A few weeks ago I jokingly said that if animals gain weight to survive the winter, well maybe we should too. I was trying to worm my way out of my current diet and postpone weight loss until the spring.
This past week, I got some cold hard facts about cold weather and weight gain from Tom Venuto, a fat-loss expert, nutrition researcher, and natural steroid-free bodybuilder.
So do we really get fatter during cold weather, Tom?
The answer is YES, according to Venuto, the author of The Body Fat Solution: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight!
Now if that isn't a cold slap to the face, I don't know what is!
I'll leave Tom to explain the whys and hows. The link to his explanation is below.
Meanwhile, how did you and your diet fare over the holidays -- especially yesterday, Super Bowl Sunday, a date that will live in junk food infamy?
I had every intention to stick close to my Diet-to-Go Low-Fat Traditional meal plan. But you know what they say about good intentions -- the path to SWELL is paved with them!
And I don't mean swell as in great. I mean swell as in my bloated belly!
The sad thing is I wasn't lured onto the rocks by the siren song of party snacks like chicken, wings or pizza. No... Mr. Bad Food was tempted by the foods I saw on a two-hour History Channel program that focused on America's favorite eats.
Specifically, I was done in by the segment on BARBECUED RIBS!
From the smoke pit onscreen to the pit of my stomach, my resolve was gone in a flash. Two hours later, my kids and I jumped into the car and raced our way to Damon's Grill, a place known for its ribs.
My boy and I demolished a full rack of ribs each. And since my resolve now lay in smoky, saucy ruins, I also helped my daughter finish off her dessert which was some sort of four-layered chocolate cake.
I find it helps to confess my dieting sins. None of us should expect to be perfect when it comes to weight loss.
The occasional stumble is bound to catch you off guard. Or as Forrest Gump may wax poetic, "Slip happens!"
So I sit here without guilt or remorse. Weigh in day is Wedenesday. This week I am hoping for a break-even scale number. Come back and see how I do.
Meanwhile, to read the rest of Tom Venuto's feature, "Does Cold Weather Make You Store Body Fat?,
Author: John McGran