Christmas Containers and Portion Control over the Holidays!

Everyone is looking forward to the holidays, where treats and dessert are abundant. One of the most enjoyable parts of the holidays are eating food with friends and family and drinking merrily. Unfortunately, the holidays are usually filled with eating treats that are high in fat and calories and this can lead to a lot of weight gain which may be destroying your health efforts if you are not careful.

Therefore, we highly recommend investing in some portion control containers to help monitor your weight loss over the holidays.  One of the most popular fitness and health programs of 2015 is called the 21 day fix and this weight loss program combines both diet plan and exercise to help you lose weight.  The key component of the program is the 21 day fix color containers which you use to track how many calories you are consuming each day.  Depending on your caloric and weight loss goals, you’ll be stuck in some sort of calorie bracket which may be able to help you lose up to 2 pounds a week if you track the calories accordingly.

Each container stands for a different food group. Yellow is for carbohydrates and can be filled with a different foods like oatmeal, brown rice, and so forth.  This diet is pretty cool because you don’t need to count calories one by one and look at the labels of each and every food item you are eating. Rather, you just order some containers that are designed for this program and eat according to a calorie bracket to make sure you don’t overeat throughout the day.

I also think you need to be enjoying the holidays and indulge a bit so you don’t feel ripped off during the holidays.  If you are going to eat junk food or fast food at least one time a year, you might as well eat as you like during holidays because the rest of the year you will be worrying about losing weight and calorie intake. The containers are also a fun way to track your dietary intake and makes it easy for quick breakfasts or lunches to grab on the go.  You can use the original containers which are different colors according to the food group. Usually you will be eating more purple and green containers which stand for fruits and vegetables.  If you are planning your meals in advance, you’ll be eating a lot of fruits like pears, apples and other fruits that are healthy for you but low in sugar. You simply need to cut the fruits in advance and store them in the containers for later use.

 

Weight Loss and New Year’s Resolutions

Okay so I know the last time I posted I was talking about the military diet and how my mom said I had to start it to stop looking like Porky Pig. Well, I listened to her.  I’ve been taking them for the week now and have lost 6 lbs in 7 days. Not too shabby.  Christmas is coming up real soon and I’m hoping to stay on track so I don’t gain a whole lot back after the big dinners I plan to consume.

So in addition to taking the diet pills, I’ve visited the military diet website to try and get some extra health and diet tips and have been eating less and feeling less hungry ever since taking the pills.

But I’m also trying to fast track my weight loss by eating a more lean and healthy diet.

This morning I started the military diet plan which basically means i can only eat whole wheat bread, eggs and some grapefruit for breakfast.  It’s super boring and plain but it’s a diet so i can’t exactly cry that i’m not eating fried chicken and pizza all week.

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Lunch is a piece of toast and tuna with black coffee. Dinner is a bunch of water, green beans and chicken. Also a few pieces of fruit in addition to a half cup of vanilla icecream.  The military diet seems strict and it is but it will offer you a quick short term weight loss if you need it.  Various 3 day military diet reviews boast that this diet is a great kick start to your health and weight loss goals.

I’ve been so hungry all day but a touch of hunger never hurt any body.  I also did eat a huge tub of ice cream yesterday so I’m not exactly famished on account of having been healthy.

Spent most of the day watching net flix but am determined to get a bunch of workouts in over the next week.  I’ve got basketball practice tomorrow and my buds and I are gonna throw a football around this week too.  Not much else is planned but I encourage you guys to WRITE A LIST of what you are eating. Otherwise you will eat too many calories and you need to try to eat less calories to burn more fat.  That’s my advice anyways.  Well, try to get a kick start to your new years resolution and go hard this year!

All you need to remember is how important it is to workout and work hard. Don’t forget to do regular exercise and not do to any short term diets for longer than a few days at a time each month.  Long term weight loss requires long term effort. You can’t workout once or twice and expect to see crazy results. Commit to your workouts. Commit to eating healthy. Wake up every morning 40 minutes early and you will not regret it.

Trying Not To Gain Weight Abroad or on Holiday

Everytime I go on holiday, I gain weight. Every SINGLE TIME! I don’t know what it is.  I will exercise religiously, workout like I’m training to be in the movie 300.  This could go on for months and months. But the day I depart for my holiday abroad or even a weekend trip, the moment I step into the airport, I’m running into the nearest kiosk to stuff my backpack full of wine gums and chocolate bars like it’s the zombie Apocalypse.  It’s amazing.  I’ll be on the airplane, halfway through my bag of peanut M&M’s and downing a 2L bottle of Coke before I bug the flight attendant asking him or her when dinner will be served.

At this point, I have probably been “on the road” for under 3 hours and have already eaten 4 meals worth of food.  Incredible.  That’s not even starting my vacation.  I have about 4 beers on the plane and by the time I’m AT my destination, I’m sure I’ve put on 5 lbs minimum.

Then we hit the hotel and first thing we do is run to the grocery store before the shops shut. We stock up on beer and wine, chips, coca cola, candy, beef jerky.  I don’t think we even glance at the fruit aisle “oh we’re on holiday!” we shout.  By the time we get to the beach the next morning, we’ve got huge guts.  What a joke!

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Well, this time I brought a secret weapon with me to Amsterdam.  Granted, I’m not on a beach and it’s the winter.  But still, that mindset of mine is BINGE BINGE HOLIDAY TRY NEW FOODS and it’s a mindset that HAS to go! I don’t want to be fat by Christmas. I’m hoping to meet a beautiful lady after all.  You can’t expect to date a 10 if you’re barely a 5.  That’s just math. right? lol.  So going back to my secret weapon.  My mom packed several pink bottles of some diet pills in my bag. At first I was like “Geez, thanks mom” and she said “Henry, listen. You know what you do on holiday. You go a little wild, a little crazy and you eat a heck of a lot of junk food and always come back for Christmas looking like Santa Clause”.  OUCH mom.  But dude, she had a point.  So I glanced at the bottles and she said they are called skinny fiber and have some ingredients that will help me have more self-control when I’m eating. This skinny fiber fitness website says that the pills work like sponges.  In that they expand real big in your stomach so you are left full after one plate of dinner for example.  I looked on the weight loss website for more skinny fiber and saw a lot of people who have lost a significant amount of weight while using these diet pills. I don’t need to lose weight right now but I DO need and want to maintain.  There weren’t any side effects except having to go to the bathroom more often and they say if you drink a lot of water you shouldn’t have any problems.  Basically, I’m going to trust my mom on this one and take the pills with me.  Here’s hoping I don’t gain weight and can control myself at the airport!

You’re arrived at Exercise and Art! Welcome!

Thanks for coming to our website! Some people may wonder, what on Earth does Exercise and Art have to do with one another?

I say, many things! Or maybe just cause they are two of my favorite hobbies!

But both art and exercise are forms of expression.  Art you put it on the paper or you sculpt it, you sing it and act it out.  Exercise you express your emotions, you work hard and exercise harder when you are angry or happy. You dance and dance vigorously, expressing your body with many different moves and routines.

It’s a beautiful thing!

I’m going to study Art History Abroad in Holland for one semester even though I am from the United States.  Hoping to learn a lot and practice my Dutch.  Also the bike riding scene is amazing there so I’ll get my exercise in!  Enjoy my blog! 🙂biking-and-exercising