Tuesday, February 15, 2011

True or False: Fidgeting burns calories

True:  Have you ever noticed the person that can't sit still is usually at a healthy weight?  Studies have shown that fidgeting burns more calories than sitting still.  So take some cues from your fidgety friend, significant other, family member or co-worker: 
- Instead of sitting during a meeting, stand up.
- Don't sit still when talking on the phone.  Get up and walk around while chatting on the phone (the beauty of cordless phones).
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Walk up or down escalators.
- Get up from your chair every 15 minutes.
- Instead of calling or emailing your coworker, take a walk to his/her desk.
- When watching TV, get up during commercials. Better yet, exercise or stretch while watching TV.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

True or False: Your body burns more calories digesting ice cold beverages

• Your body burns more calories digesting ice cold beverages and foods (T/F)

True. But the amount of calories burned drinking ice cold beverages is very low. Don't expect to lose tons of weight by only drinking cold water.  A variety of studies have indicated that drinking five or six glasses of ice cold water could help you burn about 10 extra calories a day. What does this mean for your weight? That would equal about 1 pound of weight loss each year.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Delicious and Healthy Desserts: Baked Apples

Try this simple recipe for a tasty and healthy dessert:

■Core apples, skim around the top for wider opening.

■Add in each apple:

     ■1 tsp Orange Juice


■Place in microwave safe bowl with 1 tbsp of water. Cover with lid or saran wrap leaving it slightly open. Microwave on high 2 minutes, rotate dish, microwave 2 minutes more. (Microwave times may vary)