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Burrito Bill Belly Buster

Posted July 20, 2010

How do you lose those five vacation pounds? Would you care to help a guy who ate too many burritos during his vacation last month in New Mexico? We'll call it the Burrito Bill Belly Buster.

I asked trainer and registered dietitian Tara Wind of Lifetime Fitness for some help in shedding those vacation pounds. Here's what Tara had to say:

1. Taper back your portion size to normal.
2. Stop splurging - vacation is over! You have to tell yourself that!
3. Return to a normal eating schedule - have regularly spaced meals and snacks.
4. Don't eat out much (too many calories and fat). Opt instead to cooking at home - save money and eat healthier!
5. Strive for consistency in workouts. Don't worry about quality - just get back in the habit of working out.
6. Get out early in the morning before it's hot or go to the gym for some AC in the later day or evening.
7. Swim laps at the pool!

Thanks, Tara and I look forward to your recommendations.


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  • Wanda63 Jul 21, 2010

    My husband has been a big diet pepsi drinker for the 30 years we've been together. He'd go through 6 liters per week by himself. I rarely drink soda because I don't care for it. He gave it up in early April and cut back on his snacking during the day on salty snacks and luncheon meats He now eats cereal for breakfast, a light lunch and a regular dinner but smaller portions and has lost approx. 12 to 15 lbs. He only drinks water now! I think giving up the soda has contributed greatly to his weight loss. Although sugar free, diet sodas contain a lot of sodium. It's amazing that he doesn't miss it.

  • goldsborogirl78 Jul 21, 2010 are exactly right. Most of the food people consume is pure junk. It's amazing how much extra weight you will lose by just eating naturally. I also cut out sugar simply because it serves no good purpose. However, I haven't been able to drop the diet coke, but I'm working on it!

  • scarletindurham Jul 20, 2010

    Cutting all the processed chemicals out of your diet will really do amazing wonders for your metabolism. All of those artificial chemicals like high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated this and that, artificial junk, soy this and that, aspartame, saccharin, nitrates, etc. wreak havoc on your hormones, cause obesity, diseases, cancer, and a wealth of other issues. With a solid exercise plan and clean foods (that have a mother or come from the ground), the weight will start to melt off. Plus you'll feel better than you have in years without all those chemicals polluting your body. I love being able to enjoy fresh cheese, breads, etc. because my body knows it is good NATURAL food and knows how to process it, unlike that frankenfood found at the Food Lion that your body doesn't even recognize...

  • Wanda63 Jul 20, 2010

    Go back to the diet you were on before vacation; bump up the exercise and drink plenty of water.

    Now, if I would listen to my own advice, I'd be in way better shape than I am currently!

    Good luck!

  • isthatallthereis84 Jul 20, 2010

    thanks 'thefensk'! I'm going to check that out. I get overwhelmed with labels, because it's really disheartening to see how much 'junk' is in our food. Scarey really. I'm trying to ween myself off most things that contain 'multiple' ingredients. But, to say something to uncgirl-2010, oh my how I love chips !! (my biggest weakness......) Good for you !! Keep it up !!

  • uncgirl_2010 Jul 20, 2010

    Well, I amazingly enough LOST a pound during me vacation. I was surprised, but then the following week I gained a pound. I go in to weigh in tonight and it looks like I may have lost 2 pounds this week. I've been doing Weight Watchers and so far have lost 11 pounds. Of course it's taken me 9 weeks, but that's ok. I read the labels and look at the fat, calories and fiber content. I have found I would rather eat grapes or apples instead of chips as a snack so that I can have a sweet treat later on.

  • thefensk Jul 20, 2010

    Read and understand the labels!!! Don't believe the large print, read the small print.
    For instance, 0% trans fat? Hah! If you see the word "hydrogenated" in the ingredients don't believe it (the government allows them to put 0% if it is less than 1/2 gram per serving but they suggest we eat no more than 2 grams per day). Reduced fat? To what end? I cringe every time I see someone pick up some "reduced fat" peanut butter. Virtually no calorie savings there because they replace the fat with corn syrup and similar junk.
    Don't get me started on "portion sizes" on most labeling.

    A cookbook I've been using lately is "Cook This ... Not That" ... in fact, there is a whole series of "Eat This ... Not That" books. They are all about unlearning your sloppy eating habits and getting back to good food.

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