12.12.2011

Loving the Skin I'm In

As seems to be the norm with everyone in the blogging community, I have become hooked on Pinterest. I have boards devoted to craft projects that I will never do, recipes that I will never make and Christmas presents that I will never receive. It's great for those of who want to live vicariously through the creativity of others! There is one board noticeably missing however. One devoted to "motivation."

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So you want to be healthy and physically fit? That's awesome, more power to you! So you want to look like a Victoria's Secret model. Umm...not so much. This semester I took my first nutrition class and it has been amazing. It was long overdue as there is so much conflicting nutrition information out there- Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, the Atkins Diet- how will you ever lose weight?! What I came to realize was amazing, and I wish more women out there obtained the knowledge I was able to.

First of all, if your desire is to look like a size 0 model, you're effectively awarding yourself a lifetime of feeling unhappy and inadequate. If your desire is to be in the best shape for you then you are an inspiration, friend. As much conflicting information is out there in regards to nutrition here's the important stuff I learned:

1. Eat more fruits and veggies. Duh!

2. Make most of your grains whole.

3. Keep your calories in check. 

Here is a simple way to determine your caloric needs:
First, calculate your BMR (Basal metabolic rate).
BMR = 655 + (4.35 x [Your weight in pounds]) + (4.7 x [Your height in inches]) - (4.7 x [Your age in years]) 
For example, 655 + (4.35 x 125) + (4.7 x 64) - (4.7 x 23) =  1090 kCal
1090 kCal is my BMR.

Next, determine your level of activity.
Sedentary = 1.2
Lightly active = 1.375
Moderately active = 1.55
Very active = 1.725

Then, multiply your BMR by your activity level.
For example, 1090 kCal x 1.375 = 1500 kCal.
1500 kCal is what I should be eating.


4. 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week.


It doesn't take much to be in great physical shape. Don't pay attention to all those bogus ads for cleanses, detoxes or what-have-you. If you want to get in shape, there are no easy outs. It takes dedication, but the rewards are well worth it. 

Most importantly, I think it's well worth remembering that I could work out for 3 hours a day and never look like a Victoria's Secret model. But you know what? That's okay. Because I love the skin I'm in :)

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4 comments:

  1. And I think it is what matters, feeling good within your body! And there you give good advice - to follow, it's important to look after ourselves, always|
    Have a great evening.

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  2. Such a good life lesson that we will never look like VS models. :)

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  3. It's so sad how many people are completely missing this simple information.

    Oh, and lets not forget lay off the fast food and processed junk.

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  4. Great post - we have to remember that most of the publicity is around fads that are trying to make money, not necessarily what's best for us. I've never been a big fan of fast food.
    Ann

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