Life Fitness

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Weighing it up

Don't get obsessed with weight and body image, says Karl Henry

Karl Henry

Published 13/06/2013 | 11:46

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Ideally, you should weigh yourself once a week at the same time on the same day.

It’s become a national pastime over the last few years. Indeed, as a society obsessed with weight and body image, people now weigh themselves on an almost daily basis. Sometimes even twice a day.

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This does nothing but frustrate you as you watch your weight go up and down at different times of the day, making your weight-loss journey even harder. Let’s look at a few reasons about what actually happens:

• You are always heavier in the evening time, sometimes by as much as three pounds depending on your food and fluid intake during the day.

• The ideal time to weigh yourself is in the morning time as soon as you have got out of bed.

• Nope, those cheap electronic scales don’t actually work or read your body fat. My favourite scales are called Omron, or I have a great new wireless one by a company called Withings, which has been extremely impressive.

• Place your scales on a solid floor, not carpets.

• Each pound of fat you are aiming to lose has 3,500 calories so, needless to say, you aren’t going to lose this in a day.

• Ideally, you should weigh yourself once a week at the same time on the same day.

• Keep a record and then just come back to it once a week.

By following these simple tips you will find it easier to lose weight. Life is for living and having fun, and by doing it this way you are allowing for that. If you are at your ideal weight now, don’t be afraid to give yourself a cut-off point. If your weight goes above this, you need to exercise a little more. Generally 3-4 pounds is ideal and it also helps you to ensure your weight doesn’t go up too much.

HEALTHY RECIPE: KARL’S SUPERFOOD SOUP

YOU WILL NEED

1 15oz (426g) tin white beans, rinsed and drained

2 medium to large carrots, sliced

3 medium broccoli florets

1 large onion, diced

1 red pepper, sliced

1 yellow pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced or sliced thinly

2 medium sweet potatoes, diced

½ tsp basil

½ tsp oregano

1 or 2 bay leaves

1 tbsp soy sauce

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 organic vegetable stock cubes (and two pints of water)

Method

Dice all the ingredients and put them into a pot. Cook until vegetables are soft, adding the water ladle by ladle.

Blend and serve immediately, and don’t forget to freeze the leftovers.

Step to it

Bokwa is a new dance-type fitness craze that seems to be sweeping the country over the past few months. Having recently visited one of the classes, I have to say it’s pretty impressive. Plus it’s fun, good for co-ordination, good for your aerobic system and your muscle tone too. I am all for exercise that is fun. If you enjoy it, the chances are it will last.

See bokwafitness.com

Fancy a Coppa?

When I find somewhere new that serves up seriously healthy food that is delicious and fresh, I get all excited. Well, last week I went to Coppa in the RHA on Ely Place in Dublin. They serve soup and sandwiches with a focus on fresh |wholefoods. It has become my new recommendation. Next time you’re in Dublin, drop in and check it out. coppa.ie

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