for you.

2. Eat more often: Let me explain. Eating more often will actually help reboot your metabolism to work harder to digest and use the nutrition where it is needed. If we eat breakfast at 9 a.m. and don’t eat until dinner time around 6 or 7 p.m., we are most likely going to be starving which causes over-eating. Instead of a normal 3 big meals throughout our day, if we eat 5–6 smaller meals throughout the day, it will keep our metabolism firing which means our body will work more efficiently. When I say smaller meals, I don’t mean a cheeseburger and fries.

Neal Henderson