Working up an Appetite

tasty food looks so yummy...As a person who loves to eat and try new foods whenever the opportunity arises, I know what a pain it can be to stay in shape when surrounded by tasty things. I also know that sometimes, regardless of how delicious or well made a meal might be, people just aren’t hungry. Finding the right balance between eating too much and eating too little is a struggle many of us endure without ever finding that perfect balance, but there are ways to beat it. For starters, exercising before you start eating can help you to eat less in a variety of reasons, some of which I’ll explain here.

You ever read about Isaac Newton before? He’s the one who came up with the laws of physics, basic high school stuff, or maybe even middle school the way they’re trying to cram information into kids these days. Well he said an object in motion tends to stay in motion, while an object at rest tends to stay at rest. He may have been talking about heavenly bodies and objects throughout the world, but the same can be said for people. Active people tend to stay active and inactive people tend to stay on the couch. Want to guess who has the higher metabolism among the two?

Well it’s been proven time and time again that intense physical activity boosts the body’s metabolism. That need for energy will have your brain telling this that and the other piece to start breaking down ready sugars or stored fats and using them to fuel your function. So, even if you’re going to be sitting down for the meal, exercising for a short time beforehand can give you an edge on getting rid of the food you eat, as well as help you to feel fuller faster by encouraging digestion before you even start eating.

dfitness is the best after allLots of games require other people around to play, so you’ll want to stick with something you can comfortably do alone, without help from anyone else. I’ve found that throwing around this MMA JIU JITSU dummy gets muscles all over my body working and helps me to break a little sweat before I eat. Some of these dummies are really heavy and in those cases, tossing them around can feel like tossing around an actual person. You might not do much tossing at all in that case, but that’s not the point. The point is getting active before eating and this accomplishes it nicely.

I’m probably downplaying the awesomeness of these guys, as handsome as they might be. You could always throw around medicine balls or some other compact, dense and heavy object; whatever you have handy. Calisthenics are another good choice and they don’t require any weights at all. Stuff like running in place, jumping jacks, pushups and other quick, easy exercises will work just as well for this purpose. If you want to master food, you’ve got to teach your body how to handle it and process it fast. Just think of this as training, if that helps.