Thursday, January 13, 2011
Losing Weight Starts in the Kitchen
Just an interesting little piece which agrees with what I always say--If you want to lose weight and keep it off then you need to make your own food: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/family-dinner-how_b_806114.html<
Frankly, I don't understand why people don't cook from scratch more. It really takes less time and effort then constantly driving around looking for prepared food. You go to the grocery store a couple of times a week, stock up, and then just cook.
One habit which continues to baffle me is people who leave home to get coffee, then bring it back. It takes me less then 5 minutes to make a cup of coffee that's 20 times better (and hotter) then anything that takes a 20 minute round trip of driving (and waiting in line for).
If all the people who drive to Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts for their morning cup of joe just made it themselves (I use one of those ceramic cones that makes one cup at a time), they could use that 15 minutes they save to make a healthier breakfast. Instead that Starbucks Blueberry scone (460 calories) and Caffe Latte (190 calories), if you just made yourself a nice cup of coffee with milk (15 calories) and a bowl of old-fashioned oatmeal (150 calories) you'd save 485 calories a day. That would mean you could potentially lose 1 pound a week just from the breakfast shift alone. Plus, it would still take you less time then your drive to Starbucks.
And, just so you know, even the "skinny" drinks at Starbucks have over 100 calories each. The Skinny flavored lattes are 130 calories. That's 115 extra calories a day over just your home-made joe. Just change that you you could lose 12 pounds in a year.