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Diet and Nutrition Questions & Answers and a Weekend Goose Attack

Have you ever been attacked by a goose?

We almost were over the weekend while on a bike ride.  We stopped at a pond so Maren could feed the ducks and a family of geese swam over and Mama Goose started hissing…

…I had no idea geese hissed.  She scared the baby ducks away while her whole group got out of the water and walked toward us with Mama Goose still hissing and puffing her chest.  I didn’t want to see what would happen if Mama Goose attacked, so we packed Maren up and rode away.

Weird experience to say the least.

Anyway, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from readers lately, which I love, and thought I’d share a few with you on the topic of nutrition and weight loss.

Q:  “I’m having a lot of trouble resisting things like cakes and other deserts.  What can I do to stop the temptations?”

A:  You’re not going to stop craving these foods, nor should you.  You like them and should enjoy them.  Depriving yourself of your favorite foods is the downfall of most weight loss efforts.  You get in this “I can’t” attitude where all your favorite foods get totally cut out, but sooner or later you snap and eat those forbidden foods, then feel defeated.

Instead you need to focus on limiting your favorite foods to certain times of the week.

Say your favorite is Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which is fantastic by the way.  Don’t do something stupid and say you’re not going to eat it at all, instead limit it to 1 serving Friday or Saturday night (or whatever night you want).

Doing that gives you something to look forward to, without feeling deprived.

Plus don’t go nuts on the amount you eat.  Just because I say it’s OK to eat it doesn’t mean you are allowed to stuff your face.

Q:  “I’m heading on vacation this week and want to fit into my bikini.  I’ve got like 7 pounds to lose.  Can you give me some toning exercises and a diet that will get me there?”

A:  No.

Q:  “Why do you always talk about fiber whenever you give nutrition tips?”

A:  For a couple reasons, actually. 

First, fiber-rich foods are also some of the healthiest foods around.  Fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans are all loaded with fiber PLUS they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and protein (nuts/beans) and healthy fats (nuts/beans).  I not only want you to reach your weight loss and fitness goals, but I want you to be healthy.

So many people lose sight of health in their pursuit of fat loss and that shouldn’t be the case.

Fiber-rich foods are also REAL foods.  Meaning they’re not processed, loaded with tons of preservatives and crammed into a box or a bag, sitting on a shelf for months on end with “vitamin enriched” or “multi-grain” stamped on the box.

Another reason I encourage you to increase your fiber intake is that it doesn’t let you eat as much at one time.

Fiber “bulks” and makes you feel fuller faster.  If you feel “full” faster, you won’t eat as much.  If you don’t eat as much, you will lose weight.  It really is that simple.

By the way, I didn’t mean to brush aside that question about fitting in to the bikini, but it’s true.

I get questions like that all the time and I usually don’t even respond to them because that’s not how I operate.  I don’t encourage people to do crazy things to lose a bunch of weight in a very short period of time.  It’s unhealthy and stupid.

Have a great day!

Ed Scow

P.S. – If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  I’m here to help.

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