Simple Exercises

When you start a new routine for dieting, it’s often helpful to accompany it with exercise but you don’t have to overdo it. This helps your heart, benefits your body and builds some muscle… the more muscle you have, the more calories you need so get going! Here are some simple ones:

Walking at a slow pace burns 200-300 calories per hour… have a dog? give him an extra hour’s walk every few days. I worked out, depending on your weight, you burn roughly 100 per mile.

Pushing the lawnmower round the garden can burn up to 500 per hour! How clean will your garden be this year?

Swimming even a slow breast stroke can burn nearly 600 calories, 940 if you’re a strong, fast swimmer!

Wii Boxing (from the sports package) is reported to burn around 500 per hour and other fitness games are supposed to help too.

When you earn those extra calories, eat them back, it helps motivate you to move and you can carry on enjoying the things you love.

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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Exercise


Shirataki Noodles, Yam Noodles Konjac

Shirataki noodles have been getting a lot of press lately so I thought I would try them out. Shirataki noodles are low calorie (1 bowlful is reported to be as many as 10 calories. Egg noodles in the same quantity are nearer 3-400)… Sounds like a dieters dream. You can buy these online, but I strongly recommend you search for a local oriental store. You’ll save a fortune on shipping and more importantly, you’ll save the ‘novelty tax’ some retailers will add knowing the demand.

The first time I tried these I was pleasantly surprised. I boiled them in chicken stock and served with a little of the juice. They were actually delicious, no rubbery feeling reported and no taste beyond the stock. They were filling and made a very good substitute for standard noodles!

The second time I tried them in a stir fry, actually my wife’s stir fry. This time the Shirataki noodles felt rubbery although weren’t at all chewy, not the desired texture.

The third time I made a bolognese and boiled some to take the place of spaghetti, wow! it was amazing.

Filling, with virtually no calories, what’s the catch?

One catch which is commonly reported is diarrhoea, the shiritaki noodles do race through my body and the body of others at an unbelievable rate. Once that portion of noodles is out however, it’s over and done with so it’s a once per meal problem. Having lived the last 10+ years with an undiscovered fructose intollerance, I can cope with this every so often, others wouldn’t. My wife didn’t suffer at all from these symptoms so be warned but you may be ok.

The Shirataki noodles are normally sold in water, you’ll find them in a good oriental store (or ask for them to be ordered in). In the US and elsewhere, these noodles are often made from tofu which adds calories, but is apparently a nicer texture; I have never tried them.

One example of a meal I just ate:

Aubergine (eggplant)
Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 packet of Shirataki Noodles (boiled in chicken stock)

My bowl was full but only had 31 calories… that’s less than a single ryvita.


My Fitness Pal for Weight Loss

This is really the website and tool which made my weight loss possible. It allows me to add foods rather than calories, the database is sometimes a little bit out but measuring exact calories is hardly an exact science.

The site is completely free to use and even has a free mobile app which allows you to track on the go and even scan bar codes in the kitchen.

It is also sensible, if you don’t need to lose weight, it will not encourage you to. In fact it can be used to maintain or gain weight in the same way.

There are others and I’m afraid I didn’t shop around, once I found MFP, I didn’t think I needed to 😉

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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Tools for Weight Loss