Is writing making you Fat?

Are you a writer and have gained a lot of weight? Hopefully, reading this short post may help you put things into perspective, and avoid that slump.

Yes… I said fat, but really I meant weight gain from sitting all the time. As much as I love writing, I hate weight gain. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic formula.

It happens to us all, and there are things you can do to deal with it. There is no special diet, in fact, diets are really bad for you because they put your body into starvation mode and it makes it harder to lose weight.  So stop decreasing your calories, it won’t work, and you will feel hungry and irritable all the time…believe me I’ve been there. Lifestyle changes are the best thing you can do.  Make time for a sport you like and stick to it, go swimming, jog, or bike ride.

So what is the solution?

You must include some form of exercise at least 5 times per week, even if it’s just walking.  You could get a treadmill, bike or rowing machine if you don’t like exercising outdoors.  I just discovered something called ICH training.  It’s a spin bike (many gyms have them).  You can hook up your phone to it and it guides you through a workout.  It stores the results.

It’s important to either find a stand-up desk or take frequent exercise breaks and then go back to work.  This works well if you are working at home.  I have a small gym in the basement with a few weights.  Building muscle helps speed up the body’s metabolism.  Doing some exercises at home can do wonders.  Get yourself a yoga mat.

What you should eat?

Eat Fresh and natural foods, high in protein.  Skip the bread and wheat.  Nutrition weight & wellness have great podcasts and information from dieticians.  Go to iTunes and download it.  You won’t be sorry.  They emphasize the importance of eating “real food.” Diet is complicated, and I won’t take time to go into it.

If you eat healthier you won’t have to worry too much about weight gain.  If you count calories, you can then adjust your exercise routine, so that you don’t eat more than you burn.  This is very important.

Some studies have shown that the brain works better after exercise.  This is an added bonus.  I do think that if you are not eating right, you may feel tired more often.  I try to eat every four hours instead of mindlessly eating and working.  That is the worst thing you can do.

If you have any good ideas, feel free to share them on the comments section.



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