Too busy to catch all the week's fitness, diet, and workout news as it happened? Here's a quick wrap-up of what was getting buzz.
Is Nutrition Information Overload Scaring Kids?
All parents want their children to develop healthful eating habits that may help reduce the odds of chronic diseases later in life. But are some parents going overboard? That's the question posed by the New York Times, which quotes dietitians and eating disorder experts expressing concern that Mom's and Dad's insistence upon all-organic meals and no white carbs may be producing a crop of paranoid kids. We've written before about the 5 comments you should never make to your kid about his or her weight; maybe it's time for a similar guide to discussing nutrition. Or maybe it's as simple as one of the experts quoted in the piece says: "All an 8-year-old kid should know is that he or she should eat a variety of colors, and don't supersize anything but your water jug."
How to Learn to Toss Food
If you are trying to keep your weight down but your fear of wasting food is making you eat scraps from your dinner companion's plate, check out this Thinking Thin blog entry by Judith Beck, which runs on the Psychology Today website. It will teach you how to toss food rather than eat it. Beck is director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research and has developed a program that applies principles of cognitive therapy to dieting. Here are 7 mistaken beliefs that she says prevent weight loss.
Just One Change Can Benefit Your Health
The March issue of Self magazine features a story about the dietary changes made by 6 women that resulted in improved health and well-being. Each woman did just one thing differently, from mapping out meals to eating more greens at dinner. We like this idea; we've written before about the notion of making three lifestyle changes as a way to lose weight. Need ideas? Check out our readers' suggestions.
Snazzy New Indoor Bicycles: Just Like Outdoors?
One of the MisFits, the Washington Post's fitness columnists, checked out a new breed of indoor gym cycles that aim to better duplicate the outdoor riding experience. Some have moving handlebars to get your upper body in the mix, others twist and tilt to keep your entire body more engaged than it would be on a purely stationary bike. All require a bit of getting used to, but the pro cyclist who took one class gave the workout high marks.