My January was spent losing weight I’d already lost at the end of last year. Depressing! Oh well, onto February.
In other news, I’m working my way through this book, The Plan, by Lyn-Genet Recitas. I’m going to start outlining some interesting things from the book that I have read, in hopes to not only arrange my thoughts in order but also share with you guys.
So far, here are the interesting points I’ve read:
· Drink your water! (Duh.) – However, she says that you need to drink ½ your body weight in water, no less or more. Deviating either way can show a gain on the scale the next day.
· Stop drinking your water by 7:30! – This was interesting. She claims that any beverage consumed after 7:30 will also show up on the scale the next day.
· There is no real need for snacking.- The body does not need 6+ meals a day. If you eat that many meals, your body will spend its energy on digestion all day instead of focusing on repair and restore. She advocates 3 meals a day with 1 snack. (However she also says eat an ounce of dark chocolate after dinner, which I count as a “snack.” So there is room for argument in her logic here.)
· Sodium is the devil. (Duh.)- Most of us get a lot of our salt from breads.
· Do not exercise more than 4 times a week, and only for 30 minutes a day. – This is quite controversial. Per the book, exercise doesn’t burn most of our calories – it is when we are sleeping or sitting around that our body expends most of its calories repairing. Excess exercise puts strain and stress on the body, which will likely lead to inflammation.
I’ll admit – I’m a little interested in this book. It has a STRICT 20 day plan that you have to follow to discover your “reactive” foods. I am still on the fence about starting it – it takes a lot of prep, a lot of time, and a lot of patience. All of which I am slim on these days.
I'll go into her lengthy theory about inflammation (all kinds) and weight gain later. Happy Weekend!