Weight loss through hiking, Part 1

Here's the secret formulat: Eat less, exercise more.

This is the first part of my personal tips and tricks for losing weight. I have no interest in odd diets or nutrional supplements or pills and potions, I prefer to just follow good old common sense. I have trouble abiding by these rules, but I'd have even more trouble abiding by something that wasn't natural for me. On the other hand, you might have no problem meticulously measuring out 3.2 ounces of lean meat and .349 ounces of brocolli. In that case, do that instead.

As for me, I try to eat a balanced diet with the proper amounts of fats, proteins, carbs, and vitamins and other nutrients. I would avoid something that involves overemphasizing any one of those at the expense of the others. That means I don't cut fat out of my diet, but at the same time I reduce my overall consumption of fat. Pound per pound, fat has twice as many calories as protein or carbs.

I like cookies, but I try to get the low calorie kind, and I try to eat less of them. However, many cookies contain trans fats, which are not only bad for you they're actually an unnecessary food ingredient which are supposedly used to add texture. I haven't noticed any difference between items with and without that. Given the choice, I'd take something without trans fats even if it's somewhat higher in cals than an alternative with any in it.

Some health food products are occasionally even available in discount stores, such as the Health Valley products. A more expensive alternative are the newer kind of fat-free Fig Newtons, which are quite low in cals as cookies go.

I also like chips, and I try to buy fat-free pretzels instead of potato or corn chips. The former are comparatively low in cals, the latter (except for the baked or Olestra kinds) have tons of fat and thus are high in kcals. Alternatively, consider carrot sticks or the like. You apparently can't overdose on Vitamin A as long as you obtain that from vegetables and not from pills. Although, you might get a nice warm orange glow.

I drink non-fat milk, not the whole or skim milk variety. I try to buy a certain brand of yogurt (Ralph's store brand) that's low in cals and has added protein. It's also available two to the dollar. If you drink coffee or tea, learn to like it unsweetened or just lightly sweetened.

I try to remove the skin from chicken, I don't overdo it on the cooking oil, and I try to avoid deep-fat fried foods.

Stay away from the junk foods and avoid late-night snacking. All fast food restaurants have food guides, although most of the workers at them will have no idea what you're talking about so check the nutrition guides at their websites instead: McDonald's, Burger King, Del Taco, Carl's Jr, Arby's, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, KFC.

[Disclaimer: I'm not a nutritionist or any kind of a medical professional, and this post isn't provided as medical or nutritional advice. Check with your doctor before beginning a diet.]

Next time, we'll get to the exercise part.


United States
May 6, 2006 – 9:43pm