Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Rule of 165

I often remind members and clients that there are 168 hours in a week. Exercising at the gym, doing boot camp, or even working one-on-one with me for 3 hours (no matter how hard) every week will not negate the results of your behavior the other 165 hours.

Chris Lopez, RKC has dubbed it "The Rule of 165", which I love.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you already know you can't out-train a bad diet. Unfortunately, we're bombarded with cheap fast food and "convenience" foods. The more packaged foods you eat, the easier it is too pile on excess pounds.

In his book, "The End of Overeating", David Kessler, M.D., former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner shows how that the food industry has made it a priority to create high-calorie foods with the most addictive possible combination of intense flavor and "mouthfeel".

As Caroline Apovian, M.D., director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center points out, "A century ago, to consume 400 calories, you had to go buy the meat, vegetables, and rice, and come home and cook it. Now you can consume the same amount of calories just by downing a bag of Cheetos."

So what you do in the other 165 hours when you're not exercising?

Do you "reward" yourself after a workout with a candy bar, ice cream, dessert, etc.

Do you spend hours in front of the TV or computer?

Are you eating healthy, nutritious meals?

Do you get 30 minutes of activity on your off-days?

Is Happy Hour a regular habit for you?

Are you preparing lunches you can eat during the week so you won't grab fast food or a processed microwave meal?

Are you an example of an active and healthy lifestyle for your kids and/or grandkids?

The 3 hours you spend working out are important to your health and fitness but don't forget The Rule of 165.


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