Diet Resolution #4: Turn Off Your TV!
Turning off the television will help me lose weight? That's right. If you are trying to lose or just maintain your weight, you need to turn off your television. If you're watching TV you are most likely not moving and you're probably consuming too many calories.
A scientific study of 1,500 people found that those who increased their time in front of the television gained an average of nine pounds over the course of the study.
Our SuperFoodsRx weight-loss experts, Dr. Steven Pratt and Dr. Wendy Bazilian, recommend limiting your TV watching to 10 hours each week. If you're watching 20 hours each week now, spend the 10 hours you just gained being active!
The easiest way to disconnect yourself from the television is walking. Take a walk after dinner instead of flopping on the couch. Walk while you make a phone call. Don't just let the dog outside, go with him. Anytime you think about turning on the TV, think about taking a walk instead. It's easy; put on your shoes and head for the door. Aim for at least 30 minutes of walking a day and work your way up to 10,000 steps. Pages 78 through 85 of The SuperFoodsRx Diet Book can help you with this.
Exercise not only helps with weight-loss and weight control but it also slows the deterioration of your brain. In fact, a study showed that physical inactivity was an even greater risk to health than tobacco smoking. So don't let too much time in front of the boob tube ruin your body and brain. Turn off your TV and go for that walk.