Diet and Exercise Support Group


Diet and Exercise Support Group

This is a group for those atheists who want to add/drop weight for the purpose of obtaining a higher standard of fitness. It is also there for those who wish to support or need continued support once obtaining their personal health and fitness goals.

If you determine to join this group, you may feel free to use a thread as a journal to log your status as you work your way to a healthier you.

Members: 19
Latest Activity: Apr 9, 2017

Discussion Forum

What's on your kitchen counter?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Randall Smith Oct 22, 2015. 2 Replies

You eat what you see, and if you see only see a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, you'll lose weight. Put cookies, cereal and soda on it, and you'll gain.…Continue

Tags: food on counter

A pint of water before meals drops weight

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27, 2015. 2 Replies

Glass of water before each meal could help in weight reductionResearchers have shown that drinking 500ml of…Continue

Tags: water, weight loss

Liver impaired by two weeks of fat & fructose

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 30, 2014. 5 Replies

It took just two weeks of a typical Western diet, high in fat and fructose, to make the livers of healthy adult rats get more fatty and and less sensitive to insulin.…Continue

Tags: insulin resistance, fatty liver, fat and fructose

Vitamin D deficiency makes us obese

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 28, 2014. 1 Reply

Vitamin D can lower weight, blood sugar via the brain, study findsVitamin D deficiency affects weight and…Continue

Tags: insulin resistance, obesity, vitamin D

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Comment by Randall Smith on April 9, 2017 at 7:25am

Gee, no comments here for over a year!

I've just completed 2 full weeks on a sugar-free "diet". No cookies, chocolate, ice cream, brown or white sugar, honey and syrup, candy, etc. Exceptions are what's in cereal, ketchup, peanut butter and other "processed" foods, trying to keep it at a minimum.

Surprisingly, I've gained about 3 lbs. I'm guessing it's because I make up for the lack of sugar by eating other junk foods, like pretzels and crackers (with peanut butter). I have two more weeks to go on my program. I'll have to double up on my willpower. By the way, I'm averaging 7.5 miles walking every day (225 miles in March). Hope this doesn't sound like I'm bragging. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 16, 2016 at 7:04am

I've picked up about 5 lbs over winter (which, on my frame, is actually good). However, it goes to my midsection. So, I'm trying to exercise it off (and eat less sugar). Signed up for a 5k run April 9, and am jogging to get in shape. I'll never make it without walking a few (many?) times. That's okay. I don't care about my time. I just want to have an excuse to jog again.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 25, 2015 at 7:42am

Thanks to great weather, I've been walking outdoors this past week. Further, I logged 20 miles in the last  two days. And no rest on Christmas day. I just love to walk.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 3, 2015 at 7:16am

Dr. Mercola has two good articles for July 3rd, one on intermittant fasting and the other on the importance of walking (5 mi/day)).

Comment by Randall Smith on June 20, 2015 at 7:01am

For some reason, I was never a water person. I can swim and have rafted, canoed, snorkled, etc. Even had a pool (above ground for the kiddies). But, I avoid going in the water any more. Sorry, Spud, you don't have a good place to go.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 19, 2015 at 2:24pm

I've always loved swimming and SCUBA diving, but I don't do it anymore.  I'd like to because it's good exercise as well as being enjoyable.  

I don't do it because I'm not close to a convenient place to do either, except a public pool, which stings my eyes because of the chlorine, and the thought of what's present in those pools is a bit repulsive, even with all the chlorine.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 19, 2015 at 2:18pm

I thought todays "Peanuts" comic was funny, and one commenter reminded me of the sidestroke in swimming.  That reminded me that I always liked the sidestroke because it seemed almost effortless. It seemed to gain the most distance with the least amount of energy. I now see that I was right. It’s used for life saving and sometimes used for long distance swimming.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 3, 2015 at 6:54am

Hope everybody is feeling and looking healthy. Nothing beats eating right and exercising.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 3, 2015 at 7:45am

Dr. Mercola had two articles today about exercise routines. He's really big on "high-intensity interval training" (HIIT). I've probably mentioned it before, but I'm a believer in it. He usually refers to using a stationary bike--and I do, but I alternate the reps with boxing--hitting a punching bag as fast as I can for 30 seconds. Bike, box, bike, box, etc., 8 times, 30 secs each, with 90 secs "rest' time between reps. It's a workout--and quick. And, supposedly, very effective. Better than jogging. Check it out.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 6, 2015 at 8:26am

Ruth, after reading a book about a family that went a whole year w/o sugar, I was inspired to try to cut back on my sugar/carb consumption. Rather than going cold turkey, I thought I'd try an every other day approach. I have no weight or health issues (i.e., diabetes) to cause me to do this--I just know sugar is bad for me.

Thanks for your input. Good luck with your dietary restrictions. As the late Paul Lynde would say, "You think it's easy?"


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